'Meghan and Harry will look at Vogue reaction and see how far they can push boundaries'

Danielle Stacey
Royal Correspondent

The Duchess of Sussex guest-edited the September issue of British Vogue, including 15 inspirational women on its cover.

Among them was climate change activist Greta Thunberg, New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern, and transgender actress and LGBTQ+ advocate Laverne Cox.

But some critics have accused Meghan of being ‘too political’ and ‘left-wing’ with her choices.

Members of the Royal Family typically remain neutral on political matters, but the Prince of Wales has been chastised in the past for airing his views on issues such as the environment and architecture.

The Sunday Times’ royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah says the Vogue issue is a “litmus test” for Meghan and Harry.

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Harry and Meghan at The Lion King premiere. [Photo: PA]

Speaking on Yahoo UK’s ‘The Royal Box,’ she says: “I think the reaction to this was quite interesting, I think they [Harry and Meghan] will look at Vogue and the reaction, to see how far they can possibly push boundaries safely.

“I think the issues that you hear Meghan and Harry talking about in this issue, it’s probably an interesting take to which directions they want to go in going forwards.”

The Sussexes separated from their joint household and charity organisation The Royal Foundation with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge earlier this year.

Their new foundation name Sussex Royal was registered with Companies House on July 1.

The couple’s first project will reportedly focus on the conservation and protection of lions, and will be announced before their tour of Africa this autumn.

Nikkhah adds: “She’s [Meghan] still a relatively new member of the Royal Family, she’s officially on maternity leave, still figuring out what else she wants to do and support beyond the four patronages she’s taken on.

“So I think this will be a very good litmus test for them, seeing the reaction that’s come back, a huge support, some questioning over some of the issues, but I think it will be a good litmus test for them to say ‘okay, this is what we can run with going forwards.”