- The Duchess of Sussex posed with a magazine featuring her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, on the cover before ever meeting the royal.
- A 2014 photo of Meghan Markle holding a copy of U Magazine has resurfaced just weeks after the duchess said appearing on her own cover of British Vogue would have been “boastful.”
- The photo was taken 2 years before the former actress started dating Prince Harry in 2016.
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Meghan Markle posed with a Kate Middleton magazine cover two years before meeting the duchess — and five years before saying that having her own magazine cover would be “boastful.”
In a recently resurfaced photograph, the former actress is seen posing with a copy of U Magazine alongside the publication’s former editor-in-chief, Denise Cash.
Cash posted the photo on Instagram back in 2017 to acknowledge Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry, but it was actually taken in 2014.
The October 2014 issue of U featured the duchess’ future sister-in-law, who was pregnant with Princess Charlotte at the time, on the cover. The headline read: “Twins! Double the fun for Will & Kate as bookies suspend bets on royal twins.”
Markle had contributed to a piece about sunglasses for the publication’s December issue, so that’s likely why the duchess met with the editor in the first place.
“We knew her and Kate would be sisters-in-law,” Cash commented on the post. “Look at the cover!”
Since the phoot was taken two years before Markle started dating Prince Harry in 2016, the duchesses hadn’t even met yet.
The photo has been brought to light just weeks after Markle said she thought it would have been “boastful” to appear on the cover of the Vogue issue she guest-edited.
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The Duchess of Sussex made the comment as she curated British Vogue’s “Forces for Change” September issue, which features 15 inspirational women — including Jameela Jamil and Jacinda Ardern — on the cover.
Markle worked behind-the-scenes with the magazine’s editor, Edward Enninful, for seven months as the publication’s first ever guest editor.
“From the very beginning, we talked about the cover — whether she would be on it or not,” Enninful wrote in his editor’s letter.
“In the end, she felt that it would be in some ways a ‘boastful’ thing to do for this particular project,” he added. “She wanted, instead, to focus on the women she admires.”
Royal fans will know Middleton also posed for the magazine’s cover three years before Markle made that comment.
She appeared in a 10-page shoot for the publication’s centenary issue, the only approved magazine shoot the duchess has been involved in.