On Thursday, the Duchess of Sussex made an official return to work as she carried out her first solo engagement since giving birth to son Archie in May.
Meghan arrived at John Lewis’s flagship department store in London to launch her new capsule collection of workwear, in support of Smart Works.
Meghan has partnered with Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Jigsaw, and MishaNonoo to create a workwear collection for Smart Works, a charity that helps unemployed women get back into the workplace.
The collection includes a shirt, pants, a blazer, a dress, and a bag and it has been unveiled just a day before London Fashion Week starts.
For each item bought from the capsule collection, another will be donated to the charity.
Meghan looked gorgeous as always sporting pieces from the collection, including a white shirt by MishaNonoo, and sleek black pants by Jigsaw.
However, eagle-eyed fans quickly noticed that she’d paired her clothing with a very special set of jewellery. The Duchess wore a pair of butterfly-shaped earrings, and a gold bracelet that once belonged to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana.
Princess Diana was photographed wearing the same earrings during a visit to British Columbia, Canada, with Prince Charles on May 4, 1986.
Meghan looked relaxed on her first post-maternity engagement as she was ushered up to the store’s terrace, where her collection was displayed. On her way to the engagement, she was told that the John Lewis tote had already sold out. “That’s great,” Meghan said.
Meghan said of the project: “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.”
“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.”