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Sunday 17th November 2019

Meghan Markle heads back to work as her maternity leave comes to an end

And doesn't she look chic!

After giving birth to her first son Archie just four months ago, Meghan Markle has returned to work.

With the tot no doubt being looked after at home in Windsor, the Duchess of Sussex looked thrilled to be back to her duties.

It was back to work for the Duchess of Sussex (Credit: Splash News)

Meghan's first official engagement following the end of her maternity leave was to launch her new Smart Works capsule collection – and she certainly looked the part.

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Meghan looked chic, stylish and ready for the office as she arrived at John Lewis in London wearing a pair of skinny black trousers and a white shirt from the Smart Set collection.

She teamed her shirt and trousers with a pair of killer heels and some beautiful butterfly earrings that once belonged to her late mother-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales.

She looked chic in two pieces from the collection (Credit: Splash News)

Launching the five-piece capsule collection for Smart Works, a charity which provides training and interview clothes to unemployed women in need, Meghan revealed her design inspirations.

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She said: "I thought, this is going to be classics and essentials."

To make the idea a reality, it was then time to turn to "traditional and quintessential British brands", said Meghan.

She wore a pair of butterfly earrings that once belonged to Diana, Princess of Wales (Credit: Splash News)

It has been designed in collaboration with Jigsaw, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and the duchess's pal Misha Nonoo and features a shirt, a pair of trousers, a blazer, a dress and a tote bag.

I thought, this is going to be classics and essentials.

Meghan added: "When you buy any item in the Smart Set capsule collection, the same item will be given to a Smart Works client."

She continued: "And, with it, the confidence and support she needs to enter the workforce and take an important step in building a career."

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Last month, The Duchess of Sussex surprised Smart Works clients during the capsule collection shoot in west London...Today, The Duchess, alongside @SmartWorksCharity - in partnership with @InsideJigsaw, @JohnLewisandPartners, @MarksandSpencer and @MishaNonoo - are incredibly proud to reveal to everyone, #TheSmartSet - a five piece capsule collection that will equip the Smart Works clients with the classic wardrobe pieces to help them feel confident as they mobilise back into the work space. • “Since moving to the UK, it has been deeply important to me to meet with communities and organisations on the ground doing meaningful work and to try to do whatever I can to help them amplify their impact. It was just last September that we launched the ‘Together’ cookbook with the women of the Hubb Kitchen in Grenfell. Today, a year later, I am excited to celebrate the launch of another initiative of women supporting women, and communities working together for the greater good. Thank you to the four brands who came together in supporting Smart Works on this special project - placing purpose over profit and community over competition. In convening several companies rather than one, we’ve demonstrated how we can work collectively to empower each other - another layer to this communal success story, that I am so proud to be a part of” - The Duchess of Sussex The collection – which features a shirt, trousers, blazer, dress and tote bag – will be on sale for two weeks starting today, with the objective of selling enough units to give Smart Works the essentials they need to help dress clients for the coming year! For every item bought during the sale of the collection, one will be donated to Smart Works, this 1:1 model allows customers to directly support the Smart Works women by playing a part in their success story - how they look and more importantly, how they feel. Photo © @JennyZarins

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Meghan has a busy month ahead of her as she heads off to Africa with husband Prince Harry and son Archie on their first royal tour as a family.

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