Readers line up for copy of British Vogue edited by UK’s Duchess Meghan

© Reuters. British Vogue, edited by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, on sale in London © Reuters. British Vogue, edited by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, on sale in London

By Jayson Mansaray

LONDON (Reuters) – Royal-loving readers queued up on Friday to buy the new edition of the British Vogue magazine which was guest edited by Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex and wife of Britain’s Prince Harry.

Meghan, who gave birth to her first child in May, spent seven months working with the magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful for the September issue which featured 15 women she considered “Forces for Change” on the cover.

“I wanted to be one of the first … and I was very excited,” said Vanessa Forstner, 29, a luxury car saleswoman who queued up outside the Conde Nast Worldwide News store in central London.

Sandria Plummer, 55, another of those who waited to buy the magazine, said she was excited about the diverse contents Meghan had chosen.

“It’s special because the Duchess of Sussex is the editor for this month and … it’s a once in a lifetime thing to have, it’s a collectors’ item so I’m excited that I’ve got two copies now,” she said.

Former actress Meghan, 37, said in a statement she had sought to steer the focus of the September issue – usually the year’s most read – to “the values, causes and people making impact in the world today”.

The cover of the magazine features figures such as teenage climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Arden, boxer Ramla Ali and actress and women’s rights advocate Salma Hayek Pinault.

“I hope readers feel as inspired as I do, by the ‘Forces for Change’ they’ll find within these pages,” Meghan said.

The issue features a “candid conversation” between Meghan and former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and an interview by her husband Harry with veteran primatologist Jane Goodall in which he discusses the “unconscious bias” of racism.

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Meghan Markle launching clothing line

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is busy as a new mom and with her role as guest editor at British Vogue. Markle used the magazine to announce yet another big endeavor: she’s partnering with clothing brands to create a new clothing line. The collection will not only be available to women who want a piece of Meghan’s style — it will also help women in need.

In the Vogue piece, Markle explains that she partnered with retailers Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, Jigsaw, and her friend, designer Misha Nonoo, to create a capsule line of clothing. For each piece sold in the stores, another will be donated to Smart Works, an organization that provides clothing to women in need.

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Markle partnered with several clothing brands to create a capsule line that will help Smart Works, charity for which she was appointed royal patron. @SUSSEXROYAL

In January, Kensington Palace announced that Markle was appointed Royal Patron of Smart Works. The duchess is the royal patron to several charities. This one helps women get appropriate outfits for job interviews. “Once they score their dream job, they come back for a second outfit, to see them through until their first pay cheque,” Markle writes.

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“It’s the enthusiasm of the volunteers, the earnestness of the staff and, most of all, the blushing, bashful and beautiful smile that crosses a client’s face when she sees herself in the mirror, that I have found so profoundly compelling,” Markle explains. “Because in that moment, she feels special and emboldened.”

At Smart Works, the donations from woman to woman are “not a hand-me-down, but rather a hand being held,” Markle writes. 

Smart Works receives the clothing through donations, which means “it can be a potpourri of mismatched sizes and colours, not always the right stylistic choices or range of sizes,” Markle writes. To help women get work-appropriate attire that fits well and matches, Markle and the brands she enlisted will create options for a workwear wardrobe.

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Cover of British Vogue’s September issue, entitled “Forces for Change,” with photographs by Peter Lindbergh, guest edited by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Peter Lindbergh / AFP/Getty Images

The duchess is British Vogue’s first-ever guest editor. She undertook the role while she was pregnant with her son, Archie, who was born in May. She spent several months helping craft the magazine’s September issue —which is considered the most important one of the year in the fashion world.

The issue is entitled “Forces for Change” and it focuses on women who break barriers. The cover features 15 women who are “each driving impact and raising the bar for equality, kindness, justice and open mindedness.” 

Markle decided that the 16th spot on the cover will feature a mirror, so that the reader can be included to “encourage them to use their own platforms to effect change.”

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