It’s been four months since Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry welcomed baby Archie into the world and while that might not seem like a lengthy maternity leave, Meghan is ready to get back to work — and is ready to start back now. (OK, technically, next week.)
For Meghan’s first official post-Archie engagement, People reports the Duchess of Sussex joins her pal, Misha Nonoo on Thursday, September 12, as the two women launch their workwear collection that will benefit Smart Works, one of Meg’s beloved charities that helps women looking for work prepare for job interviews by providing coaching tips and dressing them professionally. For every sale made from their collection, an item will be donated to Smart Works.
“When you walk into a Smart Works space you’re met with racks of clothing and an array of bags and shoes,” Meghan wrote in the September issue of British Vogue. “Sometimes, however, it can be a potpourri of mismatched sizes and colors, not always the right stylistic choices or range of sizes.” Meghan added that along with Nonoo, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, and Jigsaw would “design a capsule collection of more classic options for a workwear wardrobe,” adding that the brands agreed to “use the one-for-one model: for each item purchased by a customer, one is donated to the charity.” She concluded: “Not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story, it reminds us we are in it together.”
If you happen to follow the Sussexes’ Instagram account, you’ll recall Meghan shared some footage of the project in full effect in one of her Stories. Set to Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day,” the video showed Meghan surprising a group of women as they arrived to the collection’s photo shoot. An excited Meghan greets each woman with a hug, helps style the women and directs the shoot from the sidelines.
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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
Meghan explained why she gravitated towards Smart Works, saying in Vogue, “It’s a network of women supporting and empowering other women in their professional pursuits.” And that’s something Meghan is keen to do — lift up females and let them know they can do anything they set their minds to.
Undoubtedly, her return engagement will be just the start of Meghan back on royal duty. But it’s not like she’s had her feet up and been eating bonbons all summer. Besides taking care of Archie and hanging with Harry, Meghan hasn’t totally been out of the spotlight. She attended the Trooping the Colour in June, celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s birthday with the rest of the royal family. She and Harry also made a surprise appearance at an MLB game between the Yankees and the Red Sox that took place in London. And Meg also attended Wimbledon with sister-in-law Kate and her sister, Pippa Middleton, as she cheered on her friend, Serena Williams.
There was also Archie’s christening as well as a Sussex/Cambridge get-together at Harry and William’s polo match. But who could forget when Meghan and Harry made their first public appearance since having Archie with a red carpet walk and screening of The Lion King? It was there that Meghan met Beyonce and the world may have stopped turning for that brief but glorious moment.
Changing the world one step at a time? Pfft. Meghan’s got this. We can’t wait to see what autumn has in store for her. Or perhaps what she has in store for us.
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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.