Published On: Thu, Sep 12th, 2019

Meghan Markle news: Duchess wears Smart Works capsule collection at John Lewis in London

Meghan Markle has officially returned to work today after enjoying her time on maternity leave. She has been on leave since the months before giving birth to her son, Archie Harrison, who was born in May this year. The Duchess of Sussex opted for a smart look as she wore her own collection to the launch of her new clothing line. She was spotted wearing a crisp white shirt, black trousers and Princess Diana’s bracelets as she headed to the John Lewis store on Oxford Street.

Meghan dressed smart for her first day back at work wearing a fitted white shirt which was tucked into her trousers.

She rolled up her sleeves and left a few buttons undone in the tailored look.

Meghan matched this with a pair of mid-rise A-line black trousers which cut off at the ankle.

Her look was pulled together with a £85 Ralph Lauren brown belt which had a gold buckle. The new mum matched the design with a pair of closed toe suede brown high heel Manolo Blahnik pumps, on sale for £563. 

Meghan appeared out to show off her new clothing line which focuses on designing a working wardrobe.

The Duchess and Smart Works collaborated with British fashion brands and designers including John Lewis and Partners, Marks and Spencer, Jigsaw and Misha Nonoo.

Among the designs in the collection, Meghan has focused on picking pieces which are essential for those going for an interview or starting a job. She showed her charitable side as for every item sold, another will be given to a woman to help them get back into work.

Speaking ahead of the launch, she said: “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. 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.

“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.

“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.”

As she attended the event, Meghan looked ready for business as she modelled pieces from her own collection. She dressed up the look with a collection of gold bangles around her right wrist which reportedly once belonged to Princess Diana.

The Duchess wore her long locks down and styled into a middle pattern and she opted for a simple makeup look.

Last week, she stepped out wearing a casual denim dress as she attended the final of the US Open

The stylish dress was from J. Crew and cost a modest £132, and the royal paired this with a grey cardigan coat. 

Meghan wore her hair down and gave it a bit of volume by styling it into a slight curl. 

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