Meghan Markle’s Variety cover postponed out of respect for Queen Elizabeth II

Meghan Markle’s forthcoming Variety cover story for its “Power of Women” issue has been postponed out of respect for the late Queen Elizabeth II.

The “Archetypes” podcast host, 41, was given the honor alongside Ava DuVernay, Elizabeth Olsen and Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, among others.

The magazine announced Thursday that Markle’s cover will not be available until further notice while she and the royal family mourn the loss of Her Majesty, who died Sept. 8 at age 96.

“Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, was chosen as one of one of this year’s stellar honorees,” Variety wrote via Twitter Wednesday.

“The Duchess’ cover will be postponed to a later date, out of respect for the recent passing of Queen Elizabeth II.”

Additionally, Markle will no longer be attending the “Power of Women” issue’s accompanying Los Angeles event on Sept. 28.

The “Suits” alum and her husband, Prince Harry — Elizabeth’s grandson — are currently in the UK preparing for the sovereign’s state funeral on Monday.

The couple raised eyebrows when they were spotted holding hands at the Monarch’s procession on Wednesday — because they are no longer working members of the royal family.

“Harry and Meghan are grieving relatives and are under no obligation to follow royal protocol,” body language expert Inbaal Honigman told the British newspaper The Daily Express in defense of the pair.

“Their hands are there to support one another emotionally during this loss,” Honigman added.

Markle and Harry, 38, gave up their royal duties as Duke and Duchess of Sussex in January 2020 due to ongoing issues like media scrutiny and inner turmoil within the family.They have since relocated to California.

Despite any tension with the remaining royals in England, Markle has only spoken highly of Elizabeth.

“It’s incredible, I think, you know, a) to be able to meet her through [Harry’s] lens, not just with his honor and respect for her as the monarch, but the love that he has for her as his grandmother,” the former actress said of the queen in a 2017 joint CBS interview with Harry.

“All of those layers have been so important for me so that when I met her I had such a deep understanding and of course incredible respect for being able to have that time with her,” Markle continued. “And we’ve had a really — she’s an incredible woman.”


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