Meghan Markle is the picture of elegance in ELLE France

Posing on the glossy cover of ELLE France in a denim shirt and billowing midi skirt, Meghan Markle is the picture of elegance.

However, mixed raced Meghan’s skin appears much smoother and her freckles look a lot less visible than usual, suggesting the magazine could have airbrushed them out.

Meghan has previously revealed how her ‘pet peeve’ is having her skin tone lightened and her freckles airbrushed out of photos.

The actress revealed to Allure the difficulties she’s faced in the industry due to her ‘ethnically ambiguous’ appearance.

Newly engaged Meghan Markle is the picture of elegance as she poses on the cover of ELLE France's December 2017 issue but her freckles appear to be missing

Newly engaged Meghan Markle is the picture of elegance as she poses on the cover of ELLE France’s issue but her freckles appear to be missing

Speaking of casting directors attitudes to her, she said: ‘Was I Latina? Sephardic? ‘Exotic Caucasian’?’ she said. ‘Add the freckles to the mix and it created quite the conundrum.’

Meghan, who stars in popular US drama Suits, was born to an African-American mother and Caucasian father.

The United Nations Women’s advocate gave advice to young ‘freckle-faced friends out there’ who might be struggling to embrace their identity to listen to the advice she received from her father: ‘A face without freckles is a night without stars.’’

Growing up, Meghan says she remembers being seven years old and her mother picking her up from her grandmother’s house.

Meghan's skin appears much smoother and her freckles look a lot less obvious, suggesting the magazine could have airbrushed them out

Meghan’s skin appears much smoother and her freckles look a lot less obvious, suggesting the magazine could have airbrushed them out

Meghan's freckles are clear in this image from fashion week back in 2015

Meghan’s freckles are clear in this image from fashion week back in 2015

She told Allure: ‘There were the three of us, a family tree in an ombré of mocha next to the caramel complexion of my mom and light-skinned, freckled me.

‘I remember the sense of belonging, having nothing to do with the color of my skin.’

It was only as she got older and left home to attend classes at Northwestern where they explored colourism that she discovered for the first time a name to feeling ‘too light in the black community, too mixed in the white community.’

MailOnline has contacted ELLE France and is awaiting comment.

The image, which was shot before she announced her engagement to the royal, sees the Suits star donning a denim skirt and white midi skirt.

Her brunette locks are pulled back into a chic bun and she accessorised with dazzling chandelier earrings for the December issue.

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