Meghan Markle receives backlash for snubbing queen on Vogue cover

British Vogue is changing things up this year for their highly anticipated September issue: the magazine will be guest-edited by none other than HRH Duchess Meghan.

On Sunday, the publication shared the September 2019 cover, and while most people applauded the 37-year-old royal for the 15 women that she decided to feature on the cover, all deemed "Forces for Change," others were quick to note that Meghan did not include Queen Elizabeth amongst the group of impressive women.

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Spotlight on: Smart Works We are proud to be supporting a very special initiative this autumn for @SmartWorksCharity! After quiet visits to Smartworks over the last year, The Duchess was moved by the impactful work being done by this non profit organisation that helps women into the workforce, equipping them with both the skills and clothes they need to feel job-ready. Throughout her visits she noticed that while the donations were plentiful, they were also notably a combination of mismatched items and colours which weren’t always the right stylistic choices or sizes that didn’t necessarily “suit” the job at hand: to make a woman feel confident and inspired as she walked into her job interview. As a result, launching this autumn, The Duchess will be supporting a collective to help equip the women of Smart Works with the key workwear essentials they need as they enter into the workplace. This initiative is supported by four generous brands who share the vision to empower the women of Smart Works to look and feel 💯 as they bravely venture in to what can often be a daunting environment for those who have been out of the job market. The brands have come together to work towards this united force for good, “[reframing] the idea of charity as community,” as The Duchess writes in a piece for this month’s British Vogue. They will follow the 1:1 model where an item from the collection purchased is an item shared with a woman of Smart Works because “not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story; it reminds us we are in it together.” For more information on how you can be part of another woman’s success story visit @SmartWorksChairty. Special thanks to: @JohnLewisandPartners, @MarksandSpencer, @MishaNonoo, @InsideJigsaw for supporting this very special organisation. And to find out more, read the September issue of @BritishVogue and stay tuned for more exciting updates this autumn. Photo©️SussexRoyal
This undated handout photo issued on July 28, 2019 by Kensington Palace shows Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Patron of Smart Works, in the workroom of the Smart Works London office. - Prince Harry's wife Meghan will guest edit the September issue of iconic fashion magazine British Vogue, which will see her in "candid conversation" with former first lady Michelle Obama. (Photo by @SussexRoyal / KENSINGTON PALACE / AFP) / XGTY / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / @SUSSEXROYAL" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - NO COMMERCIAL USE - NO THIRD PARTY SALES - RESTRICTED TO SUBSCRIPTION USE - NO CROPPING OR MODIFICATION - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / (Photo credit should read @SUSSEXROYAL/AFP/Getty Images)
This undated handout photo received in London, issued on July 28, 2019 by Kensington Palace shows the cover of British Vogue's September issue, entitled "Forces for Change", showing photographs by Peter Lindbergh, which is guest edited by Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. - Prince Harry's wife Meghan will guest edit the September issue of iconic fashion magazine British Vogue, which will see her in "candid conversation" with former first lady Michelle Obama. (Photo by Peter Lindbergh / KENSINGTON PALACE / AFP) / XGTY / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / KENSINGTON PALACE / PETER LINDBERGH" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - NO COMMERCIAL USE - NO THIRD PARTY SALES - RESTRICTED TO SUBSCRIPTION USE - NO CROPPING OR MODIFICATION - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - Publications are asked to credit the photographs to: Peter Lindbergh / (Photo credit should read PETER LINDBERGH/AFP/Getty Images)
What changes do you want to see in the world? That’s the question HRH The Duchess of Sussex @SussexRoyal and #BritishVogue posed to 15 women with 15 unique causes in the September 2019 #ForcesForChange issue. Meet the September issue cover stars as they discuss who and what is inspiring change today. Watch the full film from 4pm today via the link in bio and on Vogue.co.uk/video. Directed and edited by @Kloss_Films. Starring: @AdwoaAboah @AdutAkech @SomaliBoxer @JacindaArdern @TheSineadBurke @Gemma_Chan @LaverneCox @JaneFonda @SalmaHayek @FrankieGoesToHayward @JameelaJamilOfficial @Chimamanda_Adichie @YaraShahidi @GretaThunberg @CTurlington
“Whatever your background, it’s easy to feel connected to Mrs Obama. There’s something magical about the way in which she draws you in with her endearingly frank, down-to-earth personality.” As First Lady of the United States, @MichelleObama forged a path as the nation’s mother-in-chief – and became a style icon in the process. Now, freed from White House protocol, she’s loosening up, but still dispensing immaculate advice. In a rare interview, she talks motherhood and maturity with #BritishVogue’s guest editor HRH The Duchess of Sussex @SussexRoyal. Read the full piece from the September 2019 issue via the link in bio. #MichelleObama photographed by @MillerMobley.
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The collaged cover features 15 women: actor and women's rights advocate Salma Hayek Pinault, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacina Ardern, LQBTQIA+ advocate and actor Laverne Cox, youth voting activist and actor Yara Shahidi and climate activist Greta Thunberg among others. One spot is blank and reflective so readers can picture themselves on the cover.

One Twitter user remarked, "Why isn't HM The Queen included on the cover of September's Vogue, @RoyalFamily? Her Majesty is the perfect role model: like many of us she had no choice but to do the job she was given." 

Another echoed that sentiment, calling the cover "pathetic."

However, other Vogue readers rushed to the duchess' defense calling the new mother "intelligent and really powerful," commending her on her work and selection of cover stars.

The September issue of British Vogue will be available for purchase on August 2nd.

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Meghan Markle's most glamorous moments as duchess
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Meghan, who had only been named as Duchess hours earlier, wowed in her second bridal gown designed by Stella McCartney. The sleek halter gown was a vast shakeup from her traditional Givenchy wedding gown she donned for the ceremony. 
Prince Harry and Meghan, dressed in Emilia Wickstead, attend a reception at Glencairn, Ireland. 
Duchess Meghan opted for her bespoke designer Givenchy for her first solo appearance as a royal, visiting the Royal Academy of Arts in London. 
Duchess Meghan stuns in Fiji blue Safiyaa cape gown to attend a welcome ceremony hosted by Fiji's president. 
Meghan looked glamorous as ever in a sleek white gown by Irish designer Theia to attend a black-tie reception with the King and Queen of Tonga.
The Duchess of Sussex attended a reception at Government House on October 28, 2018 in Wellington, New Zealand, alongside Prince Harry in a black Gabriela Hearst dress and Stuart Weitzman heels. 
Meghan gave off major princess vibes in a beautiful Oscar de la Renta dress to attend the Australian Geographic Society Gala Awards at the famous Shangri-La hotel. 
The Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance at London's  Fashion Awards in December 2018 to present Givenchy's Clare Waight Keller with the British Womenswear Designer of the Year award. She was wearing a custom gown by the designer. 
The Duchess of Sussex attended the premiere of Cirque du Soleil's Totem in support of Prince Harry's charity Sentebale, which helps fight against AIDS in southern Africa. She donned a long-sleeved Roland Mouret gown and Stuart Weitzman heels for the occasion. 
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