Meghan Markle paid a visit to Smart Works at St. Charles Hospital in West London where she helped pick out suitable clothes for unemployed and vulnerable women.
Meghan, who just became a royal patron at Smart Works – one of her four new patronages announced today – was all smiles and constantly cradled her bump as she met with the women.
Smart Works is a charity that helps unemployed and vulnerable women get back into the workplace. The charity provides high-quality interview clothes and training to unemployed women in need.
While visiting today, Meghan helped give fashion tips to women and declared: ‘I’m so happy to be here.’
Meghan – who is about 6 months pregnant – looked stunning in a black dress from the maternity brand, Hatch. She also sported a long, brown Oscar de la Renta coat.
Patsy Wardally, who’d been out of work for 16 years, said:
It was so exhilarating to meet the Duchess. She picked out a Hobbs cape, a pair of earrings, a bracelet and a handbag for me.
She chose things that were fantastic and now I feel much more confident and more beautiful.
Co-founder Juliet Hughes-Hallett said:
She is really good at it. She instantly wanted to get stuck in.
When you see these women dressed well their shoulders go back, their confidence blooms and they think ‘this is possible. I can get this job.
Kate Stephens, CEO of Smart Works said afterwards:
She’s a natural. She’s very empathetic, relates to our clients. She’s very relaxed and puts everyone at ease and offers great advice as well. She was very hands on in there. She helped with the dressing, the interview coaching.
Kensington Palace revealed Smart Works as just one of Meghan’s several volunteering gigs. She’s also taking over 2 of Queen Elizabeth’s patronages – at the National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities – and working with an animal welfare group.
Watch videos of Meghan helping the women out below.