The duchess is going back to work for charitable workwear.
Having already added actress, humanitarian, duchess and even magazine editor to her extremely well-read resumé, when Meghan Markle returns to work after a period of maternity leave, the royal can also add fashion designer to the list.
As reported by People, the duchess is due to resume royal duties next Thursday September 12. The Duchess of Sussex’s first order of business following the birth of how now-four-month-old son, Archie Harrison, is one that’s particularly close to her heart: launching the capsule collection of women’s workwear she created with her fashion designer friend, Misha Nonoo.
In addition to being present for the launch, The Sun reports that the duchess will deliver a short speech to mark the launch, before sitting down to watch a panel discussion around the collection.
Having already given us a sneak peek at the soon-to-be-released range via a behind-the-scenes video—which features Markle in a look reminiscent of her pre-royal days—the collection will aim to build a wardrobe of work-appropriate attire for women aided by the charity Smart Works, one of the duchess’s more notable patronages.
Major British retailers are already on board to stock the charitable collaboration and for every item that is purchased from the collection by a customer, an identical one will be donated to support “long-term unemployed and vulnerable women regain the skills, confidence and tools to succeed at job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives”.
According to The Sun, this limited-edition collection—which was created in collaboration with British brands including Marks and Spencer (M&S), Jigsaw, John Lewis & Partners, as well as pal Nonoo—will include a shirt, trousers, a blazer, a dress and a bag, with the publication reporting that charitable customers and royalists alike will be able to shop it for “at least two weeks” after the Thursday September 12 launch date.
Also marking his return to work following a summer break, Prince Harry recently travelled to the Netherlands to announce his newly-launched, eco-conscious travel initiative Travalyst. Partnering with corporate travel heavyweights—including TripAdvisor, Booking.com, Visa, Ctrip, and Skyscanner—the initiative will aim to make travel more environmentally friendly, low impact and beneficial to local communities visited.
“Travel has the unparalleled power to open people’s minds to different cultures, new experiences, and to have a profound appreciation for what our world has to offer,” he said in a statement. “As tourism inevitably grows, it is critically important to accelerate the adoption of sustainable practices worldwide; and to balance this growth with the needs of the environment and the local population.”
Although the year is almost up, it looks like it’s going to be a rather busy—and extra charitable—end of year for the Sussexes.