Duchess of Sussex tops Tatler list of ‘A-list ascents’

The Duchess of Sussex has topped Tatler's list of social risers.

Meghan has reached "the pinnacle of the greasy pole", according to the society magazine.

She trumps Commons Speaker John Bercow MP, who is at number two on the list, and model Jerry Hall, who came third.

Describing the duchess's "A-list ascent", Tatler said: "Not quite a rags-to-riches tale (she was privately educated and her scapegrace father won an Emmy for lighting direction) but the Ralph & Russo-clad beacon of change has found a role that suits her to perfection: a tungsten toughie to drag the royal family into the 21st century."

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Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex and Serenas mother Oracene Price look on after Serena Williams tost to Bianca Andreescu of Canada during the Women's Singles Finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 7, 2019. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex and Serena's mother Oracene Price look on after Serena Williams lost to Bianca Andreescu of Canada during the Women's Singles Finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 7, 2019. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
2019 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Thirteen. Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex watching Serena Williams of the United States losing to Bianca Andreescu of Canada in her team box with Alexis Ohanian, husband of Serena Williams and Oracene Price. mother of Serena Williams in the Women's Singles Final on Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7th, 2019 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)"n
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Anna Wintour, Venus Williams, coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Alexis Ohanian, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, cheer for Serena Williams of the United States during her Women's Singles final match against Bianca Andreescu of Canada on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex watches Serena Williams of the US against Bianca Andreescu of Canada during the Women's Singles Finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 7, 2019. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex watches Serena Williams of the US against Bianca Andreescu of Canada during the Women's Singles Finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 7, 2019. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attends the Women's Singles final match between Serena Williams of the United States and Bianca Andreescu of Canada on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: (L-R) Alexis Ohanian, entrepreneur and husband of Serena Williams, embraces Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, before the Women's Singles final match between Serena Williams of the United States and Bianca Andreescu of Canada on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Meghan (R), Duchess of Sussex, and Anna Wintour (L) attend the Women's Singles final match between Serena Williams of the United States and Bianca Andreescu of Canada on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attends the Women's Singles final match between Serena Williams of the United States and Bianca Andreescu of Canada on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex watches Serena Williams of the US against Bianca Andreescu of Canada during the Women's Singles Finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 7, 2019. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex watches Serena Williams of the US against Bianca Andreescu of Canada during the Women's Singles Finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 7, 2019. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex and Serena's mother Oracene Price look on after Serena Williams lost to Bianca Andreescu of Canada during the Women's Singles Finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 7, 2019. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
Serena Williams of the US reacts to a point during her match against Bianca Andreescu of Canada during their women's singles finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center September 7, 2019 in New York. (Photo by Don Emmert / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Bianca Andreescu of Canada (R) and Serena Williams of the US (L) react during the awards ceremony after their women's singles finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center September 7, 2019 in New York. (Photo by Don Emmert / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Bianca Andreescu of Canada reacts as she wins against Serena Williams of the US during the Women's Singles Finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 7, 2019. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
2019 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Thirteen. Bianca Andreescu of Canada with the winners trophy after her victory against Serena Williams of the United States in the Women's Singles Final on Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7th, 2019 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Bianca Andreescu of Canada celebrates a point during her Women's Singles finals match against Serena Williams of trhe United States on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Chaz Niell/Getty Images)
2019 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Thirteen. Bianca Andreescu of Canada hugs her coach Sylvain Bruneau after her victory against Serena Williams of the United States in the Women's Singles Final on Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7th, 2019 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
Serena Williams of the US after reacts after loosing against Bianca Andreescu of Canadaduring the Women's Singles Finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 7, 2019. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Bianca Andreescu of Canada poses with the trophy after she won against Serena Williams of the US after the Women's Singles Finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 7, 2019. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Bianca Andreescu of Canada celebrates winning the Women's Singles final match against Serena Williams of the United States on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Bianca Andreescu of Canada poses with her trophy after she won against Serena Williams of the US after the Women's Singles Finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 7, 2019. (Photo by Don Emmert / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Bianca Andreescu (R) of Canada is congratulated on her win by Serena Williams (R) of the United States during the trophy presentation ceremony after the Women's Singles final on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Serena Williams of the United States looks on after being defeated during her Women's Singles final match against Bianca Andreescu of Canada on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Of Mr Bercow, the magazine said: "Notoriously fond of taxis, perhaps because his dad drove one. Now so great (if not so good), some wonder if he'll ever relinquish his Commons Speakership."

Hall is hailed for her rise from the daughter of an alcoholic Texan trucker to partner of Bryan Ferry and Mick Jagger, saying this was capped by marrying billionaire media magnate Rupert Murdoch.

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Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall (Ian West/PA)

Other notable figures on the list include Turner Prize-winning artist Keith Tyson, who married Murdoch's daughter Elizabeth and new John Lewis chairwoman Sharon White.

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