Laverne Cox Talked About Her Surprise Phone Call From Meghan Markle After Her 'British Vogue' Cover Shoot

"I did tell her I had been a fan of 'Suits' since the beginning," Laverne said.

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Laverne Cox became the first trans cover star of British Vogue when she appeared in the magazine's recently debuted September issue. What she didn't know, however, was just who'd selected her for the cover—one Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, who guest-edited the issue. In fact, Laverne found out not long before the rest of us did, she told People, when a phone call with editor-in-chief Edward Enninful became a chat with the Duchess herself.

"I did not find that out until last week," she said. "Edward Enninful called me at 9:30 in the morning and he’s like, 'I have someone on the phone for you,' and it was the Duchess of Sussex." Unsurprisingly, Laverne said Meghan was "so lovely," adding, "She just thanked me for being an inspiration and to keep it up."

Becoming a Vogue cover star was "a dream come true," Laverne told People. "It’s been one of my biggest dreams and here it is." According to British Vogue, "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"—and who better for that brief than actor, producer, and LGBTQIA+ advocate Laverne Cox?

Laverne also highlighted Meghan's own vital role as a "force for change." "She has been such a huge inspiration for so many of us," she said. "Yes, as an African American member of the royal family, but I think a lot about Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, and what she meant to so many people. She wanted to help and be of service to the world—it feels like Prince Harry chose a partner who embodies so much of what his mother stood for. Certainly the Duchess is her own person, but I think about what it means to be of service. I feel like that’s what she feels called to do. And I think that’s a beautiful thing."

Here's a final sweet tidbit Laverne shared with People. She's been a fan of Meghan's long before she was a Duchess, as a keen viewer of Suits, in which Meghan played Rachel Zane. "I did tell her I had been a fan of Suits since the beginning—I had been a fan of hers since then. I just loved her on the show," Laverne told People. "She just said, 'Awww.' She seemed surprised." Cute! 

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Emily Dixon
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Emily Dixon is a British journalist who’s contributed to CNN, Teen Vogue, Time, Glamour, The Guardian, Wonderland, The Big Roundtable, Bust, and more, on everything from mental health to fashion to political activism to feminist zine collectives. She’s also a committed Beyoncé, Kacey Musgraves, and Tracee Ellis Ross fan, an enthusiastic but terrible ballet dancer, and a proud Geordie lass.