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Readers suggest other ‘trailblazer’ women Meghan should have included on her Vogue cover

Royal watchers have suggested other people that the Duchess of Sussex could have included in her ‘trailblazer’ women – including Melania Trump and the Queen.  

As part of the guest edited September issue Meghan, 38, picked 15 women, ranging from activists to athletes and actresses, she admired to highlight on the front page.

However since the cover of the fashion bible was shared last night, dozens of people have slammed Meghan over who was left out.

Several people suggested the mother-of-one should have included the ‘original feminist’ the Queen, Princess Diana and Mrs Trump who ‘shined on her UK visit.’

Some people were shocked that the Queen wasn't on the front cover of her granddaughter-in-law's Vogue

Readers have suggested other women that Meghan Markle could have included in her guest edited edition of Vogue. Some suggested Melania Trump, left, and others said the Queen

Some women suggested Melania Trump should have been included in the roundup of 'trail blazers'

Some women suggested Melania Trump should have been included in the roundup of ‘trail blazers’

Campaigners also criticised the Duchess for leaving out women’s rights activist and ‘friend’ Loujain al-Hathloul who is currently jailed in Saudi Arabia.

Meghan’s edition, includes actress Jane Fonda, 81, and climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg, 16, among other famous faces.

Boxer Ramla Ali, who arrived in the UK as a refugee, also made the cut along with ballerina Francesca Hayward and supermodel Christy Turlington Burns.

Dozens of people thought Meghan should have included her husband’s grandmother the Queen in her lineup of inspirational people.

One person said: ‘Of all the women she did NOT choose the Queen. The original feminist. Anyone could learn volumes from her majesty.’ 

The front page includes teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg, actress Jameela Jamil and the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden. Pictured is the front cover

The front page includes teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg, actress Jameela Jamil and the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden. Pictured is the front cover

Princess Diana was another suggested to include in the magazine with one woman saying it would have been an 'opportunity to honour her late mother in law'

Princess Diana was another suggested to include in the magazine with one woman saying it would have been an ‘opportunity to honour her late mother in law’

Another royal watcher said they had always admired Princess Anne when the Vogue cover was shared on social media last night

Another royal watcher said they had always admired Princess Anne when the Vogue cover was shared on social media last night

Meghan, pictured with baby Archie, has been questioned as to why she didn't include friend and women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul in her 'trailblazers' list for Vogue

Ms al-Hathloul, pictured, was thrown in jail in Saudi Arabia in May 2018 for 'promoting women's rights' in the desert kingdom

Meghan, pictured left with baby Archie, has been questioned as to why she didn’t include friend and women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul, right, in her ‘trailblazers’ list for Vogue

Several others suggested the the First Lady of the United States Melania Trump should have been included in the British Vogue edit.

A fan wrote: ‘I love the beautiful HRH The Duchess of Sussex, but I wish she had interviewed our current First Lady Melania Trump @FLOTUS instead. Our FLOTUS truly shined during her recent visit to the UK.’

And another agreed by saying: ‘I think the First Lady Mrs. Trump would be an excelled candidate to interview. 

‘She has stayed out of the political media and maintained composure throughout her role as the president’s wife.’ 

One person responded to the news of Meghan's Vogue edition and said they had always admired Princess Anne, pictured, who was not included in the magazine

One person responded to the news of Meghan’s Vogue edition and said they had always admired Princess Anne, pictured, who was not included in the magazine

Several people said the Queen was the most obviously omitted woman with one person on Twitter saying she is the 'original feminist'

Several people said the Queen was the most obviously omitted woman with one person on Twitter saying she is the ‘original feminist’

Dozens of people asked why the Queen, or Princess Diana, wasn't included on the front cover

Dozens of people asked why the Queen, or Princess Diana, wasn’t included on the front cover

Meghan did include former First Lady Michelle Obama in the September edition of the magazine by interviewing her on topics such as motherhood.

Other suggestions for people Meghan could have chosen included Princess Anne, Princess Diana, Margaret Thatcher and Condoleezza Rice.

In a response on Twitter one person said: ‘Where’s princess Diana or the Queen?! Meghan you really don’t help yourself.’

While someone else said they thought Princess Anne should be included as they had always ‘admited how she dutifully supports the Queen, without ever craving attention or meddling in politics.’ 

One Instagram user questioned why all the women chosen by Meghan appeared to be 'left wing' and suggested Margaret Thatcher or former U.S. secretary of state Condoleezza Rice

One Instagram user questioned why all the women chosen by Meghan appeared to be ‘left wing’ and suggested Margaret Thatcher or former U.S. secretary of state Condoleezza Rice

Others thought Meghan should have included NHS staff and scientists on the Vogue cover

Others thought Meghan should have included NHS staff and scientists on the Vogue cover

 

Someone else questioned why the women featured appeared to all be ‘left-wing.’

