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."
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."
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.