'Campaigning feminist' Meghan Markle beats out Queen Elizabeth on British Vogue's list of the most influential women

It’s been less than two weeks since the royal wedding, and Meghan Markle and Amal Clooney have already been reunited.

Meghan Markle, pictured at Buckingham Palace last week, is already making waves. (Photo: Dominic Lipinski — Pool/Getty Images)

Amid reports that Clooney is helping Meghan adjust to life in London, both women have just been named to the Vogue 25, British Vogue’s ranking of the most influential women in the U.K.

The inaugural list praises Clooney — who nearly stole the show at the May 19 royal wedding thanks to her marigold-hued Stella McCartney dress — for her work as a human rights lawyer, citing her “uniquely influential position.”

Amal Clooney, at the royal wedding with her actor husband, George, was recognized for her work as a human rights lawyer. (Photo: Gareth Fuller — WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Meghan — addressed by her new title, the Duchess of Sussex — is credited with promoting feminist convictions and giving the royal family a modern update.

“From a teenager posing outside the palace gates to a grown-up actress marrying one of the princes within them, Meghan Markle’s story (and wardrobe) captured the public imagination like no other this year,” the fashion magazine gushes. “Almost overnight, the 36-year-old has become one of the most recognizable women in the world. But her influence stretches far beyond the ceaseless coverage of her style — as a biracial campaigning feminist from America, she is helping to forge a new 21st-century identity for the monarchy.”

High praise, indeed — though it might make things a tad awkward around the dinner table at Buckingham Palace. The duchess’s new grandmother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II, failed to make the cut, as did British Prime Minister Theresa May.

The magazine — which also honors the likes of author J.K. Rowling, Black Panther actress Letitia Wright, and Stella McCartney, who designed the dress Markle wore for her wedding reception — explained the snubs.

“Drawing from the worlds of politics, fashion, the arts, media, and sport, we have had to make notable omissions,” it stated. “For some, authority remains too precarious (Theresa May), for others it is eternal (the Queen).” 

Think that will soften the blow?

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