Meghan Markle underwent ‘crash course’ in journalism ‘lingo’ as Vogue guest editor

'I know how important the September issue is for the fashion industry'

The Duchess of Sussex guest edits British Vogue

The Duchess of Sussex has revealed she was “nervous” about asking British Vogue editor Edward Enninful to edit the publication’s September issue and underwent a “crash course in editorial lingo” for the project.

Writing in the magazine’s editor’s letter, Meghan recalls how she met with Enninful “over a steaming cup of mint tea” in January to discuss how the two could work together to effectively communicate the causes they care about.

Hours later, the powerful duo exchanged ideas over text message until the Duchess “built up the courage” to ask if she could guest edit the September issue as opposed to fronting the cover of the magazine, as was initially suggested.

“I know how important the September issue is for the fashion industry,” Meghan said of pitching the idea. “I realise the reach, and I see the opportunity to be a part of fashion’s push for something greater, kinder, more impactful.

“But I am also a little nervous to be boldly asking the editor-in-chief, whom I’ve only just met, to take a chance on me.”

Much to the former Suits actor’s delight, Enninful accepted her request.

“Sitting on my sofa at home, two dogs nestled across me, I quietly celebrated when the words appeared on my screen,” she revealed.

Days later, the two began having regular meetings to discuss ideas for the issue, such as who they would like to interview and who they would want to feature on the cover.

“All while I was undergoing a crash course in editorial lingo,” Meghan explains, citing “the well” [the central features section of a magazine] and acronyms including “FOB”, which refers to the front section of a publication.

“I was trying to blend in,” she added, “to keep up with the pace of these seasoned professionals, and to learn as much as I could as quickly as possible.”

The magazine’s cover features 15 women as chosen by the Duchess, all of whom hail from the worlds of activism, politics, sports, Hollywood and beyond.

The September issue of British Vogue also features an exclusive interview conducted between the duchess and former US first lady Michelle Obama, in addition to a conversation between the Duke of Sussex and primatologist Dr Jane Goodall, an article written by I Weigh founder Jameela Jamil, and more.

In her editor’s letter, Meghan described working on the issue as “a very special time”, adding that she was “deeply honoured” to have been involved.

The Duchess concluded: “To the women who have taken my aspirations for this issue and brought them to life by being a part of this time capsule, both on the cover and in-book, I am so grateful; you are inspirations to me and I’m humbled by your support. And to you, the reader, thank you – and I hope you enjoy.”

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in