Meghan Markle is continuing to make her own history, this time as the first guest editor for British Vogue. The Duchess of Sussex spent seven months working with Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful and picked 15 women to grace the cover of the magazine for the Forces of Change issue. Markle also sat down for a candid conversation with former First Lady Michelle Obama, with excerpts from the pair’s interview now available online via People magazine. Just save yourself some time and print out all of Obama’s quotes and tape them up around your home. Everything this woman says is gold.
Obama and Markle discussed the article while Markle was pregnant with son Archie, with the two women chatting “over a casual lunch of chicken tacos and my ever-burgeoning bump.” Delish. Markle later sent Obama a list of questions on motherhood, with the beloved FLOTUS providing responses that left Markle “somewhat speechless.” Same.
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We are proud to announce that Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex is the Guest Editor for the September issue of @BritishVogue. For the past seven months, The Duchess has curated the content with British Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful to create an issue that highlights the power of the collective. They have named the issue: “Forces for Change” For the cover, The Duchess chose a diverse selection of women from all walks of life, each driving impact and raising the bar for equality, kindness, justice and open mindedness. The sixteenth space on the cover, a mirror, was included so that when you hold the issue in your hands, you see yourself as part of this collective. The women on the cover include: @AdwoaAboah @AdutAkech @SomaliBoxer @JacindaArdern @TheSineadBurke @Gemma_Chan @LaverneCox @JaneFonda @SalmaHayek @FrankieGoesToHayward @JameelaJamilOfficial @Chimamanda_Adichie @YaraShahidi @GretaThunberg @CTurlington We are excited to announce that within the issue you’ll find: an exclusive interview between The Duchess and former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, a candid conversation between The Duke of Sussex and Dr Jane Goodall, inspirational articles written by Brené Brown, Jameela Jamil and many others. Equally, you’ll find grassroots organisations and incredible trailblazers working tirelessly behind the scenes to change the world for the better. “Guest Editing the September issue of British Vogue has been rewarding, educational and inspiring. 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. 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. Thank you for saying “Yes!” – and to Edward, thank you for this wonderful opportunity.” – The Duchess of Sussex #ForcesForChange
On what motherhood has taught her, Obama said the journey is a “… masterclass in letting go. Try as we might, there’s only so much we can control. And, boy, have I tried — especially at first. As mothers, we just don’t want anything or anyone to hurt our babies. But life has other plans. Bruised knees, bumpy roads and broken hearts are part of the deal.”
Writing about daughters Malia and Sasha, Michelle said that cultivating a safe and nurturing environment has been at the forefront of her mind. “Motherhood has taught me that, most of the time, my job is to give them the space to explore and develop into the people they want to be. Not who I want them to be or who I wish I was at that age, but who they are, deep inside,” she said. “Motherhood has also taught me that my job is not to bulldoze a path for them in an effort to eliminate all possible adversity. But instead, I need to be a safe and consistent place for them to land when they inevitably fail; and to show them, again and again, how to get up on their own.”
While much is written about the difficulties of the early days of parenting, Obama reminded Markle to enjoy her time with 3-month-old Archie has much as possible. “When Malia and Sasha were newborns, Barack and I could lose hours just watching them sleep. We loved to listen to the little sounds they’d make — especially the way they cooed when they were deep into dreaming,” she said. “Don’t get me wrong, early parenthood is exhausting. I’m sure you know a thing or two about that these days. But there is something so magical about having a baby in the house. Time expands and contracts; each moment holds its own little eternity.”
As longtime friends of the royal family, Michelle concluded her thoughts on motherhood by saying “I’m so excited for you and Harry to experience that, Meghan. Savour it all.”
Don’t we all feel a little less tired, a little more capable, and a little more energized after listening to Michelle Obama? Sigh.
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Today The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to share their first public moment as a family. They are so incredibly grateful for the warm wishes and support they’ve received from everyone around the world, since welcoming their son two days ago. Photo cred: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal