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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.