The Duchess of Sussex made a first public visit to one of her new patronages, Smart Works, a charity helping long-term unemployed and vulnerable women regain skills and confidence.
For this engagement, Meghan looked stunning in business casual attire. She wore an Oscar de la Renta tan trench coat and finished off her look with a Hatch black dress. She wore an old pair of Gianvito Rossi pumps which she previously posted about on Instagram. What interesting to see in her look is the Plexi style cow print heels, which are an unusual twist on Meghan’s new style, especially with their transparent PVC side panels. She had her hair up in a bun.
— Emily Nash (@emynash) January 10, 2019
Earlier this morning the Palace tweeted more details about Smart Work sharing that it helps unemployed and vulnerable women return to employment. “The Duchess has met with many women who have benefited from the charity’s support. Smart Works helps long term unemployed and vulnerable women regain the skills, confidence, and tools to succeed at job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives.”
At the event the Duchess spoke to women there about the importance and power of donating clothes: “It’s not just donating your clothes and seeing where they land,” she said. “It’s really being part of each other’s success stories as women, right?”
“It’s not just hand me downs, it’s saying ‘okay, this is the blazer that I wore that helped me win that interview and I want this to be the piece that helps this woman have that part of her story,'” Meghan continued. The Duchess of Sussex also played stylist at the event, helping other women pick out outfits.
#Meghan hearing from Ashwak Dadey how @SmartWorksHQ helped her with interview coaching and confidence which then resulted in her getting a new job as a digital project manager pic.twitter.com/1rQxkukNoV
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The Mail on Sunday reported that Meghan Markle is also taking over for the Queen as royal patron of the National Theatre. This was Meghan’s first patronage as a member of the royal family since she married Prince Harry in May 2018. Sources tell the publications that the Queen gave Meghan this particular patronage “as a mark of her growing confidence in the Duchess.” Plus this is a very fitting position for the Duchess, who built a career as an actress before becoming a royal.
Rufus Norris, who is the director of the National Theatre, is said to be acutely aware of promoting openness to different cultures. ‘This country is still very class divided and anything that adds to that perception, that this place is not open to everybody, could be a downfall,’ he said.
Last month, Meghan had a private meeting with Rufus Norris to discuss plans for her role.
In November Meghan and Harry visited the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium. The Queen has been Patron of Royal Variety Charity since 1952. Money raised for the Royal Variety Charity helps hundreds of entertainers in need of help and assistance as a result of old age, ill-health, or hard times.