Jameela Jamil was among the contributors to the recent issue of British Vogue guest-edited by Meghan Markle, and the star of Global‘s “The Good Place” details the telephone conversation she had with the Duchess of Sussex when she called “out of the blue.”
Jamil, who appears on the cover of Vogue‘s “Forces of Change” issue, tells Grazia that she had no idea that Markle was guest-editing that issue when she was approached to write an essay about gender equality and societal expectations placed upon women.
“We weren’t told there was a guest editor, and definitely not that it was Meghan,” says Jamil, who reveals she found out when Markle contacted her personally.
“Meghan called me herself,” Jamil tells Grazia. “I missed the call three times before I finally answered. I wanted to punch myself!”
As Jamil explains, Markle had become aware of her I Weigh movement, in which she’s striving to change the narrative about how women’s bodies are discussed.
“She explained that she’d guest-edited the issue, and apologized that the whole thing had been shrouded in so much secrecy,” says Jamil. “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 had followed my work with I Weigh meant a lot.”
While the call was unexpected, Jamil reports that Markle was “warm, kind and actually very LOLs.”
“I had never met her before, but we chatted very openly. She told me how important gender equality was to her.”
Markle also revealed herself to be a fan of Jamil’s TV show, and even referenced a joke from the show, when Jamil’s character, Tahani, claimed to have introduced Markle to Prince Harry.
“She said she loved ‘The Good Place’,” Jamil says. “I then felt immediately embarrassed that she had seen me joke about her on the show… She said she’s grateful to Tahani for introducing her to Harry. I just replied, ‘You’re welcome.'”