'Campaigning feminist' Meghan Markle beats out Queen Elizabeth on British Vogue's list of the most influential women

It’s been less than two weeks since the royal wedding, and Meghan Markle and Amal Clooney have already been reunited.

Amid reports that Clooney is helping Markle adjust to life in London, both women have just been named to the Vogue 25, British Vogue’s ranking of the most influential women in the U.K.

The inaugural list praises Clooney — who nearly stole the show at the May 19 royal wedding thanks to her marigold-hued Stella McCartney dress — for her work as a human rights lawyer, citing her “uniquely influential position.”

Meanwhile, Markle — addressed by her new title, the Duchess of Sussex — is credited for promoting feminist convictions and giving the royal family a modern update.

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When she ditched the tights

Wearing hosiery is reportedly an unspoken rule for female members of the royal family, and one that Queen Elizabeth is a stickler for. Meghan Markle defied tradition when she went sans tights for her engagement photos.

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When she spent Christmas with Queen Elizabeth

Meghan Markle made history when she became the first fiancée to spend Christmas with the queen at her Sandringham residence. Usually, events with the queen are reserved for spouses of royals. When Kate Middleton was engaged to Prince William she wasn't given that special privilege and instead spent the holiday with her own family.

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When she wore a messy bun

There's no rule (that we know of) that claims royal ladies must have perfect blown out tresses for all royal engagements, but it's a look we've become accustomed to since Duchess Kate came into the picture in 2011 with her glossy curls and impeccable chignons. 

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When she decided to make a speech at her own wedding

In Britain, traditionally the groom, father of the bride, and the best man make speeches after the wedding. However, the former actress will make a speech at her May 19 ceremony to pay tribute to Prince Harry and his family.

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When she showed PDA with Prince Harry

Royal couples usually refrain from showing PDA in public -- a precedent set by Queen Elizabeth -- but it seems as if Meghan and Harry can't get their hands off each other!

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When she gave an autograph

Royals aren't allowed to give autographs for security reasons, but Meghan Markle made an exception for one 10-year-old girl.

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When she hugged kids

Again, for security reasons, royals are usually required to keep their hands to themselves (handshakes are okay). However, Meghan Markle defied that rule when she gave a group of children hugs while visiting a community center.

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When she wore head-to-toe black

Usually, the dark hue is reserved for somber occasions like funerals or events like Remembrance Sunday Service. In fact, you'd never see Duchess Kate stepping out in an outfit like this for any public appearance.

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When she wore a suit to a black-tie event

Meghan Markle shocked and stunned the world when she showed up to a black-tie affair with an Alexander McQueen suit on instead of a ball gown. While there's no official rule that royals must wear gowns, the move broke from tradition in a major way.

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When she wore a crossbody bag

Holding clutches during public appearances is usually the norm for members of the royal family. Because protocol states you shouldn't offer your hand to any member of the royal family, Kate opts for clutches to avoid any awkward confrontations. However, Meghan surprised everyone when she stepped out in Scotland with a crossbody.

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When she took a political stance

When she appeared alongside Duchess Kate, Prince Harry and Prince William, Meghan Markle expressed her support for the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. It was a surprising moment considering protocol forbids members of the royal family to take sides on political issues.

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Meghan Markle's side bun

She does it again! Meghan rocked a chic side bun during a surprise trip to Ireland, but just like her messy bun, it's an uncommon style for royals to rock.

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“From a teenager posing outside the palace gates to a grown-up actress marrying one of the princes within them, Meghan Markle’s story (and wardrobe) captured the public imagination like no other this year,” the fashion magazine gushes. “Almost overnight, the 36-year-old has become one of the most recognizable women in the world. But her influence stretches far beyond the ceaseless coverage of her style — as a biracial campaigning feminist from America, she is helping to forge a new 21st-century identity for the monarchy.”

High praise, indeed — though it might make things a tad awkward around the dinner table at Buckingham Palace. The duchess’s new grandmother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II, failed to make the cut, as did British Prime Minister Theresa May.

The magazine — which also honors the likes of author J.K. Rowling, Black Panther actress Letitia Wright, and Stella McCartney, who designed the dress Markle wore for her wedding reception — explained the snubs.

“Drawing from the worlds of politics, fashion, the arts, media, and sport, we have had to make notable omissions,” it stated. “For some, authority remains too precarious (Theresa May), for others it is eternal (the Queen).” 

Think that will soften the blow?

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