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Meghan Markle launches fashion range as maternity leave ends today

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The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle is returning to work this week and has an exciting new project lined up.

A segment on Lorraine revealed that Meghan, whose maternity leave ends today (12.09.19), will be getting stuck into a fashion project with a charity focus as she returns to royal duties.

Host Lorraine Kelly asked royal correspondent Russell Myers what the Duchess had planned and he revealed: “It is a big day. She’s launching something called a capsule collection. [It’s] to do with a charity she’s a patron of called Smart Works.”

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Meghan’s a patron of the charity Smart Works (Credit: Nancy Rivera /

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“It’s an amazing charity that helps women, who have been out of work for quite some time, get back into the world of work by giving them prep sessions. But the main gist of it is to fit them out with outfits!”

Speaking further, Russell said he sees it as Meghan “going back to basics” after she and husband Prince Harry were criticised recently over their use of private jets.

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The project is Meghan going “back to basics” (Credit: Ana M Wiggins /

He continued: “This is what [Meghan] should be doing. She’s really comfortable in the world of fashion [and] calling in some favours. One of her best mates is Misha Nonoo, fashion designer, who’s designed this collection.”

Launching in partnership with clothing retailers Jigsaw, John Lewis and M&S, the collection will be supporting Smart Works by making donations for every item sold.

Russell said: “They will donate something to Smart Works to be given to one of these ladies to go and get a job, feeling confident and feeling inspired.

“Meghan said she wanted to ensure [women are] equipped with the clothes and skills to feel ‘job ready’. She’s spoken about how fashion is empowering… so this is what she’ll be doing.”

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Meghan guest edited the September edition of Vogue (Credit: Andrew Schwartz /

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Meghan’s love of fashion is well known.

Earlier this year, it was revealed she would be guest editing the September ‘Forces For Change’ edition of Vogue magazine.

But her cover received something of a mixed response, with some hailing it a success and others slamming the royal for not including The Queen.

Similarly, controversial TV presenter Piers Morgan branded her editorship a “stunt” and claimed it was “shamelessly hypocritical”.

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