Never-Before-Seen Photos Shared of Meghan Markle's Visits to Smart Works Women's Charity during Her Pregnancy

Meghan Markle shared new photos taken while she was pregnant as she announced her new project with four top brands and their connection to Smart Works Charity. 

There was a lot in the making for the Duchess of Sussex throughout this year  — and we're not just talking about the bun in the oven which the whole world knew of. She also became the first-ever guest editor-in-chief of the fashion Bible, Vogue.

Behind the scenes, Markle was not only collaborating with British Vogue for their September issue, but she also had something in the works for her patronage, Smart Works Charity. The post is found below.

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To watch the full #ForcesForChange video for the September Issue of @BritishVogue, guest edited by The Duchess of Sussex, please visit our IGTV. Her Royal Highness is the first Guest Editor for British Vogue’s September Issue and for the last seven months has worked to create an issue of inclusivity and inspiration, focusing on what connects us rather than what divides us. Fifteen women were chosen for the cover including New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who generously lent her time to support The Duchess in this important issue. The women first met last autumn during Their Royal Highness’ official tour of New Zealand. Above, PM Ardern says: “One change that I’ve noticed over the course of my career, is just how polarised the world is now. I do think there is a solution to that though, and that’s ultimately us coming back to the humanity that we all share." Thank you PM Ardern for being an amazing force for change. For more details on this special project, please see previous post and stay tuned for more updates throughout the week.

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In the post, the Sussex family spoke of "quiet visits to Smartworks," which is a non-profit organization, made in the past year.

The duchess was inspired by the assistance given to lower-class women to provide them with skills and clothing needed to land new jobs. 

Markle's concern was outlined as a mismatch between the items and colors needed for jobs that the women would be interviewed for. The wardrobe "wasn’t always the right stylistic choices or sizes" required "to make a woman feel confident and inspired," she explained.

The duchess has thus stepped in and pulled together "four generous brands who share the vision to empower the women of Smart Works to look and feel 100." In part of her Vogue publication, Markle called it a form of "charity as community." 

The post continued: 

"They will follow the 1:1 model where an item from the collection purchased is an item shared with a woman of Smart Works because “not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story; it reminds us we are in it together.”

Meghan Markle attends the UK Premiere of "The Lion King" in July 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

Meghan Markle attends the UK Premiere of "The Lion King" in July 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

The post went onto inform readers of how they might assist with the project by tagging the Smart Works page, it also paid thanks to brands John Lewis and Partners, Marks & Spender, Misha NoNoo, and Jigsaw who will make the donations. 

Along with the post were five photos taken during the duchess' various visits to the charity. Most showed the 37-year-old in a loose Courreges William Vintage coat as she interacted with the women. In one of them, she sweetly rested her hand on her tummy. 

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We are proud to announce that Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex is the Guest Editor for the September issue of @BritishVogue. For the past seven months, The Duchess has curated the content with British Vogue's Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful to create an issue that highlights the power of the collective. They have named the issue: “Forces for Change” For the cover, 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. The sixteenth space on the cover, a mirror, was included so that when you hold the issue in your hands, you see yourself as part of this collective. The women on the cover include: @AdwoaAboah @AdutAkech @SomaliBoxer @JacindaArdern @TheSineadBurke @Gemma_Chan @LaverneCox @JaneFonda @SalmaHayek @FrankieGoesToHayward @JameelaJamilOfficial @Chimamanda_Adichie @YaraShahidi @GretaThunberg @CTurlington We are excited to announce that within the issue you’ll find: an exclusive interview between The Duchess and former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, a candid conversation between The Duke of Sussex and Dr Jane Goodall, inspirational articles written by Brené Brown, Jameela Jamil and many others. Equally, you’ll find grassroots organisations and incredible trailblazers working tirelessly behind the scenes to change the world for the better. • “Guest Editing the September issue of British Vogue has been rewarding, educational and inspiring. To deep dive into this process, working quietly behind the scenes for so many months, I am happy to now be able to share what we have created. A huge thanks to all of the friends who supported me in this endeavour, lending their time and energy to help within these pages and on the cover. Thank you for saying “Yes!” - and to Edward, thank you for this wonderful opportunity.” - The Duchess of Sussex #ForcesForChange

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The last picture, however, featured Markle in a tight sleeveless dress with her hands hugging a large stomach. She smiled as she spoke to another woman. The duchess would go on to give birth to Archie Harrison on May 6. Her work while pregnant did not go unnoticed.

In the comment section, many praised the royal for doing it all while she was expecting. One person deemed her "a true American princess." Another focused on the goodness that would come out of the duchess' work with the patronage. 

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Spotlight on: Smart Works We are proud to be supporting a very special initiative this autumn for @SmartWorksCharity! After quiet visits to Smartworks over the last year, The Duchess was moved by the impactful work being done by this non profit organisation that helps women into the workforce, equipping them with both the skills and clothes they need to feel job-ready. Throughout her visits she noticed that while the donations were plentiful, they were also notably a combination of mismatched items and colours which weren’t always the right stylistic choices or sizes that didn’t necessarily “suit” the job at hand: to make a woman feel confident and inspired as she walked into her job interview. As a result, launching this autumn, The Duchess will be supporting a collective to help equip the women of Smart Works with the key workwear essentials they need as they enter into the workplace. This initiative is supported by four generous brands who share the vision to empower the women of Smart Works to look and feel 💯 as they bravely venture in to what can often be a daunting environment for those who have been out of the job market. The brands have come together to work towards this united force for good, “[reframing] the idea of charity as community,” as The Duchess writes in a piece for this month’s British Vogue. They will follow the 1:1 model where an item from the collection purchased is an item shared with a woman of Smart Works because “not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story; it reminds us we are in it together.” For more information on how you can be part of another woman’s success story visit @smartworkscharity. Special thanks to: @JohnLewisandPartners, @MarksandSpencer, @MishaNonoo, @InsideJigsaw for supporting this very special organisation. And to find out more, read the September issue of @BritishVogue and stay tuned for more exciting updates this autumn. Photo©️SussexRoyal

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Markle is also being commended for steering Vogue magazine's September issue in a unique direction this year. The "Forces for Change" issue features 15 trailblazing women on its cover, and some of them were hand-picked by the duchess herself. 

The new mother opted to showcase these women and their causes, as opposed to appearing on the cover herself, for the special issue which will be released on August 2. The cover also features a reflective rectangle which is meant to encourage readers to look within and make changes in their community. 

Another never-before-seen photo of Markle is featured within the magazine's pages. Again, it showed the duchess during a Smart Works visit wearing the same white dress as in the last picture of her recent post. 

In her Vogue reveal post, Markle talked about the "strength of the collective in the diverse selection of women chosen for the cover." Among them are actress Jane Fonda, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and climate activist Greta Thunberg.

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