Even before she and Prince Harry announced that they would step back from the royal family, Meghan Markle was already making changes to the way the royals operated. Five months ago, Markle was the guest editor on the “#ForcesforChange” issue of British Vogue. Now, the duchess has taken to Instagram to share a new video that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of that issue.
The video was released in part to celebrate the history that the issue made. According to the post, “#ForcesforChange” was the fastest-selling issue in the history of the magazine, and also the magazine’s bestseller of the decade, selling out its run in just 10 days.
The “#ForcesforChange” issue featured 15 black-and-white images of influential women. These were actors, politicians, and authors like Jane Fonda, Laverne Cox, Yara Shahidi, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Jameela Jamil, Adut Akech, and Salma Hayek Pinault.
In the clip, Markle discusses the process with British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful. They explain that the idea started when the two first met in January of 2019. Initially, Markle was hoping that Enninful would be able to help her with her charity line for Smart Works.
In the conversation, he also recalls the day he traveled to Kensington Palace to meet with Markle. He says he called her “duchess,” but she insisted that he call her Meghan instead.
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Earlier today @edward_enninful, the Editor in Chief of @britishvogue shared: “#ForcesForChange, guest edited by The Duchess of Sussex @SussexRoyal, was our fastest-selling issue in the history of #BritishVogue ( sold out in 10 days) and the biggest-selling issue of the past decade. I can't wait to see what 2020 has in store…” • To celebrate, we wanted to share this never before seen video behind the scenes with Edward and The Duchess of Sussex on the creation of this special issue. Please note, this was filmed last August in London. Congratulations to all of those who took part in the 2019 September issue, and huge thanks to those who supported and helped make this a success! Video credit: Directed by @kloss_films Copyright @sussexroyal
The two discuss how the issue came to fruition, and they close the video by making phone calls to each of the 15 women that they featured. The calls reflect the level of shock that some of the ladies had about speaking with the Duchess of Sussex.
In their call with Fonda, the veteran actress made a point of acknowledging how important she felt it was for Markle to use her prominence to highlight other women.
“I’m so proud of you for using your amazing platform and your strong voice, and I’m so honored to be a part of it with all those other amazing women,” Fonda said.
Just recently, it was announced that Markle would be making her first return trip to the United Kingdom after announcing her decision to step back from the royal family, according to Pop Culture. In their initial announcement, Markle and Prince Harry said that they would split their time between the U.K. and North America while working to become financially independent. Since the announcement, Markle has been living with Harry and their son, Archie, in Canada.