Here's why Meghan Markle didn't want to be on the cover of British Vogue

After months of rumors, Meghan Markle’s role with Vogue has finally been unveiled.

The Sussex Royal Instagram account confirmed Sunday that the Duchess of Sussex guest-edited the September 2019 issue of British Vogue, alongside Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful. She is the first guest editor of a September issue ― generally seen as the most important issue of the year ― in the magazine’s 103-year history.

In a statement shared on the Sussex Royal page, Meghan said it was “rewarding, educational and inspiring” to work on the issue, which is titled “Forces for Change.”

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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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“To deep dive into this process, working quietly behind the scenes for so many months, I am happy to now be able to share what we have created,” Meghan said in the statement. “A huge thanks to all of the friends who supported me in this endeavour, lending their time and energy to help within these pages and on the cover.”

The cover, shot by Peter Lindbergh, features 15 women: models Adwoa Aboah, Adut Akech Bior and Christy Turlington Burns; boxer Ramla Ali; New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern; activists Sinéad Burke and Greta Thunberg; actors Gemma Chan, Laverne Cox, Jane Fonda, Salma Hayek Pinault, Jameela Jamil and Yara Shahidi; ballerina Francesca Hayward; and author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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WOKINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor attend the King Power Royal Charity Polo Match, in which Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex were competing for the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
WOKINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor attend the King Power Royal Charity Polo Match, in which Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex were competing for the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
WOKINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor attend the King Power Royal Charity Polo Match, in which Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex were competing for the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
WOKINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Anneke Gilkes and Charlie Gilkes attend the King Power Royal Charity Polo Match, in which Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex were competing for the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
WOKINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor attend the King Power Royal Charity Polo Match, in which Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex were competing for the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - This official handout Christening photograph released by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shows Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (centre left), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex holding their baby son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor flanked by (L-R) Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Ms Doria Ragland, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, west of London on July 6, 2019. - Prince Harry and his wife Meghan had their baby son Archie christened on Saturday at a private ceremony. (Photo by Chris ALLERTON / SUSSEXROYAL / AFP) / XGTY / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / SUSSEXROYAL / CHRIS ALLERTON" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - NO COMMERCIAL USE - NO THIRD PARTY SALES - RESTRICTED TO SUBSCRIPTION USE - NO CROPPING OR MODIFICATION - NOT FOR USE AFTER DECEMBER 31, 2019 - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / (Photo credit should read CHRIS ALLERTON/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - This official handout Christening photograph released by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shows Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex holding their baby son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor at Windsor Castle with the Rose Garden in the background, west of London on July 6, 2019. - Prince Harry and his wife Meghan had their baby son Archie christened on Saturday at a private ceremony. (Photo by Chris ALLERTON / SUSSEXROYAL / AFP) / XGTY / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / SUSSEXROYAL / CHRIS ALLERTON" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - NO COMMERCIAL USE - NO THIRD PARTY SALES - RESTRICTED TO SUBSCRIPTION USE - NO CROPPING OR MODIFICATION - NOT FOR USE AFTER DECEMBER 31, 2019 - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / (Photo credit should read CHRIS ALLERTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Happy Father’s Day! And wishing a very special first Father’s Day to The Duke of Sussex! © SussexRoyal
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor This afternoon Their Royal Highnesses introduced Her Majesty The Queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle. The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess’ mother were also present for this special occasion. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal
Paying tribute to all mothers today - past, present, mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered. We honor and celebrate each and every one of you. Today is Mother’s Day in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, Japan, and several countries across Europe. This is the first Mother’s Day for The Duchess of Sussex. Quote from “lands” by @nayyirah.waheed: my mother was my first country; the first place i ever lived. Photo © SussexRoyal
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019 in Windsor, England. The Duchess of Sussex gave birth at 05:26 on Monday 06 May, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are seen with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle, in Berkshire, Britain May 8, 2019. Dominic Lipinski/Pool via REUTERS
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019 in Windsor, England. The Duchess of Sussex gave birth at 05:26 on Monday 06 May, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019 in Windsor, England. The Duchess of Sussex gave birth at 05:26 on Monday 06 May, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, places her hand on the head of her newborn baby boy as she and her husband Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, pose for a photo in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019 in Windsor, England. The Duchess of Sussex gave birth at 05:26 on Monday 06 May, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, walk away after posing for photographs with their newborn baby son in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
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There is also a blank spot on the cover, which Enninful said the duchess requested. It’s supposed to represent a mirror that will show the reader how they, too, can be a change-maker.

