Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle has found herself in hot water this week after she was accused of copying her new Vogue cover from a 2016 book.

Fox News reported that immediately after the release of the cover of the September issue of Vogue that Meghan guest-edited, similarities were noticed between it and the cover of Australian authors Samantha Brett and Steph Adams’ bestselling book, “The Game Changers.” The authors said after the Vogue release that while the similarities are “flattering,” they are also “disappointing.”

“It’s obviously very flattering, she must like our concept! I love Meghan and am a huge fan, but it is a little bit disappointing,” said Brett. “But any project that aims to support the empowerment of women, I am a great supporter of. Our book was for charity — so hopefully they too are giving the proceeds to a worthy cause.”

Brett went on to say that “Game Changers” was released in November of 2016 with a black and white cover, and Meghan was one of the 40 contributors to it. Adams agreed with Brett’s statement of hoping that the proceeds from the Vogue cover go to a good cause.

“The Duchess of Sussex is someone we all want to look up to, admire and respect,” Adams said. “We love that she has ideas for change that are positive and that she is addressing issues such as diversity and kindness. But wouldn’t it have been more powerful if she just created a book and interviewed women and gave the money to charity?”

Brett Laughs It Off

In an interview on Tuesday, Brett said that she initially “didn’t think anything of it” when she saw the Vogue cover.

“And then someone sent me the press release and the wording was very similar,” Brett said. “She said ‘trailblazing change-makers who are fearless women,’ and on the back of my book, it says ‘trailblazers, game-changing, fearless women.’ And so I thought ‘wow, this is very similar.’”

She went on to say that she did not realize at first just how big of a deal the Vogue cover was until her phone started ringing like crazy with requests for interviews.

“Suddenly, I had the world’s media calling me. And it made me realize she is extremely scrutinized,” said Brett, going on to downplay the success of her book.

“This is such a small thing, it’s a small book in Aussie,” she said with a laugh.

Meghan Should Be More Original

While it’s good that Brett and Adams have a sense of humor about this, Meghan really should be more original when it comes to her projects. Plagiarism is a major issue these days, and it’s not something a royal like Meghan can get away with as easily as she might have in the past. Hopefully, Meghan uses this as a learning experience and does not make this mistake again.

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