Personal request Meghan Markle made to photographer ahead of Vogue cover shoot
As guest editor, Meghan Markle was involved in every page of the September issue of Vogue magazine.
The Duchess of Sussex worked closely with editor Edward Enningful to produce the Forces of Change edition , which hit the shelves last week, featuring 15 woman who have had a powerful impact on the world through their work and passions.
Meghan and Edward both agreed that photographer Peter Lindbergh was the perfect person to caption each of the inspirational women for the cover, with the editor writing: "It was one of those brilliantly spontaneous moments when HRH The Duchess of Sussex and I had exactly the same idea at exactly the same time."
Peter, who said he was honoured to be part of the product, did a number of shoots in London and New York to get the series of black and white snaps.
In a behind-the-scenes feature in the magazine, he revealed the one request Meghan made ahead of the sessions.
He says: "My instructions from the Duchess were clear: 'I want to see freckles!'"
Peter was more than happy to oblige, adding: "Well that was like running through open doors for me. I love freckles."
Meghan, Peter and Edward wanted the photos to be as natural as possible, something the German photographer specialises in.
He said: "I hate retouching, I hate make-up. I always say, "take the make-up off!".
"The number of beautiful women who have asked me to lengthen their legs or move their eyes further apart, you would not believe.
"It's a culture of madness."
In the issue Meghan and Edward both talk about how the September issue, the most important of the year, came about.
They had a meeting at Kensington Palace to discuss Meghan possibly being the cover star, following in the footsteps of her sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge and mother-in-law Princess Diana.
However after the meeting, Meghan had an idea and sent Edward a slightly nervous message.
In her editor's letter, she explains: "I asked the question. Actually, I typed and deleted the question several times until I built up the courage to ask the question – 'Edward…instead of doing the cover, would you be open to me guest-editing your September issue?'."
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