 Lindbergh said he received one request about the cover from Meghan.

“My instructions from the Duchess were clear: ‘I want to see freckles!’” the photographer told Vogue. “Well, that was like running through open doors for me. I love freckles.”

Enninful began working with the duchess on the cover in January. Meghan herself is not on the cover because, according to Enninful, she didn’t want to be “boastful.”

“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,” Enninful said of the duchess.

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Meghan Markle attends COACH Legacy Photo Exhibit by REED KRAKOFF at Coach on August 26, 2006 in East Hampton, NY.

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Meghan Markle during Kari Feinstein Pre-Emmy Style Lounge - Day Two in Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Meghan Markle during George Lopez/Great Chefs of LA Event For The National Kidney Foundation at The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey in Marina del Rey, California, United States. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/WireImage for Ink PR Group)
Meghan Markle at ABS/Allen Schwartz (Photo by Amy Tierney/WireImage for Primary Action) 
Meghan Markle at ABS/Allen Schwartz during Primary Action 2007 Golden Globe Suites - Day 3 at Private Residence in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Amy Tierney/WireImage for Primary Action)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Meghan Markle attends the DPA pre-Emmy Gift Lounge at the Peninsula Hotel on September 18, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 26: Actress Meghan Markle attends the Some Kind-a Gorgeous Style and Beauty Lounge at the Chateau Marmont on August 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images For Benefit Cosmetics)
SUITS -- Season 1 -- Pictured: Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane -- (Photo by: Frank Ockenfels/USA/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SUITS -- 'Errors and Omissions' Episode103 -- Pictured: Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane (Photo by Christos Kalohoridis/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
USA NETWORKS EVENTS -- 'NBCUniversal Press Tour August 2011 USA Network Breakfast and BTS E - Rotation at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel' -- Pictured: (l-r) Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle (Photo by Evans Vestal Ward/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Actress Meghan Markle attends Madewell, Alexa Chung & InStyle celebrate the launch of The Alexa Chung For Madewell Fall 2011 Collection at Chateau Marmont on September 21, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11: Meghan Markle arrives at the Anti-Defamation League Entertainment Industry Awards dinner held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on October 11, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 14: Actress Meghan Markle attends the HBO Luxury Lounge Featuring L?Oreal Paris And New Era Cap - Day 1 at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles on January 14, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 14: Actress Meghan Markle attends the HBO Luxury Lounge Featuring L?Oreal Paris And New Era Cap - Day 1 at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles on January 14, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Actress Meghan Markle arrives at the 13th Annual Warner Bros. And InStyle Golden Globe After Party held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Actress Meghan Markle attends the USA Network's and The Moth's Storytelling Tour 'A More Perfect Union: Stories of Prejudice and Power' at the Pacific Design Center on February 15, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
SUITS -- Season: 2 -- Pictured: Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane -- (Photo by: Robert Ascroft/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: Meghan Markle attends the USA Network's 2012 Upfront Event at Alice Tully Hall on May 17, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Meghan Markle of Suits attends USA Network and Mr Porter.com Present 'A Suits Story' on June 12, 2012 in New York, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NBCUniversal/USA Network)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Actress Meghan Markle attends the WGC Hosts Party With InStyle & HFPA To Celebrate TIFF at the Windsor Arms Hotel on September 11, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for WGC)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Actress Meghan Markle attends TV Guide Magazine's 2012 Hot List Party at SkyBar at the Mondrian Los Angeles on November 12, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Actress Meghan Markle arrives at the GQ Men of the Year Party at Chateau Marmont on November 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: Actress Meghan Markle arrives at NBC Universal's 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards after party held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 14: Actress Meghan Markle attends The Paley Center for Media's presentation of An Evening With 'Suits' at The Paley Center for Media on January 14, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 24: Actress Meghan Markle attends the ELLE's Women in Television Celebration at Soho House on January 24, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for ELLE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Actress Meghan Markle attends the Entertainment Weekly Screen Actors Guild Awards pre-party at Chateau Marmont on January 26, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Meghan Markle attends the USA Network 2013 Upfront event at Pier 36 on May 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/WireImage)
Actress Meghan Markle arrives on the red carpet for the MuchMusic Video Awards (MMVAs) in Toronto, June 16, 2013. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 16: Meghan Markle attends Self Rocks the Summer Event on July 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for SELF Magazine)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 17: Actress Meghan Markle attends 'Tales Of Endearment' Celebration Hosted By Diane von Furstenberg at DVF Accessories Shop on July 17, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Meghan Markle poses backstage at the Herve Leger By Max Azria fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on September 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Actress Meghan Markle attends the Tracy Reese show during Spring 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center on September 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Killian/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Actress Meghan Markle attends the Tracy Reese show during Spring 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center on September 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Killian/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Meghan Markle attends the Tory Burch fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Actress Meghan Markle attends the The 2013 Novak Djokovic Benefit Dinner at Capitale on September 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Actress Meghan Markle attends the Annual Charity Day Hosted By Cantor Fitzgerald And BGC at the Cantor Fitzgerald Office on September 11, 2013 in New York, United States. (Photo by Janette Pellegrini/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Actress Meghan Markle leaves the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on September 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Model Meghan Markle arrives at the Marchesa runway show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at The New York Public Library on September 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02: Actress Meghan Markle attends the Gala Tribute To Cate Blanchett during the 51st New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on October 2, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Actress Meghan Markle attends American Ballet Theatre 2013 Opening Night Fall Gala at David Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center on October 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
US actress Meghan Markle poses for pictures on the red carpet upon arrival for the world premier of the film 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' in Leicester Square, central London, on November 11, 2013. The dystopian universe of 'The Hunger Games' returns to cinema screens aiming to harness the star power of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and convey an unambiguous message of youthful rebellion. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW COWIE (Photo credit should read ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: Meghan Markle attends the UK Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 11, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19: Meghan Markle attends the London Global Gift Gala at ME Hotel on November 19, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- NBCUniversal Press Tour, January 2014 -- Pictured: (l-r) Gina Torres, Star 'Suits'; Bonnie Hammer, Chairman, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group; Meghan Markle, Star 'Suits'; Sarah Rafferty, Star 'Suits'; Jackie De Crinis, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, USA Network -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 19: Actress Meghan Markle attends the NBC/Universal 2014 TCA Winter Press Tour held at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 19, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 22: Actress Meghan Markle attends ELLE's Annual Women in Television Celebration on January 22, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Elle)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: Actress Meghan Markle attends the 3rd Annual NFL Characters Unite at Sports Illustrated on January 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Actress Meghan Markle attends DirecTV Beach Bowl 2014 at the Gansevoort Hotel on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for DirecTV)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01: Model Meghan Markle attends DIRECTV's 8th Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl at Pier 40 on February 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: Actress Meghan Markle attends the Marc Jacobs Daisy Chain Tweet Pop Up Shop Party at Marc Jacobs Pop Up Shop on February 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Meghan Markle is seen on February 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Meghan Markle wearing Miu Miu at Miu Miu Women's Tales 7th Edition - 'Spark & Light' Screening - Arrivals at Diamond Horseshoe on February 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Miu Miu)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Meghan Markle attends the 2014 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfronts at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on May 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Model Meghan Markle attends Peter Som during MADE Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Milk Studios on September 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Model Meghan Markle (L) and actress Jamie Chung attend an exclusive preview of the Marchesa Voyage for ShopStyle collection on September 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ShopStyle)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: Meghan Markle attends RELAIS & CHATEAUX 60th Anniversary Guest Chef Dinner Launch at Consulate General of France on October 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Relais & Chateaux)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 08: Actress Meghan Markle attends the Jimmy Choo opening at Yorkdale Shopping Mall on October 8, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 17: Meghan Markle, american actress, model and spokesperson attends the 'Bridging the Gender Gap' special session at the Convention Centre on October 17, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. The summit, which is in its fifth year, connects and guides young talent from around the world with global leaders and public figures acting as One Young World counsellors. This year's theme is Peace and Conflict Resolution and will use Ireland's history as an example to guide discussion. (Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 22: Meghan Markle attends Hudson's Bay And The Isabella Blow Foundation Present Fashion Blows at The Hudson's Bay on October 22, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Model Meghan Markle attends the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 13th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street on October 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Actress Meghan Markle attends Prada The Iconoclasts, New York 2015 on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images For Prada)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Actress Meghan Markle attends Wes Gordon runway show during MADE Fashion Week Fall 2015 at Milk Studios on February 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 03: Amber Nuttall (L) and Meghan Markle attend the premiere of 'A Postcard From Istanbul' directed by John Malkovich in collaboration with St. Regis Hotels & Resorts at 5 Hertford Street on March 3, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: Meghan Markle attends Step It Up for Gender Equality Celebrates The 20th Anniversary Of The Fourth World Conference On Women In Beijing at Hammerstein Ballroom on March 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Esther Horvath/FilmMagic)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 01: Actress Meghan Markle attends World MasterCard Fashion Week Fall 2015 Collections Day 3 at David Pecaut Square on March 25, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
SUITS -- Season:5 -- Pictured: Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane -- (Photo by: Nigel Parry/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NBCUNIVERSAL CABLE ENTERTAINMENT UPFRONT -- '2015 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfront at the Javits Center in New York City on Thursday, May 14, 2015' -- Pictured: Meghan Markle, 'Suits' on USA Network -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: Meghan Markle attends The UJA-Federation of New York's Entertainment Division Signature Gala at 583 Park Avenue on June 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 24: Actress Meghan Markle attends the 2015 NBC New York Summer Press Day at Four Seasons Hotel New York on June 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/FilmMagic)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 06: Actress and United Nations Women's Advocate, Meghan Markle, sharing the new Dove Self-Esteem Project resources with youth workers and helping young girls reach their full potential at Earl Bales Community Centre on October 6, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle attends 'The Twelfth Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards' at Spring Studios in New York City. �� LAN (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 24: Actress Meghan Markle attends the Equinox Yorkville Dinner held at Kasa Moto on November 24, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 20: Actress Meghan Markle attends ELLE's 6th Annual Women In Television Dinner at Sunset Tower Hotel on January 20, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Actress Meghan Markle attends the premiere of USA Network's 'Suits' season 5 held at Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel on January 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17: Actress Meghan Markle attends AOL Build Presents 'Suits' at AOL Studios In New York on March 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 18: Meghan Markle seen at the Today Show on March 18, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 18: Meghan Markle seen at the Today Show on March 18, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MARCH 22: Actress Meghan Markle attends the World Vision event held at Lumas Gallery on March 22, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 15: Actress Meghan Markle poses in the CAFA portrait studio at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel on April 15, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images Portrait)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27: Actress Meghan Markle attends Glamour and L'Oreal Paris Celebrate 2016 College Women Of The Year at NoMad Hotel Rooftop on April 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Glamour)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 28: Actress Meghan Markle attends the Roland Mouret private dinner at Corkin Gallery on April 28, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 01: Actress Meghan Markle attends Sephora Unveils Toronto Eaton Centre Remodel at Toronto Eaton Centre on May 19, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: Meghan Markle arrives at the P.S. Arts' The Party held at NeueHouse Hollywood on May 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
TORONTO, ON - MAY 31: Actress Meghan Markle attends the Instagram Dinner held at the MARS Discovery District on May 31, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 09: Actress Meghan Markle attends Luminato Big Bang Bash 2016 held at the Hearn Generating Station on June 9, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Meghan Markle attends day two of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on June 28, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Meghan Markle attends day eight of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 04, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 13: Actress Meghan Markle leaves the 'Today Show' taping at NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on July 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14: Actress Meghan Markle leaves the 'Today Show' taping at NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on July 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14: Actress Meghan Markle enters the 'Today Show' taping at NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on July 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
Britain's Prince Harry (R) arrives with girlfriend actress Meghan Markle at the wheelchair tennis event during the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
Britain's Prince Harry poses with Meghan Markle in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace, London, Britain, November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Meghan Markle arrives to visit radio station Reprezent FM, with her fiancee Britain's Prince Harry, in Brixton, London January 9, 2018. REUTERS/Dominic Lipinski/Pool
Crowds greet Britain's Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle during a visit to Cardiff Castle in Cardiff, Britain, January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Ben Birchall/Pool
Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle arrive to attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Goldsmiths' Hall in London, Britain February 1, 2018. REUTERS/Ben Stansall/Pool
Meghan Markle, the fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry, meets members of the public during a walkabout on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle, Britain, February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Jane Barlow/Pool
Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle arrive at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London, Britain, March 12, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle arrive for a visit to the Eikon Exhibition Centre in Lisburn, Northern Ireland March 23, 2018. Arthur Edwards/Pool via Reuters
Britain's Prince Harry (UNSEEN) and his fiancee Meghan Markle, visit a science park called Catalyst Inc., during a visit to Belfast, Northern Ireland March 23, 2018. Chris Jackson/Pool via Reuters
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Meghan Markle attends the 25th Anniversary Memorial Service to celebrate the life and legacy of Stephen Lawrence at St Martin-in-the-Fields on April 23, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
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“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.”

The issue includes an interview the duchess conducted with former first lady Michelle Obama, as well as Prince Harry in conversation with Dr. Jane Goodall. 

British Vogue’s September issue is available on newsstands and by digital download Friday, Aug 2.

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