Meghan Markle Did The Most Relatable Thing At Capsule Collection Launch
By Emily Lee
September 12, 2019
Meghan Markle is officially back to work after taking maternity leave this summer. The Duchess of Sussex's first official appearance since welcoming baby Archie was at the launch of her Smart Works clothing collection. Meghan partnered up with a number of retailers including Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Jigsaw and designer Misha Nonoo, to bring the Smart Works capsule collection to life. The line, which is full of workwear wardrobe staples, will benefit Smart Works with every purchase. For each item purchased, one will be donated to the charity, which helps dress and coach women while they search for employment.
Not only did Meghan wear items from the collection herself to the launch, she also made a speech about why this project means so much to her. She told the audience she hopes this project helps build a community of women supporting other women. She also encouraged onlookers to help build each other up in all aspects in life, instead of tearing each other down.
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Introducing the new Smart Works collection, #TheSmartSet Over the last year, The Duchess of Sussex and @SmartWorksCharity have come together to launch a very special initiative. Following numerous visits to the charity, The Duchess, who is patron of Smart Works, noticed an underlying issue... while the donations were plentiful, the right sizes and classic wardrobe staples were not always available. Since then - having partnered with leading British fashion designers @InsideJigsaw, @JohnLewisandPartners, @MarksandSpencer and @MishaNonoo - The Duchess has championed the launch of a new Smart Works capsule collection that will help properly equip these women for their next chapter. • “When you buy any item in the Smart Set Capsule Collection for Smart Works, the same item will be given to a Smart Works client, and with it, the confidence and support she needs to enter the workforce and take an important step in building a career.” - The Duchess of Sussex Created in September 2013 with the goal to help unemployed women regain the confidence that may have been blurred during more difficult times, Smart Works provides invaluable support in these women’s return to employment and towards transforming their lives. Not only do they supply complete outfits for job interviews, Smart Works provides access to one-to-one interview training and the opportunity to join Smart Works Network, meeting every month to further their professional and personal development. #TheSmartSet collection – that features a shirt, trousers, blazer, dress and bag – will be on sale for two weeks starting today. Please support the women of Smart Works by purchasing one of the pieces and being part of another woman’s success story. Video ©️ SussexRoyal / Photo ©️ @JennyZarins
This message was clearly well received. When Meghan had to leave the event a bit early to feed baby Archie, she was encouraged to get back to her 4-month-old son. Royal reporter Roya Nikkah captured the sweet moment in a tweet, saying Meghan told the women "I've got to get back to the baby, It's feed time." New moms everywhere will relate to Meghan's desire to get back to her son, especially after just spending her first weekend away from him to cheer on Serena Williams at the U.S. Open.
“I’ve got to get back to the baby, it’s feed time.” Meghan chatting to a group of women who have been helped back into employment by @SmartWorksHQ and are wearing some of The Smart Set capsule collection launched today #smartworks pic.twitter.com/00mfLPzpcr— Roya Nikkhah (@RoyaNikkhah) September 12, 2019
Though Archie hasn't made any official public appearances with his parents since right after he was born, royal watchers speculate Meghan and Prince Harry will bring him to some of their events during their upcoming tour of South Africa.