Meghan Markle’s guest editorship of UK Vogue’s September issue has sparked plenty of debate.
While some royal fans are raving about the Duchess of Sussex’s choice to get behind the “Forces for Change” issue, others like critic Piers Morgan have accused the former actress of making it all about herself.
Now Australia’s Today show panel have weighed in, lashing out at British Piers for his ‘ego’ getting in the way of him seeing the good work Meghan is doing.
“Can we stop judging?” Georgie Gardner said on the Channel Nine breakfast show on Tuesday morning.
“The scrutiny this couple are facing, this couple in particular, it’s intense,” co-host Deborah Knight added in Meghan and Prince Harry’s defence.
“The pile-on mentality which is so rife in modern society is full on with Meghan and Harry. It was with Diana too though, if we remember back, but it’s just quite extraordinary.”
“I think at the end of the day, her intentions are good,” Georgie then added, before entertainment presenter Brooke Boney weighed in with her thoughts on Piers.
“All of it stems from Piers Morgan being hurt himself, like his own ego. Whatever,” she quipped.
“The issue of her promoting women of colour, like, ‘oh yes, we’ve had too much power for too long for women of colour, what about equality?’ Give me a break,” the Indigenous Australian TV star then added.
Piers Morgan pipes up
This week, Good Morning Britain host Piers penned a scathing column for the Daily Mail, in which he described Meghan as someone who’s “probably craved all her adult life to be a Vogue star”.
“I’m sure the one thing we all need most in the world right now is a fabulously rich and entitled Princess lecturing us on privilege from her servant-laden royal quarters,” he wrote.
Later in the piece he added, “Meghan’s purpose in guest-editing Vogue is not, as she claims, to simply change the world; it’s to make it the PC-crazed one she wants it to be, and to drag us all with her to ‘woke’ Utopia”.
Meghan Markle’s special role
Earlier in the week the palace confirmed rumours that the Duchess of Sussex is serving as guest editor for British Vogue’s September issue — the first person to do so in the magazine’s 103-year history — by sharing the cover.
Dubbed “Forces for Change,” the issue, out Friday, Aug. 2, features 15 “world-leading women” including activists, politicians, models and actresses like Greta Thunberg, Jane Fonda, Jameela Jamil, Salma Hayek, Yara Shahidi, Christy Turlington, Laverne Cox and New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern.
The collage-style cover features a 16th mirrored slot “so that when you hold the issue in your hands, you see yourself as part of this collective,” the magazine explained.
“Guest-editing the September issue of British Vogue has been rewarding, educational and inspiring,” the Duchess said on Instagram.
British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, who called Meghan “the country’s most influential beacon of change,” explained why the new mother opted out of being on the cover herself.
“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,” he said.
“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. She wanted, instead, to focus on the women she admires.”
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