They said: ‘What about Ayaan Hirsi Ali? What about Margaret Thatcher or Condoleca Rice? Why are all the women featured left-wing?’ 

Several people were frustrated that Meghan didn’t use the opportunity to highlight the work of teachers, doctors and scientists.

Princess Diana, pictured in 1983, was another woman suggested to appear in the magazine with some saying it would have been an opportunity for Meghan 'to honour her late mother in law'

Princess Diana, pictured in 1983, was another woman suggested to appear in the magazine with some saying it would have been an opportunity for Meghan ‘to honour her late mother in law’

One woman said: ‘Pathetic front page. Where are doctors, scientists, teachers. 

‘Why a child climate change activist who should be in school? Where is Her Majesty the Queen?’

And someone else commented: ‘Highly unhappy with the choice of people…where are the scientists , armed forces , NHS staff and the Queen ? Am no longer buying Vogue…have bought for over 50 years.’

Human Rights Watch said it was a ‘shame’ if Loujain al-Hathloul had been omitted from Meghan’s Vogue for ‘political reasons’ because her captors, Saudi Arabia, are an ally of the UK.

As a member of the royal family Meghan is not allowed to say anything that is too political.

But nearly three years ago she and Ms al-Hathloul, 29, appeared in a Vanity Fair photoshoot together as they were honoured for their humanitarian work at the One Young World summit in Canada.

The Duchess, who had met Prince Harry just three months earlier, praised delegates for ‘speaking out against human rights violations, environmental crises, gender equality issues, discrimination and injustice. They are the change’.

The Ottawa conference also included actress Emma Watson, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and Cher.

But since they met at the event in October 2016 the lives of the two women have followed very different paths.

Ms al-Hathloul, pictured, was thrown in jail in Saudi Arabia in May 2018 for 'promoting women's rights' in the desert kingdom and has allegedly been 'tortured' into 'confessing to conspiring with the country's enemies'

Ms al-Hathloul, pictured, was thrown in jail in Saudi Arabia in May 2018 for ‘promoting women’s rights’ in the desert kingdom and has allegedly been ‘tortured’ into ‘confessing to conspiring with the country’s enemies’

While Meghan has gone on to marry and have her first child with Prince Harry, Ms al-Hathloul was thrown behind bars in Saudi Arabia in May 2018 for promoting women’s rights in the desert kingdom – particularly women’s right to drive and an end to the country’s restrictive male guardianship system

Since then it has been alleged that she is ‘regularly beaten, whipped and tortured in a “palace of terror”‘.

Human Rights Watch said it hoped Ms al-Hathloul was not left out for 'political' reasons because Saudi Arabia are an ally of the UK

Human Rights Watch said it hoped Ms al-Hathloul was not left out for ‘political’ reasons because Saudi Arabia are an ally of the UK

Her brother, Walid al-Hathloul said that on a visit to the prison where she was being held, Ms al-Hathloul told him she was being tortured with electric shocks and sexually harassed.

She now faces 20 years in jail after allegedly confessing to conspiring with enemies of Saudi Arabia.

The Duchess of Sussex is the guest editor of September’s British Vogue and has brought together her 15 most inspirational women for a string front cover.

These included climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg, actress Jameela Jamil and the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden.

But Adam Coogle, of Human Rights Watch said: ‘Any list of trailblazing women, or women who have pushed boundaries, courageously advocated for increasing freedoms at considerable risk to themselves and their own safety and wellbeing, should consider all of the women Saudi activists given all that they’ve faced, and all that has happened to them.

‘Loujain would be probably the most well known of them and what makes it even more sad is that Meghan knows her, too.

‘If certain people are being left off Meghan’s list for political reasons it does call into question the integrity and purpose of such a list. You can recognise trailblazing women but only if they happen to align with UK foreign policy.

The Duchess of Sussex is the guest editor of British Vogue's September issue and is pictured here with editor Edward Enninful picking the line-up of women she 'admires'

The Duchess of Sussex is the guest editor of British Vogue’s September issue and is pictured here with editor Edward Enninful picking the line-up of women she ‘admires’

‘I would certainly say that Loujain deserves recognition as a trailblazing woman and a woman of courage. I’m not sure that many women on the list will have experienced what Loujain has in terms of mistreatment.’

MailOnline have contacted Vogue for comment. 

Also being held with Ms al-Hathloul is Samar Badawi, who was once given an International Woman of Courage Award at the White House by former First Lady, Michelle Obama.

Saudi Arabia later cut off diplomatic relations with Canada after its foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, called for Badawi’s release.

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