While she may be on the other side of the world, that didn’t stop Meghan Markle from celebrating the one year anniversary of her highly successful capsule collection with London-based charity Smart Works.

To mark the occasion, the Duchess of Sussex joined in on a video call with three women – Agnieszka, Charlene and Karla – who have been helped by the charity which aids in preparing them for interviews, as well as providing them with smart clothes to wear.

“People can say that so much of Smart Works is about the clothes themselves but it’s really not… all of that stuff is the exterior but it’s what it does for you on the inside that ends up being the best accessory,” Meghan, 38, said on the video call.

“It’s the confidence, it’s what is built within, that is the piece that you walk out of that room with and walk into the interview with.”


The launch of the ‘Smart Set’ collection with Smart Works last year was highly successful, which was done in collaboration with Marks & Spencer, Jigsaw, John Lewis and Misha Nonoo.

In an exclusive interview with Emirates Woman, Nonoo recently revealed how working with Meghan on this project was one of her career highlights.

Nonoo was recruited by her close friend Meghan as part of her patronage with Smart Works to design a version of her signature ‘Husband Shirt’.

“The collaboration was very exciting because our values as a brand perfectly align with Smart Works’ and the Duchess of Sussex’s amazing mission of helping women succeed in the workforce,” Nonoo told Emirates Woman in our recent September issue.

“We’ve always strived to provide women with versatile, timeless clothing that helps give them confidence in their professional life.” The design process for the collection with Meghan was “super collaborative”, Nonoo reveals and was also a huge success.

“Through the 1-for-1 model, we were able to donate 1,500 shirts to Smart Works, and help that many more women realise their potential,” the designer added.

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