Meghan Markle is one special working mama. Not only does she have her royal duties to attend to, but the Duchess of Sussex recently revealed she had the opportunity to guest edit the September issue of British Vogue.

Markle gave us all a glimpse into her life, and the project, via her editor’s letter. The new mom started in the beginning, writing about her first meeting with Vogue editor Edward Enninful, “What evolved over the next hour was a promising pow wow of two like-minded thinkers, who have much in common, including our love of writing. Over a steaming cup of mint tea, we teased through how one can shine light in a world filled with seemingly daily darkness. Lofty? Of course. Worth it? Without question.”

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Introducing the September 2019 issue of #BritishVogue, guest-edited by HRH The Duchess of Sussex @SussexRoyal. Entitled #ForcesForChange, the cover features 15 world-leading women who are reshaping public life for global good, and were personally chosen by The Duchess of Sussex, and British Vogue’s editor-in-chief @Edward_Enninful. The 16th slot – which, in print, appears as a mirror – is intended by The Duchess to show how you are part of this collective moment of change too. Click the link in bio to read about how The #DuchessOfSussex became the first guest editor of the September issue in the magazine’s 103-year history. Photographed in New York, Stockholm, London and Auckland by @TheRealPeterLindbergh, with fashion editors @Edward_Enninful and @TheRealGraceCoddington, hair by @BartPumpkin and @SergeNormant, make-up by @TheValGarland and @Diane.Kendal, nails by @LorraineVGriffin and @YukoTsuchihashi. On newsstands Friday 2 August. Starring: @AdwoaAboah @AdutAkech @SomaliBoxer @JacindaArdern @TheSineadBurke @Gemma_Chan @LaverneCox @JaneFonda @SalmaHayek @FrankieGoesToHayward @JameelaJamilOfficial @Chimamanda_Adichie @YaraShahidi @GretaThunberg @CTurlington

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While Enninful may have had Markle in mind for September’s cover story, the then-mama-to-be had a larger, much more far-reaching goal—guest editor. Markle spent much of her pregnancy working on her guest editing gig, but you won’t see a magazine filled with maternity-wear. Markle wrote, “I was about five months pregnant when this process began, and by the time you hold this issue in your hands, my husband and I will be holding our three-month-old baby boy in ours.”

The coveted September edition features fearless females who inspire. In her letter Markle writes of the famous faces included in the edition, “There are inspiring reads from Brené Brown and Jameela Jamil. You’ll also find a very special piece with Dr. Jane Goodall, interviewed by my husband, and a candid and heartfelt conversation between myself and the extraordinary, Michelle Obama.”

Read Markle’s full letter here or download the full September issue of Britsh Vogue on your iOS or Android device.

—Erica Loop

Featured photo: Sussex Royal via Instagram

 

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