Ever since news of Meghan Markle’s guest-edited Vogue cover broke, more and more details of how the Duchess has spent the past year have followed. Today, Meghan posted new pictures of her pregnancy to announce her new clothing line — and reveal just how busy she was in the months leading up to baby Archie’s birth. It’s no secret that Meghan values her charity work, but her work for Vogue was a secret, making us wonder just how much more work Meghan was doing behind the scenes without our knowledge.
The Instagram posted on the Sussex Royals page announced Meghan’s new clothing line to benefit Smart Works, a charity that provides “clothing and coaching for unemployed women with interviews.” The caption describes how this project came together: “After quiet visits to Smartworks over the last year, The Duchess was moved by the impactful work being done by this non profit organization […] while the donations were plentiful, they were also notably a combination of mismatched items and colors which weren’t always the right stylistic choices or sizes.”
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In response, Meghan decided to launch a collective helping women get the pieces they need — and as you’ll see from the final photo posted in this series, she was putting together that collective late into her pregnancy with Archie.
Meghan’s clothing line will follow a “1:1 model:” when you buy an item from her collection, it will be shared with one of the women Smart Works support. Retailers John Lewis & Partners, Jigsaw, Marks and Spencer, and Misha Nonoo have paired with the Duchess on this initiative, which Meghan describes as “[reframing] the idea of charity as community.” She wants consumers to feel involved in the charitable efforts of this forthcoming clothing line — and if these photos teach us nothing else, it’s that a determined Meghan won’t let anything stop her. All through her pregnancy, Meghan was working harder than any of us knew, and we can’t wait to see what she does next.