TV Presenter Attacks Meghan Markle Over 'Idiotic' Vogue Cover: 'Royals Don't Guest Edit Magazines'

A British showbiz correspondent has hit out at the "idiotic" decision to invite Meghan Markle to guest edit an upcoming issue of British Vogue magazine.

Dan Wootton, an executive for The Sun tabloid newspaper and entertainment reporter and presenter, was appearing in his usual slot on morning TV show Lorraine on the ITV channel to give his views on the announcement.

"The queen will think this is an absolutely idiotic, ridiculous decision as do I," he told fellow presenter Christine Lampard.

"Remember Meghan doesn't want to be a celebrity, she says she wants to be a royal. Royals don't guest edit magazines, celebrities guest edit magazines."

The Duchess of Sussex said she will be using her opportunity to edit Vogue's September issue to run a "forces for change" edition, featuring 15 women who are "working tirelessly behind the scenes to change the world for the better."

Some of the women who will feature in the magazine include teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and supermodel turned mental health activist Adwoa Aboah.

"This is a magazine that people shell out loads of money for to be told to buy clothes that cost about £10,000, like a pair of shoes for £10,000, then you've got Meghan banging on about under privileged people," Wootton added.

"Honestly, have you seen Vogue? I don't read it, it's not my cup of tea, but if you go through Vogue probably the cheapest item of clothing you've got in there is £1,000.

"Well I can't afford that and I'm sure most people in the country can't either."

Following his appearance, social media users pointed out that members of the royal family have guest edited magazines and radio shows before.

As noted by radio journalist Rachel Venables, Kate Middleton guest edited the Huffington Post U.K. in February 2016, Prince Charles guest edited Country Life magazine and Prince Harry once edited an episode of BBC Radio 4's current affairs news programme Today.

Responding to another tweet mentioning Prince Harry's guest radio edit, Wootton tweeted: "Which I also think was ridiculous and wrong. But using a snobby inaccessible fashion mag focused on skinny models and celebs to push your accessible message to the world [thinking face emoji]."

In a statement, the Duchess of Sussex said guest editing British Vogue has been a "rewarding, educational and inspiring."

"To deep dive into this process, working quietly behind the scenes for so many months, I am happy to now be able to share what we have created," she added.

"A huge thanks to all of the friends who supported me in this endeavor, lending their time and energy to help within these pages and on the cover."

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This undated handout photo issued on July 28, 2019 by Kensington Palace shows Britain's Meghan, duchess of Sussex, Patron of Smart Works, in the workroom of the Smart Works London office. Meghan will guest edit the September issue of British Vogue, which will see her in "candid conversation" with former first lady Michelle Obama. @SUSSEXROYAL/AFP/Getty Images