Stunning Meghan Markle Turns Stylist For Her First Royal Patronage Visit

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The Duchess of Sussex wears many hats: royal, woman empowerment activist, philanthropist, and now Meghan Markle fashion stylist

Meghan Markle has for long been a vocal advocate of women empowerment. It is then only befitting that her first patronage as a member of the British royal family allow her to help women.

And it did. 

Last night, Kensington Palace announced Markle's four patronages. Among them was Smart Works, a charity that helps women get back into the workforce by preparing them for interviews and boosting their confidence through clothes.

Naturally, it was the perfect fit for 'Meghan Markle fashion stylist.' It not only allowed her to showcase her impeccable style and dress women, but also motivate them.    

Meghan Markle Fashion Stylist: Helps Women Get Interview-Ready 

 
 
 
 
 
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Markle first reached out to Smart Works in January of last year, when she was doing her research on British charities. She even secretly visited the organisation in March where she met with the execs, and also coached clients as a volunteer. 

She had already done something similar as a student of the Northwestern University, Chicago, where she worked with an initiative that donated prom dresses to girls who couldn't afford one. And now with Smart Works, Markle can help women feel their best.

As Juliet Hughes-Hallett, Smart Works founder and former Vogue UK fashion editor told BAZAAR.com, “Instantly she wanted get stuck in... She’s really good at showing empathy, making the women feel safe and know they’re not going to have anyone’s will imposed upon them."

“She really fits in and it’s always really fun when she comes, which is a wonderful thing to be able to say," Hallett added.

This charity is clearly the perfect fit for the stylish and smart, Markle, who was quite happy to be part of it as well.

“I’m so happy to be here. You guys know I’ve been quietly coming by… close to a year. It’s nice to be able to now do it publicly and really talk about the work that you do,” she reportedly said. 

"It’s not just donating your clothes and seeing where they land but really being part of each others’ success stories as women,” she added.

“It is not just hand-me-downs, it’s saying, ‘Okay, this is the blazer I wore that helped me land that interview and I want this to be the piece that helps this woman have that part of her story.' So to know as a woman coming in that you have so many other women believing in you [for] all the next phases, it’s that piece that makes it so special,” she shared

Meghan Styles Women And Shares An Embarrassing Story About A Bag She Donated 

 
 
 
 
 
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Markle visited the Smart Works’ pop-up base located at west London’s St. Charles Hospital yesterday, and was dressed to the nines. She wore a (S$308) dress black Hatch maternity dress, an Oscar De La Renta camel cotton-twill coat (S$4477), and Gianvito Rossi plexi cowhide pumps (S$2919). To complete her look, Markle wore earrings by a brand called Kimai (S$542) and a Victoria Beckham box leather tote (S$861). 

Not surprisingly, all eyes were on her when she visited the pop-up, and she didn't surprise. Markle looked smart and effortlessly chic in her outfit and even helped style other women who were at the pop-up.  

But while she was selecting accessories for one of the Smart Works client, Markle shared an embarrassing anecdote. One which shows that she doesn't believe in imposing preferences on others. 

Woman Rejects Markle's Style Suggestion: "I thought it was great," Defends Markle

 
 
 
 
 
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Markle joked self-deprecatingly that she previously donated a bag to the charity. And when suggested it to a woman who was selecting clothes. But sadly, the women didn't like Markle's suggestion.

“The last time I was here I suggested a purse, and it was one that I had donated. And she didn’t like it!” Markle said. 

The Duchess quipped and added: “I was like, ‘Oh, OK’. I thought it was great.”

This funny anecdote may come as a surprise to many given how quickly Markle, 37, has risen to the stature of a style icon. No matter what she wears, it sells out like hot cakes within minutes. And is copied by many of her fans across the globe. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Meghan Markle Fashion Stylist And A Storyteller 

Interestingly, since joining the royal family, Markle has consciously used fashion to tell important stories. The 37-year-old Duchess helped create jobs at the Hiut Denim jeans in Cardiff, Wales; and reportedly for seamstresses of Outland Denim in Cambodia.

She is also careful about the jewellery she selects. She prefers to wear responsibly-sourced diamonds including the lab-grown diamonds by Kimai (as she did with this visit).

It's only a matter of time that Duchess Markle will bring about a major change in women empowerment through fashion. For now the Duchess of Sussex wears many hats: royal, woman empowerment activist, philanthropist, and now Meghan Markle fashion stylist.

We stan her! 

Also read: We Can't Afford Meghan Markle's Style But We Can Buy These!

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Written by

Deepshikha Punj