Meghan Markle Returns To Work After Maternity Leave, Launches Charity Clothing Collection

The Duchess of Sussex with Amy Pickerill in February

Earlier today, the Duchess shared behind-the-scenes photographs of her dropping in on her Smart Works clients during a photoshoot for the capsule collection, to the Sussex Royal Instagram page.

Meghan Markle made her return to work Thursday after maternity leave, launching her capsule collection with Smart Works charity The Smart Set.

She also was wearing gorgeous butterfly earrings with a special meaning - they once belonged to the late Princess Diana. "Now, one year later, I am excited to celebrate the launch of another initiative of women supporting women, and communities working together for the greater good", she said in a statement.

The Duchess's fashion line was created to benefit Smart Works, her patronage that helps underprivileged women prepare for the job market.

She also thanked the four brands involved for "placing goal over profit and community over competition" while taking part in "this special project".

The collection's minimalist aesthetic reflects the personal style of a woman who wore a black trouser suit rather than a gown to her first official evening engagement with Prince Harry and sparked a frenzy for Nonoo's "Husband" classic white shirt when she wore one to the Invictus Games in 2017. The charity provides unemployed women with free clothes and job interview training.

Meghan is its patron and has a long-standing commitment to supporting women's empowerment.

Meghan Markle is helping women get back to their "9 to 5s".

The collection, which includes a shirt, trousers, blazer, dress and tote bag in multiple colors, ranges in price from £19.50 for a shift dress from Marks & Spencer to £199 for a blazer by Jigsaw. "And that shows the kind of person that she is".

For the occasion, Markle arrived in pieces from the collection, including a pair of black Jigsaw pants and a white Misha Nonoo button-down shirt.

Misha Nonoo, one of Meghan's close friends, is the fourth brand coming on board and as fans of the Duchess will know, she regularly wears Misha's designs, most notably for one of her first public appearances with Prince Harry.

Meghan chose Smart Works as the first charity she visited after announcing her first four royal patronages in January.

"I've got to get back to the baby, it's feed time", she told a group of women, referencing her 5-month-old son, Archie. - 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 hard times, Smart Works provides invaluable support in these women's return to employment and towards transforming their lives.

Apart from a quick weekend trip to New York City to cheer on her pal Serena Williams in the U.S. Open, Markle has barely spent any time away from her little guy.



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