Meghan Markle has told of the moment she nervously sent British Vogue’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful a text asking if she could guest edit the magazine.
The Duchess of Sussex, 37, who was pregnant at the time, admits she "quietly celebrated" when the reply appeared on her screen as she sat on the sofa with her dogs nestled across her.
She had hours earlier met Enninful for the first time on a cold and blustery January day in London for a steaming cup of mint tea to discuss her being the cover star.
Over the next hour "was a promising pow wow of two like-minded thinkers, who have much in common, including our love of writing," Meghan wrote in the guest editor's letter.
But after returning home, Meghan, who was pregnant with Archie at the time, decided she wanted to ask Enninful a 'bold request'.
"So I asked the question," the former actress revealed.
"Actually, I typed and deleted the question several times until I built up the courage to ask the question in question.
"'Edward… instead of doing the cover, would you be open to me guest editing your September issue?'
"(Mind you, I know how important the September issue is for the fashion industry. I realise the reach, and I see the opportunity to be a part of fashion’s push for something greater, kinder, more impactful.
"But I am also a little nervous to be boldly asking the editor-in-chief, whom I’ve only just met, to take a chance on me.)"
So Meghan sent the text.
"And then it appeared, EE’s reply: “Yes! I would love for you to be my guest editor,” she continued.
Within a week, Enninful and Meghan were having regular meetings – discussing goals, ideas, who would feature on the cover.
The Duchess admitted she had to undergo a "crash course in editorial lingo".
"I was trying to blend in, to keep up with the pace of these seasoned professionals, and to learn as much as I could as quickly as possible," she said.
Meghan has also revealed her Vogue journey was inspired by quote in a book she read "many moons ago" called The Four-Chambered Heart, by Anaïs Nin; “I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.”
She added: "For this issue, I imagined, why would we swim in the shallow end of the pool when we could go to the deep end? A metaphor for life, as well as for this issue. Let’s be braver. Let’s go a bit deeper.
"That’s what Edward and I have aimed to achieve. An issue of both substance and levity."
Describing what readers can expect in the issue, she continued: "Throughout these pages you’ll find Commonwealth designers, ethical and sustainable brands, as well as features with designers not about clothes but about heritage, history and heirloom.
"You’ll also find a beauty section that puts its energy towards internal beauty, celebrating the power of breathing and meditation, and a favourite workout that urges you to use your heart as much as your core.
"As you flip the pages, you’ll find familiar faces and names that I hope you get to know a bit better, a bit more deeply, even.
"And there are less familiar names that you may want to know, such as the women of Luminary Bakery and Tessa Clarke, co-founder of food-sharing app Olio, whom I met with discreetly last year.
"There are inspiring reads from Brené Brown and Jameela Jamil. You’ll also find a very special piece with Dr Jane Goodall, interviewed by my husband, and a candid and heartfelt conversation between myself and the extraordinary Michelle Obama.
"But more than anything, this issue is about the power of the collective. In identifying our personal strengths, it is anchored in the knowledge that we are even stronger together."
The Duchess admitted there is "one caveat" in the magazine.
"It’s still a business, after all," she said.
"I share that to manage expectations for you: there will be advertising sections that are requisite for every issue, so while I feel confident that you’ll feel my thumbprint on most pages, please know that there are elements that just come with the territory.
"The overall sentiment I hope you’ll find, however, will be one of positivity, kindness, humour and inclusivity.
"I was about five months pregnant when this process began, and by the time you hold this issue in your hands, my husband and I will be holding our three-month-old baby boy in ours.
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