When the Duchess of Sussex asked to guest-edit British Vogue magazine she took up the challenge with one very clear proviso.
Meghan, 38, wanted to use the opportunity to shine a light on female trailblazers – and she insisted she would NOT be a cover girl.
The former Suits star had graced scores of glossy publications in her days as a Hollywood actress.
But since joining the Royal Family she and husband Harry have vowed to use their profiles to highlight issues close to their hearts.
So she was determined to use her stint at the helm of the legendary fashion “bible” to highlight a collection of diverse women “breaking barriers” – like climate activist Greta Thunberg, actress and activist Jane Fonda and New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Vogue’s editor in chief, Edward Enninful, explained: “From the very beginning, we talked about the cover – whether she would be on it or not.
“In the end, she felt that it would be in some ways a ‘boastful; thing to do for this particular project. She wanted, instead, to focus on the women she admires.”
Meghan’s critics claimed, of course, that she was having a dig at her sister-in-law, Kate, who featured on the front of Vogue in 2016.
But Harry and both his parents have also been fashion mag favourites along with other members of the Windsor clan.
We browsed the archives to find the royal cover stars.
Duchess of Cambridge
In June 2016 Kate posed for a series of stunning photos for the centenary edition of Vogue magazine.
A keen photographer herself, the Duchess also agreed for two images from the shoot to go on show in an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery
Duke of Cambridge
In the same year his wife was in Vogue, Prince William showed he’s got attitude.
He become the first member of the royal family to be photographed for the cover of a gay magazine and gave an interview.
In the July edition of Attitude William discussed he mental health implications of homophobic, bi-phobic and transphobic bullying,His mother, Princess Diana, who was patron of the National Aids Trust, appeared on the cover of the Gay Times in a 1997 tribute issue after her death.
To mark her 18 birthday in 2008, Andrew and Fergie’s youngest daughter featured on the front cover of society magazine, Tatler.
In the accompanying interview she talked about having major surgery to correct a spinal condition, her love of Radio 1 and Big Brother and why she, sister Beatrice and their Mum call themselves “the tripod.”
In 2011 Harry appeared on the cover of GQ, to promote his Walking With the Wounded charity.
He was just about to leave for Norway to train with a group of wounded servicemen preparing to trek to the North Pole.
Harry joined them for the first five days of their gruelling, but ultimately successful walk.
The Prince told GQ: ”This extraordinary expedition will raise awareness of the debt that this country owes to those it sends off to fight – only for them to return wounded and scarred, physically and emotionally. The debt extends beyond immediate medical care and short-term rehabilitation. These men and women have given so much.
”We must recognise their sacrifice, be thankful, so far as we can ever repay them for it.”
Diana is considered the ultimate royal cover girl and appeared on the front of numerous mags including Vanity Fair and Harpers Bazaar.
But her four Vogue covers – three in the Britain and one in the US – became iconic.
Her first appearance was in 1981, ahead of her wedding to Charles.
But ten years later, just before they split, she captivated the world by revealing her new, short hair cut.
Newly-married Zara appeared on the front cover of Hello magazine a month after she tied the know with rugby star Mike Tindall.
Princess Anne’s horsewoman daughter spoke about her big day and why they’d postponed the honeymoon tor a three-day eventing competition.
And she also got to plug her new range of riding gear.
Down to earth Anne is the last person you’d expect to see on the front of a fashion mag.
But she was the first senior member of the royal family to grace the cover of Vogue.
She did a stunning shoot to mark her 21 birthday in 1971 and, two years later, posed again following the announcement of her engagement to Captain Mark Philips.
In November 2018 the Prince of Wales guest-edited Country Life magazine to mark his 70 birthday.
The issue concentrated on his love of nature and featured interviews with Dame Judi Dench and his wife Camilla.
And son William revealed that his Pa is “completely infatuated” with the red squirrels on the Balmoral estate and even gives some of them names.
Shame that Nuts magazine isn’t still going….