British actress and activist Jameela Jamil was one of the 15 'change making' women to appear on the Duchess of Sussex's guest edited issue of British Vogue and in a new interview dished the details on a phone call she had with Meghan, which included a cheeky joke about how she was introduced to Prince Harry.
During an interview with Grazia, Jameela revealed when she was first approached to write an essay about gender equality and societal expectations of women by Britsh Vogue's editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, she had no idea Duchess Meghan was involved.
It wasn't until just days before the release of the issue that the Duchess gave Jameela a call to share the surprising news.
"Meghan called me herself," Jameela tells Grazia.
"I missed the call three times before I finally answered," joking she wanted to punch herself after she found out who the mystery caller had been.
"She explained that she guest-edited the issue, and apologised that the whole thing had been shrouded in so much secrecy. She said she had chosen to feature me because she'd seen what I had been doing and was a fan.
"To know that she followed my work with I Weigh meant a lot."
Jameela recalls Meghan also revealed she was a big fan of The Good Place, a TV show in which the 33-year-old portrays Tahani Al-Jamil, even cracking a joke about how she and Harry were introduced in a reference to the show.
"She said she loved The Good Place," Jameela says.
"I then felt immediately embarrassed that she had seen me joke about her in the show," and it seems Meghan definitely had, dropping a reference to Jameela's character Tahani claiming in one episode that she'd been responsible for setting Meghan and Harry up.
"She said she was grateful to Tahani for introducing her to Harry. I just replied, 'You're welcome.'"
While Jameela says the call was incredibly unexpected she said Meghan was "warm, kind and actually very LOLs," adding, "I've never met her before, but we chatted very openly.
"She told me how important gender equality was to her."
Jameela is a passionate activist for gender equality and body positivity and launched the online campaign, I Weigh, in which she encourages women to define themselves by their attributes instead of their weight.
The I Weigh Instagram page currently has 802,000 followers at the time of writing, with the bio describing the campaign as being about "radical inclusivity, so that no one feels alone."
Jameela is just one of 15 women gracing the cover of British Vogue's September issue, which has been titled 'Forces for Change'.
Chosen by the Duchess of Sussex, the inclusion of the particular women was explained in an Instagram post which said: "The Duchess chose a diverse selection of women from all walks of life, each driving impact and raising the bar for equality, kindness, justice and open mindedness."
Including the likes of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Swedish climate change activits Greta Thunberg and Laverne Fox, a transgender actor and LGBTQ+ campaigner, the issue also includes exclusive essays, columns and interviews from the cover stars and beyond, as well as highlighting grassroots organisations "and incredible trailblazers working tirelessly behind the scenes to change the world for the better."
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