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Meghan Markle made a stylish return to the royal event circuit. The Duchess of Sussex just arrived at the launch event for her Smart Works capsule collection that will benefit her patronage. Meghan chose to wear a white blouse from the collection (by Misha Nonoo), a Ralph Lauren belt, black trousers (by Jigsaw), and brown heels. She accessorized with Princess Diana’s bracelet and butterfly earrings, pieces she has worn before.
Ahead of the event, the SussexRoyal Instagram shared photos from the shoot for the Smart Set line and a quote from Meghan. “Since moving to the UK, it has been deeply important to me to meet with communities and organizations on the ground doing meaningful work and to try to do whatever I can to help them amplify their impact,” the Duchess said. “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 [Jigsaw, Marks & Spencer, Misha Nonoo, and John Lewis and Partners] 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 is set to speak during the event. “Meghan will make a short speech before watching a panel discussion with SmartWorks reps, two of its clients & Patron,” royal reporter Emily Andrews wrote on Twitter when the engagement was announced last week. “She’ll then meet Smart Works and brand representatives who will talk through the SW journey every client undergoes—including wardrobe and interview.”
This is Meghan’s first official event of the fall and marks her return from her maternity leave. Meghan welcomed her and Prince Harry’s first son, Archie Harrison, in May this year. The Duchess made a couple appearances over the summer, including two at Wimbledon and two with her husband Prince Harry. Meghan’s meeting with Beyoncé, of course, happened during her The Lion King premiere date with him.
Meghan was last photographed out on Saturday in New York City. The Duchess took a last-minute flight to the U.S. to cheer on her friend Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final on Saturday. Page Six reported that Meghan was “determined” to keep her trip low-profile.
A royal insider told that outlet that “after all the big fanfare of her [last New York City] trip for her two-day baby shower, where paparazzi followed her every move and staked out The Mark Hotel to catch Meghan, her famous friends and the array of gifts arriving, it seems Meghan has learned her lesson. She was in New York to support Serena, and catch up with a few other old friends, but was determined to keep everything very low-key and as under-the-radar as possible.” Meghan flew in Friday and left Sunday. She was photographed just once, at the game.