By Stacey Leasca
July 29, 2019
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Duchess Meghan of Sussex
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Meghan Markle has proved once again that she’s more than just a duchess — now she’s a magazine editor too. Not everyone is impressed, however.

On Sunday, the Sussex Royal Instagram account announced that Meghan acted as a guest editor for Vogue’s famed September issue.

“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,” the caption reads. “They have named the issue: ‘Forces for Change.’”

According to the Instagram post, 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.” She purposefully left one space open on the cover. Instead of a portrait, the Duchess left a mirror so “when you hold the issue in your hands, you see yourself as part of this collective.”

The cover features New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, as well as actress Jane Fonda and climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg. Inside, readers can also find an interview between the Duchess of Sussex and former first lady Michelle Obama.

The issue’s cover undoubtedly looks gorgeous and its message inside is one all women should read. However, Meghan is being accused of drawing inspiration for the cover from a previously published book.

Authors Samantha Brett and Steph Adams are accusing the Duchess of ripping off the cover of their book The Game Changers, which Meghan also happened to contribute to more than three years ago.

"It's obviously very flattering, she obviously likes our concept!" Brett told The Daily Mail. "I love Meghan and am a huge fan, but if what people are alerting us to is true, then it's extremely disappointing."

According to The Daily Mail, Meghan herself approved the cover of The Game Changers, which published in 2016, and wrote an essay for the best-selling coffee table book.

The similarities don’t stop at the cover. As The Daily Mail noted, royal officials said the Vogue issue features “trailblazing change-makers united by their fearlessness in breaking barriers.” Meanwhile, a blurb for the coffee table book also read that it’s about “fearless, trailblazing” women.

However, there may be a silver lining to this controversy. Now, Meghan’s cover isn’t just bringing attention to Vogue, it’s also bringing attention to the book. And, the more women we celebrate at once the better, right?