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Meghan Markle guest edits UK magazine, features 'Forces for Change' women

Duchess of Sussex, Patron of Smart Works, is pictured in the workroom of the Smart Works, London office in this undated handout image released by Kensington Palace on July 28, 2019. Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters London Jul 30, 2019, 06.16 AM (IST)

Meghan, former actress and now wife of Britain's Prince Harry, has chosen to feature 15 women she considers 'Forces for change' on the cover of the September issue of British Vogue that she guest-edited, Buckingham Palace said on Sunday.

The Duchess of Sussex, who gave birth to her first child in May, spent seven months working with British Vogue's Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful on the issue.

The former actress, 37, said in a statement she had sought to steer the focus of the September issue - usually, the year's most read - to "the values, causes and people making an impact in the world today".

The cover of the magazine, which will be available on August 2, features names like teenage climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Arden, boxer Ramla Ali and actress and women's rights advocate Salma Hayek Pinault.

Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward, and model and former refugee Adut Akech are among others featured in a list that also includes mental health and diversity campaigners.

"Through this lens, I hope you'll feel the strength of the collective in the diverse selection of women chosen for the cover as well as the team of support I called upon within the issue to help bring this to light," Meghan said in the statement.

"I hope readers feel as inspired as I do, by the 'Forces for Change' they'll find within these pages."

The issue also features a 'candid conversation' between Meghan and former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and an interview with veteran primatologist Jane Goodall.

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The former actress, 37, said in a statement she had sought to steer the focus of the September issue - usually, the year's most read - to "the values, causes and people making an impact in the world today".