Professor likens Meghan to Queen Victoria over Vogue stunt as double standards row rages

While Meghan Markle was criticised by many for guest editing the September issue of British Vogue, there is actually a long history of publishing in the Royal Family.

In fact, while many suggested royals should not edit magazines, Queen Victoria herself published a number of journals, as a historian pointed out on Twitter.

Kate Williams is a royal historian who studied at Oxford.

She has published a number of books on the Royal Family including “Young Elizabeth: The Making of our Queen”.

Meghan Markle news: Kate Middleton double standards row sees Harry’s wife likened to Queen Victoria

The academic took to Twitter to point out the similarities between Meghan’s Vogue project and Queen Victoria’s own passions.

She tweeted: “I mean, Queen Victoria actually wrote her own travel mag, Highland Leaves. #Meghan’s guest edited @BritishVogue looks super – and wonderful to see @SmartWorksHQ celebrated too soon #Vogue.”

Queen Victoria published her Highland Leaves journals, which she kept between 1848 to 1861.

The Queen wrote about her love of Scotland revealing her intimate thoughts about the people she met.

A fan responded to Kate: “Thank you Professor Kate. It’s wonderful to see a real Royal expert dispelling misconceptions about the Royals, and publications. The constant media double standards towards Meghan is so disheartening.”

Another wrote: “They are right when it comes to double standards. I really didn’t think the press would find anything to pick on this one tbh I am pretty shocked by the sheer ignorance!”

“Yep the good ole double standard. It always raises its nasty little head,” another responded.

Particularly harsh criticism of Meghan Markle’s Vogue came from The Sun associate editor Dan Wootton, who appeared on Lorraine yesterday.

He said: “The Queen will think this is an absolutely idiotic decision and so do I.” 

He added: “Royals don’t guest edit magazines!”

Adding to the furore was the fact that Kate Middleton previously guest edited Huffington Post UK in 2016. The Duchess of Cambridge wrote a piece for the site and also commissioned a piece from Michelle Obama, who Meghan has opted to interview in her Vogue issue.

Kate’s Huffington Post initiative was used to highlight children’s mental health.

Many have also pointed to this in the wake of criticism levelled at Meghan.

One Twitter user wrote: “Kate Middleton guest edited the Huffington Post UK. Prince Charles guest edited Country Life Mag.”

Another said: “There was no issue when Kate edited Huffington post so why is there an issue that Meghan has edited Vogue?”

Who is Meghan Markle? Quick profile

Meghan Markle was born Rachel Meghan Markle, on August 4, 1981 to parents Doria Ragland and father Thomas Markle.

Her father was previously married to Roslyn Loveless and Meghan has two elder half sibling – sister Samantha Markle and brother Thomas Markle Junior.


Meghan’s first television appearance in the USA was in an episode of the medical drama General Hospital in 2002.

She later moved on to roles in CSI, Without a Trace and Castle along with bit parts in Hollywood films including Get Him to the Greek, Remember Me and Horrible Bosses.

Meghan was also a “briefcase girl” on Deal or No Deal – but her most famous role was as Rachel Zane in legal drama Suits, which launched in 2011.

She was written out in the finale of the seventh series when her character got married, which aired in April 2018 – just before she got married herself.

Charity and humanitarian work

Meghan Markle’s career in television has gone hand-in-hand with her support for causes close to her heart.

She wrote about the stigma around menstrual health in an article for Time magazine and was a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada – with whom she travelled to Rwanda for the charity’s Clean Water Campaign.

And her commitment to gender equality has seen her work with the United Nations – receiving a standing ovation in 2015 for her speech to mark International Women’s Day.


In September 2011, she wed film producer Trevor Engelson, who she began dating in 2004.

But the pair divorced two years later in August 2013, citing irreconcilable difference.

She was in a relationship with celebrity chef Cory Vitiello for almost two years, before they broke it off in 2016 but the two remain good friends.

And in June 2016, she met Prince Harry on a blind date set up by a mutual friend.

Their relationship began in October that year and just over one year later, on November 27, 2017, the pair announced their engagement.

They married on May 19, 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Meghan’s heritage

Some have claimed Meghan Markle is the first mixed-race member of the Royal Family.

Historians are still arguing about Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III.

But Meghan will be the first royal to openly embrace a mixed-race heritage.

She has written about the difficulties of being a biracial actress in Hollywood as she claims she is not black enough for some roles and not white enough for others.

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