While it’s without a doubt that Meghan Markle has experienced a lot of changes in the past year, this is one adjustment that she's still getting used to. There are new reports that say that Markle was forced to leave her latest royal engagement early simply because she had to go home to breastfeed her adorable 4-month-old, Archie Harrison.
The Duchess of Sussex was on hand to launch her Smart Works capsule collection. It was her first official public appearance after her almost 4-month maternity leave. The collection consists of five pieces designed for women attending interviews and entering the workforce. Markle enlisted the help of close friend and fashion designer Misha Nonoo to help create the blouse for the collection. This is while also working with several other British brands for the other pieces, too.
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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
After delivering her speech and meeting with guests, Markle couldn’t help but gush about baby Archie, who had been left at home in the care of his trusted nanny. While the Duchess would have liked to stay longer so that she could mingle with her guests, she had to rush home. The reason? According to Harper's Bazaar, The Duchess was reported saying, “I’ve got to get back to the baby, it’s feeding time!”
With that said, it looks as though Markle is doing a pretty good job of balancing her home life with her work obligations. As a matter of fact, many royal observers are surprised to even see her back at work so fast, as earlier reports had indicated that Markle wanted to spend at least six months at home with Baby Archie. Clearly, she’s already back on her feet and has hit the ground running.
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Last month, The Duchess of Sussex surprised Smart Works clients during the capsule collection shoot in west London...Today, The Duchess, alongside @SmartWorksCharity - in partnership with @InsideJigsaw, @JohnLewisandPartners, @MarksandSpencer and @MishaNonoo - are incredibly proud to reveal to everyone, #TheSmartSet - a five piece capsule collection that will equip the Smart Works clients with the classic wardrobe pieces to help them feel confident as they mobilise back into the work space. • “Since moving to the UK, it has been deeply important to me to meet with communities and organisations on the ground doing meaningful work and to try to do whatever I can to help them amplify their impact. It was just last September that we launched the ‘Together’ cookbook with the women of the Hubb Kitchen in Grenfell. Today, a year later, I am excited to celebrate the launch of another initiative of women supporting women, and communities working together for the greater good. Thank you to the four brands who came together in supporting Smart Works on this special project - placing purpose over profit and community over competition. In convening several companies rather than one, we’ve demonstrated how we can work collectively to empower each other - another layer to this communal success story, that I am so proud to be a part of” - The Duchess of Sussex The collection – which features a shirt, trousers, blazer, dress and tote bag – will be on sale for two weeks starting today, with the objective of selling enough units to give Smart Works the essentials they need to help dress clients for the coming year! For every item bought during the sale of the collection, one will be donated to Smart Works, this 1:1 model allows customers to directly support the Smart Works women by playing a part in their success story - how they look and more importantly, how they feel. Photo © @JennyZarins
Even though both Markle and Prince Harry have hinted that they want to raise their son as a private citizen, royal fans will be able to see the baby from time to time. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are soon going to travel to South Africa on a much anticipated state trip- and yes, Archie will be tagging along for the ride. It will be the Sussex’s first official trip as a family of three.