‘It’s extremely disappointing’: Meghan Markle’s Vogue issue about ‘trailblazing’ women has a VERY similar cover to an Australian book the Duchess helped produce – and the authors aren’t happy
- Meghan Markle has guest-edited the latest edition of the fashion bible UK Vogue
- The issue, titled ‘Forces for Change’, features 15 inspiring women on the cover
- An Australian book, ‘The Game Changers’, also featured 15 women on its cover
- Markle featured in that best-selling book of 2016, for which she wrote an essay
- Readers have suggested the two publications seem remarkably similar in style
The first issue of UK Vogue to be guest-edited by Meghan Markle appears remarkably similar to an Australian book about inspiring women which the Duchess of Sussex helped produce.
The duchess wrote an essay for ‘The Game Changers’ by Samantha Brett and Steph Adams three years before she helped edit the identically-themed Vogue issue ‘Forces for Change’.
Both publications feature 15 back and white photographs of trail-blazing women on the cover.
Brett, who is a journalist with the Seven Network and a social commentator, told Daily Mail Australia she was stunned when she saw the Vogue cover on Monday.
‘It’s obviously very flattering, she obviously likes our concept!’ she said.
‘I love Meghan and am a huge fan, but if what people are alerting us to is true, then it’s extremely disappointing.’
The latest issue of UK Vogue guest-edited by Meghan Markle appears remarkably similar to an Australian book about trailblazing women which the Duchess of Sussex helped to produce
The Duchess of Sussex wrote an essay for ‘The Game Changers’ by Samantha Brett and Steph Adams three years ago and helped produce the latest British Vogue issue ‘Forces for Change’
Both publications feature 15 back and white head shots of inspiring women on the cover and one of authors of The Game Changers said the similarities were ‘extremely disappointing’
Brett and Adams worked on The Game Changers for several years to produce a best-selling charity coffee table book first published in December 2016.
The duchess was one of 15 women pictured on the cover of The Game Changers – which she personally approved – and was given multiple copies of the book.
According to Vogue, she was also deeply involved in producing ‘Forces for Change’ which features 15 women she admires on the front.
It was the duchess’s idea that the 16th image on the cover be a mirror to ‘include the reader and encourage them to use their own platforms to effect change.’
Royal officials said the Vogue issue featured ‘trail-blazing change-makers united by their fearlessness in breaking barriers.’
A publicity blurb for The Game Changers from 2016 said it was about ‘fearless, trail-blazing’ women who were changing the world.
Brett and Adams have been inundated with messages from people alerting them to the similarities between the two projects.
Authors Samantha Brett (right) and Steph Adams (left) have been inundated with people alerting them to the similarities between their book and the September issue of UK Vogue
The first edition of The Game Changers sold out as soon as it was released at the end of 2016.
It featured on Good Morning America and in other international media coverage because its publication coincided with news Markle was in a relationship with Prince Harry.
The Game Changers was republished in November 2017 with more women featured on the cover and has continued to be a bestseller.
The duchess is the first royal to guest-edit Vogue, and the line-up of women she admired included celebrities, politicians and activists.
The September cover includes images of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, actress Jane Fonda, Australian model Adwoa Aboah and climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg.
Inside the magazine is an interview between the duchess and former US First Lady Michelle Obama.
The issue has already attracted criticism from some readers, with one online commenter tweeting it was ‘vacuous rubbish’ and another calling the magazine ‘absolutely awful’.
The magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful said the duchess chose not to feature on the cover because she believed it would be a ‘boastful’ thing for her to do.
The Game Changers sold out when it was released at the end of 2016. It was republished in November 2017 (pictured) with more women featured and has gone on to be a bestseller