Meghan Markle Reportedly Returns to Her Royal Duties after Taking Maternity Leave for Baby Archie
Meghan Markle has announced that she will be resuming her royal duties with the launch of a capsule collection of clothes for one of her royal patronages.
Since giving birth to her son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, on May 6, Meghan Markle is set to resume her royal engagements this month. She will officially mark the end of her maternity leave with the launch of a capsule collection of women’s work wear for her one of her patronages, "Smart Works."
"Smart Works" helps to assist women who are joining the workforce by coaching them for job interviews, providing them with clothes to wear for their interviews and providing additional clothing until they get their first paycheck. Speaking on the charity Markle says:
"The reason I was drawn to Smart Works is that it reframes the idea of charity as community, which, for me, is incredibly important: it's a network of women supporting and empowering other women in their professional pursuits."
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Happy Fashion Friday ✨✨ . . Did you know that about 30% of our Smart Works Wardrobe comes from donations from kind individuals? . . The office was buzzing this week when we received the most beautiful edit of high quality, stylish items for our clients. . . From statement coats in soft pastels, to stripy shirts in practical cotton, we are so grateful to the thought that has gone into picking each piece. . . At Smart Works, we only want the very best for our clients and we feel incredibly lucky to have supporters that help us to provide the very best service possible by sending us truly wonderful pieces. . . A big thanks to @angiesmithstyle for sending us this beautiful edit that will leave our clients looking and feeling the part and ready to go out and get that job. . . #FashionFriday #SmartSupporter #gettheclothes #gettheconfidence #getthejob
The capsule collection is an initiative aimed at creating pieces that are stylish and a better fit for the women collecting the donations. Wanting women to walk into their interviews feeling confident and inspired Markle's vision is explained:
"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."
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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
Markle has partnered with John Lewis & Partners, Marks & Spencer, Jigsaw and designer Mischa Nonoo. The collection will incorporate the one-for-one model in which, for every item purchased, one will be donated to "Smart Works."
Speaking about the collection Nonoo mentions how honoured she is to be part of the collaboration. Markle and Nonoo have be friends for many years, knowing each other before she married into the royal family. Nonoo was even a guest and Markle’s wedding and her baby shower.
The collection will be released a day before London Fashion Week, on September 12. It is reported, the Duchess of Sussex will speak more about the work being done at "Smart Works." She will also deliver a speech and hold a panel discussion with invited guests.