– Meghan Markle will launch her charitable collection of work apparel next Thursday, September 12, marking the official end of her maternity leave.
– The range will benefit one of her royal patronages, Smart Works, which supports women entering the workplace with interview prep and professional clothing.
– Meghan has still worked behind the scenes after giving birth, despite pulling back from public engagements.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s return is imminent. She will lead a public work engagement in London on September 12 to launch her capsule collection benefiting one of her royal patronages, Smart Works, which assists women who are entering the workforce.
The duchess will deliver a speech, attend a panel discussion with representatives from the organization, and learn more about the guidance Smart Works clients get, from interview training to office wardrobe, according to a statement from the Palace.
The upcoming appearance will also technically mark the end of maternity leave for Meghan, who gave birth to her son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, on May 6. Her last public engagements before giving birth took place in March, but she still worked and took meetings behind the scenes. “She has also been using this period to catch up with those involved in her patronage-related endeavors,” a Palace aide previously told BAZAAR.com.
Meghan’s maternity leave has been far from a break. She made occasional appearances at the Lion King premiere (where she met Beyoncé!) with Prince Harry, Wimbledon, the Yankees–Red Sox game in London, and Trooping the Colour (which is technically a family event, as it honors the queen’s birthday). She guest-edited the September 2019 issue of British Vogue too. Now, as she resumes her public royal duties, the duchess is debuting another project she’s been working on behind the scenes as a new mom.
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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 collaborated with British brands Jigsaw, John Lewis & Partners, Marks & Spencer, and Misha Nonoo to create a collection of “work wear essentials,” which includes a shirt, trousers, blazer, dress, and bag. For each piece purchased during the sale, which will last for at least two weeks, one item will be donated to Smart Works.
The launch will also highlight British high-street brands, according to royal correspondent Omid Scobie. A tote bag from John Lewis & Partners is expected to be a popular item. The timely launch of the collection takes place a day before the official start of London Fashion Week.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.