The theme of the issue is “Forces of Change” and highlighted a range of influential women, with the former First Lady relaying parenting advice which left Markle “somewhat speechless.”
“Being a mother has been a masterclass in letting go,” Obama said in regard to what motherhood has taught her. “Try as we might, there’s only so much we can control. And, boy, have I tried — especially at first. As mothers, we just don’t want anything or anyone to hurt our babies. But life has other plans. Bruised knees, bumpy roads, and broken hearts are part of the deal.”
While Obama’s daughters Malia and Sasha daughter are grown, she reminisced about what it was like when they were infants, as Markle is currently a new mom to two-month-old son Archie.
“When Malia and Sasha were newborns, Barack and I could lose hours just watching them sleep. We loved to listen to the little sounds they’d make — especially the way they cooed when they were deep into dreaming,” she recounted.
“Don’t get me wrong, early parenthood is exhausting. I’m sure you know a thing or two about that these days. But there is something so magical about having a baby in the house. Time expands and contracts; each moment holds its own little eternity.”
She added, “I’m so excited for you and Harry to experience that, Meghan. Savour it all.”
The cover of the issue features 15 women whose impact is “driving impact and raising the bar for equality, kindness, justice and open mindedness”and includes supermodel Christy Turlington, actresses Salma Hayek, Laverne Cox, Yara Sahidi, Gemma Chan and Jane Fonda, and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Despite guest-editing the issue, Markle made a point of not appearing on the cover believing it would be too “boastful”and instead, wanted to focus on the women she admires.
Markle also got her husband involved as Prince Harry interviewed anthropologist Jane Goodall for the magazine.
The September issue of British Vogue is on newsstands now.