Meghan Markle's 'Forces For Change' was a 'movement not a moment', says Vogue editor Edward Enniful

Vogue editor Edward Enniful has claimed Meghan Markle's 'Forces For Change' magazine issue has sparked a "movement" [Image: Getty]
Vogue editor Edward Enniful has claimed Meghan Markle's 'Forces For Change' magazine issue has sparked a "movement" [Image: Getty]

There is little doubt that the September issue of British Vogue guest-edited by Meghan Markle made quite the impact.

It promptly sold out in shops shortly after going on sale last year, and generated headlines for its unique ‘Forces For Change’ cover - and now the magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Enniful has insisted that the conversations it created has sparked a “movement not a moment”.

Writing in the latest edition of Vogue about his collaboration with the Duchess of Sussex, 38, he described the response as “phenomenal”.

The issue, which went on sale on August 2nd, famously featured the portraits of 15 women the royal most admired on its cover - including Adwoa Aboah, Jameela Jamil and Greta Thunberg.

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Announcing that Meghan’s ‘Forces For Change’ idea would be continued in every issue going forward, Edward, 47, explained: “The people it championed, made it clear that this was not simply a moment, but a movement.

“For that reason, as we enter a new decade, we wish to continue that story.”

He added: “Now more than ever, it is important to keep the spotlight trained on the people who are challenging the status quo, and using their voice to help shape and change conversations around the most pressing issues of our time.”

Readers will see the initiative rolled out in both print and online, with other inspirational figures featured beneath its banner.

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In his editor’s letter for the September issue, Edward noted: “I can't overstate how much it meant to me to see HRH The Duke of Sussex marry this brilliant, bi-racial, American powerhouse.”

He continued: “I simply never imagined that, in my lifetime, someone of my colour would – or could – enter the highest echelons of our Royal Family.”

While the Duchess became the first person to guest-edit a September issue, she decided not to feature on the cover herself.

It was thought that the royal would take part in a photoshoot at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor - where she lives with Prince Harry and baby Archie - but instead it was revealed she wanted “to focus on the women she admires”.

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At the time, Edward said: “As you will see from her selections throughout this magazine, she is also willing to wade into more complex and nuanced areas, whether they concern female empowerment, mental health, race or privilege.

“From the very beginning, we talked about the cover – whether she would be on it or not. In the end, she felt that it would be in some ways a “boastful” thing to do for this particular project.”

He began working with Meghan on the project last January, and when the issue was unveiled the pair briefly appeared in a behind-the-scenes video together.

Meghan, who was pregnant at the time, wore a sleeveless belted black dress as she oversaw one of the issue’s photoshoots.

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