MEGHAN MARKLE has been criticised after she guest-edited the September issue of British Vogue with a royal expert suggesting the Duchess could have tried to promote more “charitable causes that are a bit more grassroots”.
Royal expert Camilla Tominey made the striking assertion on Nine News Australia to disgruntled host Georgie Gardner, who believed Meghan Markle doesn’t deserve criticism. Ms Tominey explained: “People are wondering what the value is of being involved in this? We know that she is somebody who wants to force change and that’s not just because of who she is and where she comes from and her introduction to the Royal Family but also some of her charitable work.
“We’re going to expect her to pick edgier causes than we might have been used to in the past.
“That’s all well and good.
“The question is: is Vogue magazine, the so-called September issue that we all remember from the Devil Wear’s Prada, is that the right vehicle for this?
“Somebody pointed out that Salma Hayek is one of the women mentioned but then she’s married to a very, very rich Frenchman who owns a load of luxury brands that are actually advertised in Vogue magazine.
Vogue was the wrong ‘vehicle’ for Meghan Markle, Camilla Tominey said (Image: Nine News Australia•Peter Lindbergh•Vogue)
“So are we just going full circle with a lot of people who are in a privileged position patting each other on the back?
“Whereas she could be down at the local Red Cross charity shop meeting ordinary people and trying to promote charitable causes that are a bit more grassroots.
“I think that’s the dividing line.”
Host Georgie Gardner disagreed, blasting: “On this occasion, give her a break.
Camilla Tominey spoke to Georgie Gardner on Nine News Australia (Image: Nine News Australia)
Camilla Tominey claimed that there was a circle of privilege (Image: Nine News Australia)
“I mean, she’s used the opportunity to promote trailblazers, change-makers.
“She’s using her profile for a good cause, as far as I can see.
“She’s damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t.”
Meghan Markle has been criticised for “cherry-picking” platforms like Vogue to politicise her image whilst demanding privacy for her and Prince Harry’s baby Archie Harrison.
Georgie Gardner thought Ms Tominey was being too harsh (Image: Nine News Australia)
The Duchess of Sussex was the first guest editor of the September issue of British Vogue but received criticism for appearing using the opportunity to make a political point whilst demanding her and Prince Harry’s life are kept private and away from the spotlight that comes with being part of the Royal Family.
The Duchess of Sussex announced the collaboration with editor-in-chief Edward Enninful on Monday.
The cover features 15 women, including teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and is emblazoned with the slogan “Forces for CHANGE”.
The 15 women on the cover are: Adwoa Aboah, Adut Akech, Ramla Ali, Jacinda Ardern, Sinead Burke, Gemma Chan, Laverne Cox, Jane Fonda, Salma Hayek Pinault, Jameela Jamil, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Francesca Hayward, Yara Shahidi, Greta Thunberg and Christy Turlington Burns.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK