BRITISH actress Jameela Jamil has expressed her dissatisfaction at the way the people in England treat Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex.
In an interview with The Sunday Times Magazine, Jamil said the Duchess wouldn’t be so heavily criticised if she were white.
“Let’s just hope this is an adjustment period and that things are about to improve, because if Meghan was a white woman, all the bold things she’s doing would be celebrated,” said The Good Place actress.
Jamil and the Duchess of Sussex worked together for the September issue of British Vogue, which the royal edited. The issue features Jamil alongside 14 other inspiring women such as activist Greta Thunberg and the author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Talking about working with Markle, Jamil said: “She’s so cool. This cover proves that Meghan isn’t in this for the glory. She’s being bold and using her privilege to pass the mic on to other women.”
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Gah. My own @britishvogue September Issue cover. I wrote the open editorial for this issue too, and I hope you enjoy it. This is a massive honour. ❤️ I can’t think of a cooler issue to be featured in. I can’t think of a cooler editor or a more exceptional guest editor. I love everything about this issue and the message behind it. It’s a new era for Vogue, and it’s really exciting. No airbrushing on a vogue cover! Wahey!
Markle personally called Jamil for the Vogue project, and specifically asked for her to write the open editorial for the issue, said the British actress.
“She called me and told me how much she is invested in my work, in advocacy for women and she was naming back things that I’ve done,” added Jamil, who has been an outspoken campaigner for body positivity and equal rights. In March 2018, Jamil started a body-positive Instagram account called I Weigh, which seeks to uplift women.
Jamil said she did not know the September issue of Vogue was being edited by the royal until they spoke on the phone.
The actress said: “[Meghan] explained that she’d guest-edited the issue, and apologized that the whole thing had been shrouded in so much secrecy…
“I had never met her before but we chatted openly. She told me how important gender equality was to her.”