British Vogueis changing things up this year for their highly anticipated September issue: the magazine will be guest-edited by none other than the Duchess of Sussex, and while most people applauded the 37-year-old royal for the 15 women that she decided to feature on the cover, all deemed "Forces for Change", others were quick to note that Meghan did not include Queen Elizabeth amongst the group of impressive women.
The collaged cover features 15 women: actor and women's rights advocate Salma Hayek Pinault, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacina Ardern, LQBTQIA+ advocate and actor Laverne Cox, youth voting activist and actor Yara Shahidi and climate activist Greta Thunberg among others. One spot is blank and reflective so readers can picture themselves on the cover.
One Twitter user remarked, "Why isn't HM The Queen included on the cover of September's Vogue, @RoyalFamily? Her Majesty is the perfect role model: like many of us she had no choice but to do the job she was given."
Why isn't HM The Queen included on the cover of September's Vogue, @RoyalFamily? Her Majesty is the perfect role model: like many of us she had no choice but to do the job she was given. The ultimate in grace & discretion for 70+ years. Doubters, watch https://t.co/sVpISnxyCQpic.twitter.com/0yx5LvRa1b
— Christina Hollis (@ChristinaBooks) 29 July 2019
Another echoed that sentiment, calling the cover "pathetic."
— Miranda Dow (@MirandaDow1) 29 July 2019
However, other Vogue readers rushed to the duchess' defense calling the new mother "intelligent and really powerful," commending her on her work and selection of cover stars.
The Duchess of Sussex is intelligent and really powerful. All these women are inspiring and the idea of the mirror is wow. I love it, while people and the media only thought about destroying her, she was working. She is really powerful. UNTOUCHABLE pic.twitter.com/na3ysigffV
— 🌸🛡Patou🛡🌸 (@PatouArt) 28 July 2019
Can't wait. Duchess Meghan has chosen wonderful women. And the idea of the mirror is sensational, it's perfect. The haters spend their time hating her, and she works during this time🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/EKkUdrcIxr
— RachelSquad (@rachel_squad) 28 July 2019
She's damn good! Very creative & humble;but others want to create another narrative but that false narrative will not work. She's a gift to Harry and BRF but they don't know how to handle her light. She's told us who she is but others choose not to belief.
— Somebodys Mama (@AliciaS98252460) 28 July 2019
The September issue of British Vogue will be available for purchase on August 2nd.