Jameela Jamil has described the Duchess of Sussex as “warm, kind and actually very LOLs” after being chosen as one of her cover stars for the September issue of British Vogue.
The 33-year-old actress told Grazia magazine she was only told late in the production of the style bible that Meghan was guest editor.
She received a phone call from the royal just before it was announced that she had joined the magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful in creating the latest edition of the magazine.
Jamil said Meghan joked with her, thanking her for introducing her to husband Harry in a reference to the actress’ character Tahani in E4 TV show The Good Place, who claims in an episode to have been the couple’s matchmaker.
The body positivity activist, who created the movement I Weigh, said she had not been told British Vogue was being guest edited, but received a surprise call from the duchess.
She said: “Meghan called me herself, I missed the call three times before I finally answered, I wanted to punch myself.
“She explained that she’d guest edited the issue, and apologised that the whole thing had been shrouded in so much secrecy.”
Jamil, who rose to fame as a Channel 4 youth presenter, was chosen to be featured in the magazine because she “was a fan”.
“To know that she had followed my work with I Weigh meant a lot,” she continued.
Describing her impression of Meghan, who gave birth to son Archie in May, she said: “Warm, kind and actually very LOLs.”
Jamil’s fellow cover star Hollywood actress Gemma Chan said the royal had also telephoned her personally.
Speaking on Monday’s episode of the BBC’s The One Show, Chan, who is famed for box office hit Crazy Rich Asians, said: “I didn’t actually know that she was involved until the day before, and I got a voicemail message from her.”
The 36-year-old said “what incredible company to be in, it’s such an honour” about the magazine’s cover, which features 14 other women including actress Jane Fonda and climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg.