Prince Harry 'Exploded' During Fight About Meghan Markle's Vogue Cover
By Emily Lee
October 16, 2020
Back in July 2019, Meghan Markle guest-edited a special edition of British Vogue called 'Forces for Change.' Meghan didn't appear on the cover herself—as Kate Middleton once did after marrying Prince William—but 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" to appear instead. The cover also included a mirror in the sixteenth slot so that "when you hold the issue in your hands, you see yourself as part of this collective."
Here's what Meghan's British Vogue cover looked like, just in case you need a refresher:
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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
Though the 'Forces for Change' issue received rave reviews, there was reportedly one person who wasn't thrilled about the Duchess of Sussex's project. In his new book Battle of the Brothers, royal historian Robert Lacey claims Prince William felt 'Forced for Change' wasn't politically impartial. When William voiced his concerns to Prince Harry, the brothers reportedly had a "showdown."
Despite reporting that there was a fight between William and Harry over the Vogue issue, Lacey writes that nobody knows exactly what went down between the princes. He described the situation as "another classic Harry explosion, followed by a further, even deeper rift" between the brothers. Lacey even claims this particular argument is the reason Harry and Meghan didn't join the royals in Scotland at Queen Elizabeth's Balmoral estate that summer for the royal family's annual vacation.
It's unclear where William and Harry stand now. A source close to the Duke of Sussex recently squashed rumors that Harry planned to fly back to the U.K. for Christmas this year. "Things can obviously change, if there's a concern about family health, but they are not hopping over the pond anytime imminently," the source told Entertainment Tonight, adding that all the royals are adhering to "social isolation guidelines" amid the ongoing pandemic.