Jameela Jamil has admitted that she missed three personal phone calls from Meghan Markle because the Duchess was calling from a blocked number and the actress thought it could be a prank call.
The 33-year-old made the admission while discussing the September issue of British Vogue, which Meghan, 37, guest edited, and for which she hand-picked Jameela to appear as one of 15 influential women featured on the cover.
However that is an opportunity that the Good Place star might well have missed had it not been for the Duchess of Sussex’s persistence when it came to calling Jameela – who also shared that when the royal finally got through, her husband Prince Harry actually interrupted the call in order to say hello.
Candid: Jameela Jamil has revealed that she missed three calls from Meghan Markle about her British Vogue cover because they came from a blocked number, so she screened them
Friends: The 33-year-old confessed that when the Duchess of Sussex, 37, finally got through, Prince Harry interrupted their conversation to say hello
A big deal: Jameela is one of 15 women who were hand-picked by Meghan to appear on the cover of the September issue of British Vogue
‘It was outrageous, she phoned me herself on my mobile phone and I missed the call three times,’ Jameela told Access Hollywood of how she was asked to appear on Meghan’s Vogue cover. ‘They must have thought I was playing it cool.
‘I’m just crap at my phone.’
Jameela, who spoke to Access Hollywood while promoting the final season of her TV show The Good Place, confessed that she usually screens any calls coming from blocked numbers – before joking that she ‘didn’t presume it was going to be the royal family on the b****y phone’.
However, once Meghan got through, the actress says she had a lovely conversation with the royal that even included a guest appearance from Prince Harry.
‘At one point the Duke Harry walked in during the phone call and he said hello on the phone,’ she recalled, before adding: It was all very surreal.’
Jameela had nothing but the highest of praise for the royal couple, describing them both as ‘very kind, smart, funny people’.
That feeling is clearly mutual as far as Meghan is concerned; according to Jameela, the royal couldn’t stop gushing over the star’s work as an activist, and even revealed to the actress that she ‘specifically asked for her to write the open editorial’ for the issue.
‘She called me and told me how much she is invested in my work, in advocacy for women and she was naming back things that I’ve done,’ added Jameela, who has long been an outspoken campaigner for body positivity and equal rights, even launching her own social media campaign, I Weigh, which encourages people of all ages and sizes to value and appreciate their self-worth.
Warm: Jameela spoke about the phone call while promoting her show The Good Place, and she was full of praise for both Meghan and Harry
Special: ‘They’re very kind, smart, funny people,’ Jameela said of Meghan and Harry
Her eye: Megan, 37, guest-edited the issue and spotlighted women she believes are making a positive impact in the world
This latest interview is not the first time that Jameela has sung the praises of the Duchess; in an interview with Grazia, the actress revealed that she didn’t actually know the September Vogue was being edited by the royal, until they spoke on the phone and Meghan apologized for the amount of secrecy surrounding the issue.
Jameela recalled: ‘[Meghan] explained that she’d guest-edited the issue, and apologized that the whole thing had been shrouded in so much secrecy…
‘I had never met her before but we chatted openly. She told me how important gender equality was to her.’
Jameela added that the Duchess was ‘warm, kind and actually very LOLs’, explaining that they’d shared a joke about her role on The Good Place, as Meghan had thanked the star for introducing her to her husband.
Last month she also gushed about the honor and how proud she was to be singled out by the Duchess, telling the Today show: ‘I b****y love her. I think she’s fantastic.’
Jameela, who has been an outspoken advocate for body positivity, diversity, and having healthy attitudes about food and eating, was thrilled to be personally chosen by Meghan to appear in the special issue.
She was also excited to speak to the woman herself.
‘It was an incredible honor to get to talk to her over the phone,’ she said. ‘She’s very gracious and kind and warm and intelligent. So I think I’ll probably never forget this as long as I live.’
Speaking with Meghan and being recognized her was one thing. But for Jameela, it was also an incredible privilege to nab a Vogue cover — and the September issue, no less.
Thrilled: Jameela, pictured left in 2011 and right in 2019, said when she was a teen model she’d ‘starve herself thinking that would bring me success or something like a cover of Vogue’
Mutual fans: Previously, the @sussexroyal account had spotlighted Jameela’s ‘I Weigh’ campaign on Instagram and followed the account for it
‘I remember being a teenage model when I was 15 starving myself thinking that would bring me success or something like a cover of Vogue,’ she said.
‘And it’s so amazing to find myself, 20 years later, and 30lbs. heavier, actually being on the cover.
Jameela has had complimentary things to say about the Duchess of Sussex in the past — and vice versa.
In May, the official @sussexroyal Instagram account shared by Meghan and Prince Harry followed Jameela’s body-positive ‘I weigh’ campaign on the social media platform.
At the time, they chose @i_weigh as one of 16 mental health positivity accounts to promote, writing: ‘May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the US and May 13-19 is Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK.
‘To pay tribute to all of the incredible work people across the globe are doing in this space, we are hoping to shine a light on several Instagram accounts that promote mental well-being, mental fitness, body positivity, self-care, and the importance of human connection — to not just hear each other, but to listen.’
Jameela was thrilled, writing on Twitter and Instagram that it was ‘wild’ and ‘such an honor!’
That same month, she gushed even more to Life & Style.
‘I love Meghan Markle so much,’ she said.
‘She’s such a breath of fresh air and she had to overcome so much racism and so much classism when she was entering the royal family, just because she happened to fall in love with a man who’s in that family.
‘I think she’s really going to revolutionize things,’ she went on. ‘And I think Harry’s great. I’ve always been a massive fan of his and so I think together they’re amazing.’