Meghan Markle's Maternity Leave Has Allegedly Ended, She Will Launch a Women's Workwear Collection
Meghan Markle’s maternity leave is reportedly coming to an end as the Duchess of Sussex is set to launch her new fashion collection for charity next week.
According to Daily Mail, Buckingham Palace confirmed that Meghan would attend the September 12 launch event, marking her first official work engagement since welcoming her and Prince Harry’s son Archie in May.
Meghan collaborated with several designers to create a capsule collection of women’s workwear that will benefit her patronage, Smart Works.
In January, Meghan became the royal patron of Smart Works, a charity that helps mostly disadvantaged women with appropriate clothing and coaching tips for job interviews.
BIRTHING THE INITIATIVE
Six months later, the former actress announced her idea for a capsule collection that would help further the mission of Smart Works.
In the September issue of British Vogue which she guest-edited, Meghan noted that some of the donated outfits do not adequately meet the needs of their clients.
She wrote, per PEOPLE:
“To help with this, I asked Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, Jigsaw and my friends, the designer Mischa Nonoo if they were willing to design a capsule collection of more classic options for a workwear wardrobe.”
Duchess Meghan has revealed she has partnered with @marksandspencer, @jlandpartners, @Jigsaw and friend @mishanonoo to launch a capsule collection of workwear to benefit @SmartWorksHQ, the nationwide charity that helps unemployed and vulnerable women back into the workplace. pic.twitter.com/RUgpLTHKPf— Omid Scobie (@scobie) July 30, 2019
Not only were Meghan’s designer buddies interested, but they also agreed to donate an item from the collection to Smart Works for each one that is purchased.
“Not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story, it reminds us we are in it together,” the duchess added.
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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
MORE LAUNCH DETAILS
Items in the capsule collection will reportedly include workwear essentials like shirts, trousers, blazers, dresses, and bags. They will be unveiled to the public on Thursday, September 12 which, as noted by Harper’s Bazaar, is a day before the London Fashion Week commences.
According to the publication, a statement from the Palace also outlines some of the duties Meghan will carry out at the launch, including giving a speech and attending a panel discussion with Smart Works’ reps.
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We have had the most incredible day and are so honoured by today’s announcement that HRH The Duchess of Sussex is our Royal Patron. One of our clients, Sarah met with The Duchess on the visit and said “It was such a beautiful experience. I love colour and they found clothes that really represented me. It made me feel like myself again. ” Ashwak, another Smart Works client said “I got so much confidence from talking to a coach and getting that hands-on advice. She told me I had everything there; it was just a matter of reminding myself”. The Duchess’s patronage will help to raise the profile of our 7 Smart Works centres across the UK. With her support, we are thrilled to be able to show how our service can change the course of a woman’s life. We hope The Duchess will continue to see the day to day activities at Smart Works, helping to dress and coach unemployed women for their job interviews. 📸@reuters @clodagh_mckenna
A BRIEF LOOK AT THE PROJECT
Last month, Meghan gave the public a sneak peek into the initiative’s progress. In a clip posted to her and Harry’s Instagram, the royal mom makes a surprise appearance at a photoshoot for the collection.
The Duchess of Sussex was also seen taking part in some behind-the-scene work, including styling several women and clapping with glee as she checked out some of the finished work on a computer.
A BUSY MATERNITY BREAK
Although Meghan has been on maternity leave since giving birth to son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor on May 6, she has made several appearances in the time since then.
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This evening, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended #TheLionKing European premiere in London at the Odeon Theatre. In celebration of the film’s release, The Walt Disney Company announced #ProtectThePride, a global conservation campaign to support efforts protecting the rapidly diminishing lion population across Africa. As a part of their commitment to this cause, Disney also made a donation to The Duke of Sussex’s upcoming environment & community initiative which will be formally announced this autumn. The Duke and Duchess are committed to advancing conservation efforts across Africa and around the world, and working with communities to ensure a sustainable future for the planet. This evening Their Royal Highnesses had the pleasure of meeting the cast and creative team behind the film, as well as supporters of @africanparksnetwork, of which The Duke is President. Photo credit: PA images / Getty images - Chris Jackson
The 38-year-old was at Trooping the Colour with other members of the Royal family to celebrate the Queen’s birthday in June, watched a few Wimbledon games in July, and even shared a moment with Beyoncé when she and Harry attended the London premiere of “The Lion King.”