What we’d want from a Meghan-edited Vogue

The odds are shortening that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will guest-edit the September issue of British Vogue.

Although the source of the information is tabloid magazine Us Weekly, it hasn't stopped far more credible news outlets from jumping on the Meghan wagon.

Meghan Duchess of Sussex (left, with Prince Harry and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall) is tipped to be guest-editing British ‘Vogue’.Credit:AP

The original article said Meghan, true to form, "won’t simply be a figurehead; she’s planning to put her stamp on the glossy pages". The anonymous source said Meghan will pen an opinion piece, commission a panel of "female change-makers" to write essays, as well as appear in a glamorous photo shoot, possibly at the home she shares with Prince Harry, Frogmore Cottage.

More lofty rumours include that she will appear in some of the photos with Master Archie "not a prince" Harrison, the couple's one-month-old son.

Meghan won't be the first royal to grace the pages of the fashion bible, with her sister-in-law, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, doing it in 2016 under former editor Alexandra Shulman.

Shulman's replacement, Edward Enninful, has made a point of ramping up diversity at the tome to an 11, bringing in Naomi Campbell as editor-at-large and featuring a number of women of colour on the cover, including Adwoa Aboah. Enninful is also one of the names hotly tipped to replace Anna Wintour when she eventually steps aside from editing the US edition of the magazine.

So, as the world waits for confirmation whether Duchess Meghan will indeed interrupt her maternity leave again (last weekend she attended the Queen's Trooping of the Colour despite not being obligated to do so) to accept the Vogue gig, here's what we hope to see in a Meghan-edited September issue.

Will Master Archie be part of the rumoured ‘Vogue’ spread featuring the Duchess of Sussex?Credit:PA pool

Her mother

Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, won the hearts of the world when she stoically attended the couple's wedding in 2018. It must have been hard, damn hard, to go from being the relatively unknown mother of a TV actress-cum-lifestyle blogger (more on that in a moment) to a royal-adjacent. A photo of mother, daughter and grandson would be tops but, if not, we will settle for some heartfelt words on how Meghan's mother has shaped her.

Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, has played a key role in her daughter’s new life as a royal.Credit:AP

Strong (but not too strong) views

Although the royal family is generally averse to commenting on political issues, Meghan has a track record of speaking up on those close to her heart, especially on her now-defunct blog, The Tig. Appearing at an International Women's Day event in London in March, the Duchess said her passion for equality and women's issues began at age 11, "but it still feels like it’s just the beginning". Expect her opinion piece to talk about broad (and safe) themes of inclusivity, tolerance and ridding the world of the abuse of women and girls.

'Woke' fashion

It goes without saying that the clothes Meghan will wear for the shoot will be fabulous, but there will also be plenty of messages in the designers she chooses to wear, with every choice expected to be ruthlessly scrutinised. Expect an almost exclusively British line-up, with a Givenchy gown or suit for the hero spread – or the cover. Grace Wales Bonner, who Meghan wore for her "baby reveal", is another likely starter, as well as other royal favourites such as Erdem, and some of the major houses such as Dior. Expect sustainable and female-led labels. It goes without saying this is one of the year's biggest fashion coups for the lucky few.

Ripped jeans

This may be entering the realm of "tell him he's dreamin'" but I want to believe that, somewhere in Windsor, there's a Samonsite filled with Meghan's (pre-royalty) signature jeans which will make a reappearance for Vogue. After largely shelving the style since the 2017 Invictus Games, her first public appearance with Harry, they made a brief reappearance in January this year. Here's hoping.

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