Meghan Markle sparks huge TV row as GMB presenter insists: 'She should be celebrated!'
Meghan Markle has received a negative backlash following her guest-edit of British Vogue’s September 2019 issue. Journalist Sally Jones claimed the Duchess of Sussex is “hypocritical in some of her stances”, while Good Morning Britain host Adil Ray contended she is “fantastic for the country” and should be “celebrated”. Ms Jones argued: “She’s potentially the most wonderful Princess, she’s got an awful lot of qualities, I think the problem is that she’s either not being well advised or she’s not listening to the advice.
“Because I think she does the sort of things which get up people’s nose, they think here’s a woman who’s a bit up herself.”
Mr Ray pointed out: “She talks about mental health, she goes out and does stuff for the Grenfell victims which is more than anybody has ever done in her world.”
Ms Jones claimed: “I think she’s extraordinary hypocritical in some of her stances.”
The Good Morning Britain presenter hit back: “I think we should be celebrating somebody like her, I think it’s fantastic for the country.”
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Host Ranvir Singh intervened: “We can’t be sycophantic, the British public are never sycophantic about anybody, so we can’t be.”
Mr Ray explained: “I’m not saying we’re sycophantic, but I think we should be celebrating, it’s a fantastic moment.
“With what’s going on in Britain right now, with race and divide, we should be so delighted with what’s happening in our Royal Family.”
In a piece for The Times, Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful revealed that Meghan was never truly interested in featuring on the magazine’s cover in the traditional sense.
Speaking to Helen Rumbelow, he claimed that Vogue “had something sketched out” and bosses were leaning towards a “cover photoshoot to promote one of Meghan’s favourite charities”.
Then, according to Meghan’s own account that features in the magazine, she sent Mr Enninful a text. She claims she “typed and deleted the question several times” until building up the courage to ask for what she really wanted.
The text reportedly read: “Instead of doing the cover, would you be open to me guest-editing your September issue?” As Ms Rumbelow notes, Meghan was “giving herself the editorial voice that other royal women, such as the Duchess of Cambridge, have chosen not to exercise”.
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However, the move was met with open arms by Mr Enninful, who described it as a “no-brainer” and claims the Duchess of Sussex “sees the world like an editor”.
Kate, meanwhile, was on the front cover of Vogue’s June 2016 edition – but unlike Meghan, she did not guest-edit it. Her appearance on the magazine cover was to mark the National Portrait Gallery’s Vogue exhibition for its centenary edition.
The Duchess of Cambridge also appeared in a 10-page shoot within the June 2016 issue, the first magazine shoot she ever consented to.
Meghan’s cover, in contrast, features a diverse range of 15 groundbreaking women including New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg.
Speaking about the project, Meghan Markle said: “These last seven months have been a rewarding process, curating and collaborating with Edward Enninful, British Vogue’s editor-in-chief, to take the year’s most-read fashion issue and steer its focus to the values, causes and people making impact in the world today.
“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. I hope readers feel as inspired as I do, by the forces for change they’ll find within these pages.”
Both women follow in the footsteps of Princess Diana, who featured on the magazine’s front cover in 1981.