Campaigners have criticized the decision to be a imprisoned women's rights activist and & # 39; friend & # 39; from the Duchess of Sussex to leave her & # 39; trailblazers & # 39; list for Vogue Magazine.
Human Rights Watch said it & # 39; pity & # 39; was like Loujain al-Hathloul for & # 39; political reasons & # 39; was omitted because its captors, Saudi Arabia, are an ally of the UK.
As a member of the royal family, Meghan cannot say anything that is too political.
But almost three years ago, she and Mrs. al-Hathloul, 29, appeared together in a Vanity Fair photo shoot when they were honored for their humanitarian work at the One Young World Summit in Canada.
Meghan, pictured left with baby Archie, was asked why she was friend and women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul, right, not in her list of & # 39; pioneers & # 39; for Vogue
Mrs. al-Hathloul, pictured, was thrown into prison in May 2018 for & # 39; promoting women's rights & # 39; in the desert kingdom and reportedly & # 39; has been tortured & # 39; in & # 39; confess to conspiring with the enemies of the land & # 39;
The Duchess, who had met Prince Harry just three months earlier, praised delegates for speaking out against human rights violations, environmental crises, gender equality, discrimination and injustice. They are the change & # 39 ;.
The Ottawa conference also included actress Emma Watson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Cher.
But since they met during the October 2016 event, the lives of the two women have followed very different paths.
While Meghan got married and had her first child with Prince Harry, in May 2018, Mrs. Al-Hathloul was thrown behind bars in Saudi Arabia to promote women's rights in the desert kingdom – especially the right of women to drive and a put an end to the country's restrictive male guardianship system
It has since been claimed that she is regularly beaten, beaten and tortured in an & # 39; palace of terror & # 39 ;.
Human Rights Watch said it hoped that Mrs. al-Hathloul was not excluded due to & # 39; political & # 39; reasons because Saudi Arabia is an ally of the UK
Her brother Walid al-Hathloul said that during a visit to the prison where she was detained, Mrs. Al-Hathloul said she was tortured with electric shocks and sexually harassed.
She is now faced with 20 years of imprisonment after allegedly conspiring to co-op with enemies of Saudi Arabia.
The Duchess of Sussex is the guest editor of British Vogue in September and has brought her 15 most inspiring women together for a string cover.
These included the campaigner for climate change Greta Thunberg, actress Jameela Jamil and the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden.
But Adam Coogle from Human Rights Watch said: “Every list of pioneering women, or women who have pushed boundaries, courageously advocates for raising freedoms with a significant risk to themselves and their own safety and well-being, should take all given Saudi activists everything they have experienced, and everything that has happened to them.
& # 39; Loujain would probably be the best known of them and what makes it even more sad is that Meghan also knows her.
& # 39; If certain people are omitted from Meghan's list for political reasons, this compromises the integrity and purpose of such a list. You can recognize pioneering women, but only if they happen to be in line with UK foreign policy.
The Duchess of Sussex is the guest editor of the September issue of British Vogue and is shown here with editor Edward Enninful who chooses the line-up of women she admires & # 39;
Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, actress Jameela Jamil and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden are on the list. Shown is the front
& # 39; I would definitely say that Loujain deserves recognition as a pioneering woman and a brave woman. I'm not sure if many women on the list will have experienced what Loujain has in the field of abuse. & # 39;
MailOnline has contacted Vogue for comments.
Samar Badawi is also detained with Mrs. al-Hathloul and once received an International Woman of Courage Award in the White House of former First Lady, Michelle Obama.
Saudi Arabia later broke off diplomatic relations with Canada after his foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, called for the release of Badawi.
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