Duchess of Sussex joins Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Olivia Colman in Vogue's British power list

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The Duchess of Sussex has made Vogue's list of most powerful British women for the second year running [Photo: Getty]
The Duchess of Sussex has made Vogue's list of most powerful British women for the second year running [Photo: Getty]

The Duchess of Sussex has been joined by ‘Fleabag’ and ‘Killing Eve’ creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge and actress Olivia Colman in a list of Britain’s 25 most powerful women.

Fashion bible Vogue has put together their annual list of the 25 most influential women working in Britain, with this year's offering coming from the world of science, sport, technology, the arts, politics and of course royalty, with Meghan Markle once again claiming a spot.

The annual Vogue 25 list is the magazine’s pick of the most “high-powered and visionary women whose work is shaping Britain’s future.”

“For many on our list, their power is twofold: not only are they effecting change through their work, they are changing the very face of the worlds they work in,” the magazine explains of the women featuring.

“There are old barriers to be broken down and new paths to forge. These are the women doing just that.”

It is the second time the Duchess of Sussex has been featured having made her debut in the inaugural list last year.

The Duchess of Sussex is described by the publication as being a “modern princess” who is “gently modernising the royal family” and goes on to praise her “feminist ideals.”

“With her patronage of Smart Works, she combines her interest in fashion with her desire to support women’s careers, while the quietly revolutionary decision she and Prince Harry took to keep their child’s birth private echoes the commitment to wellness she was known for prior to her new life, as well as her feminist ideals,” the description reads.

The Duchess is joined by girl-of-the-moment (and rightly so) Phoebe-Waller Bridge.

“Few capture a mood like Phoebe Waller-Bridge,” the magazine writes before going on to say that cult TV smashes Killing Eve and Fleabag have catapulted the screenwriter and actress from “cult comedian to global star.”

And if she manages to do the same to James Bond (she’s currently working on the script) no doubt her star will rise further still.

Oscar-winning actress and fan fave Olivia Colman is billed by the magazine as being a new “national treasure” while supermodel Naomi Campbell, Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis and singers Jorga Smith and Sophie also claim a spot on the list.

Girl-of-the-moment Phoebe Waller-Bridge also made the list [Photo: Getty]
Girl-of-the-moment Phoebe Waller-Bridge also made the list [Photo: Getty]
The magazine described Olivia Colman as an "emerging National Treasure." [Photo: Getty]
The magazine described Olivia Colman as an "emerging National Treasure." [Photo: Getty]

As well as royalty and names from the world of showbiz, the eclectic list also features knife crime campaigners, environmental champions and crime fighting representatives.

Metropolitan Police commissioner, Cressida Dick makes the list, alongside Lynne Owens, director-general of the National Crime Agency, and Sara Thornton, head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council.

Meanwhile Bana Gora, the Director of the Muslim Women’s Council, Busayo Oyedoyin, Knife-crime campaigner and climate change campaigner Polly Higgins also claimed a place in the 25.

While Luciana Berger, who opened up about the antisemitism she saw within Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party and recently quit Change UK, also made the list.

The list is the second to appear under Vogue’s new editor, Edward Enninful and seems to reflect his desire to increase diversity amongst the people featured both on the cover and within the magazine.

Last year’s list was equally inclusive featuring a host of interesting women, differing in age, race and profession – from producers, actresses, journalists and academics.

The list included 24-year old Letitia Wright, born in Ghana and raised in Tottenham who starred in box office hit Black Panther.

Vogue said of Letitia: “Her honesty when discussing her struggle with depression and speaking about her faith makes her the perfect pin-up for now.”

For the full list visit Vogue.co.uk. The 2019 issue of British Vogue is available on newsstands and digital download from Friday.

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