Meghan Markle recently made history by guest-editing the September issue of British Vogue called Forces of Change, which was the first external collaboration since the magazine’s inception.
However, if you’re expecting to see the face of the Duchess on the cover, prepare to be disappointed. Instead, the magazine featured 15 pictures of gorgeous and strong women who were making a difference in the world, no matter how big or small.
This decision of the former Suits actress was praised not only for celebrating those who are making an effort in making an impact and changes lives of others, but also for deviating from the royal tradition and not posing for the cover unlike Kate Middleton and the late Princess Diana who had previously graced the front page.
The issue sheds light on the power of feminism and how important the cause is to Meghan. The duchess made it a point to focus on the laudable women instead of putting herself under the spotlight, simultaneously showcasing her knack for writing, which was bared in the editor’s note.
Apart from these things, within the pages lies Prince Harry’s interview with notable anthropologist Jane Goodall where the duo discussed a range of things, from sustainability to environment conservation, also dipping their toes into people’s biases toward others.
While talking about the younger generation, Prince Harry noted that prejudice isn’t something that’s intrinsic among human beings, rather it is taught.
He said that it was the same with “unconscious bias”; the royal explained that this is when people don’t understand why they do things or feel the way they do.
Elucidating on the matter, he explained that this is when you come up to a person to point out that he/she is being racist, then they won’t acknowledge that they indeed are.
However, the Duke of Sussex also pointed out that when getting the attention of those who erred, it is best that you also take into consideration how their unconscious bias may have been a result of or influenced by the environment they grew up in.
The scientist known for her study of chimpanzees agreed and said that kids are being conditioned to be more hateful and intolerant towards others.
The way the royal highlighted the issue is very apt not only because it is a pressing issue, but also because it is what his wife, Meghan, has been facing since she started dating the prince.
In fact, it had been too much that the Kensington Palace decided to step in just to stop the hatred.
After the 34-year-old opened up about the topic in Vogue, the Duchess of Sussex was reportedly short-listed for this year’s Ethnicity Awards.
Under the Inspirational Public Figure category, Meghan will join other contenders Idris Elba, Thandie Newton, Naomi Campbell, Dev Patel, Gemma Chan, Lenny Henry, Steve McQueen, Will.i.am, and Alesha Dixon.
According to Ethnicity Awards founder Sarah Garrett, the event honors the achievements of ethnic minorities and promotes representation. She also admired the Duchess for being an amazing role model to other women.
The Ethnicity Awards is set to take place on Oct. 25 in London and as per rumors, the award-giving body is already in talks with the Kensington Palace so Meghan can attend the event.