See Why Meghan Markle Supports British Patronage Smart Works With A Grant From Archewell Foundation

Kate Stephens, CEO of Smart Works, pictured with Meghan in Oxford Street in 2019, thankd Archewell and Meghan for their 'steadfast support'
Kate Stephens, CEO of Smart Works, pictured with Meghan in Oxford Street in 2019, thankd Archewell and Meghan for their 'steadfast support'

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Meghan Markle has continued to support Smart Works, one of her UK patronages, with a grant from her and Prince Harry’s US-based Archewell Foundation.

The Foundation, which was created by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after they stepped down as senior royals in 2020, will help finance one of the charity’s major 2022 projects, titled The Smart Works Female Unemployment Index, Hello! revealed.

Smart Works has a team of 300 trained volunteers and helps long-term unemployed and vulnerable women regain the skills, confidence and tools to succeed at job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives.

Meghan became patron of Smart Works in January 2019 and remains in the position even after stepping down as a senior royal because it is one she held in a private capacity, rather than was given by the Queen.

Meghan also remains Patron of UK animal charity Mayhew. She had to give up her royal patronages of the National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities as part of the Megxit agreement.

The Archewell Foundation will give out a grant to Meghan Markle's Smart Works patronage to mark International Women's Day (pictured, the 40-year-old during a visit to Smart Works in 2019)
The Archewell Foundation will give out a grant to Meghan Markle’s Smart Works patronage to mark International Women’s Day (pictured, the 40-year-old during a visit to Smart Works in 2019)
Archewell, which was founded by Harry and Meghan, pictured on 26 February, after they stepped down as senior royals in 2020
Archewell, which was founded by Harry and Meghan, pictured on 26 February, after they stepped down as senior royals in 2020

Kate Stephens, CEO, Smart Works said: ‘We are so grateful to Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex and Archewell Foundation for their steadfast support of Smart Works’ mission and continued growth.

‘Whether in person or remote, we are dedicated to providing women with the tools they need to feel confident at such a critical moment in their lives, and the research we are undertaking will shine a light on the challenges they face.’

The new Smart Works project, which will be published in late 2022, will focus on data around female unemployment in the UK and the challenges face by women Smart Works supports.

The charity has always held a special place in Meghan’s heart since her royal days.

In September 2019, she launched a sell-out capsule collection with Smart Works and her designer pal Misha Nonoo.

She has remained the charity’s patron despite stepping back from royal duties, although her title changed from ‘royal patron’ to simply ‘patron’.

Kate Stephens, CEO of Smart Works, pictured with Meghan in Oxford Street in 2019, thankd Archewell and Meghan for their 'steadfast support'
Kate Stephens, CEO of Smart Works, pictured with Meghan in Oxford Street in 2019, thankd Archewell and Meghan for their ‘steadfast support’

In spring 2021, she sent personalised notes on behalf of the UK-based charity, which helps long-term unemployed and vulnerable women return to employment.

In an Instagram Story shared at the time, the charity revealed Meghan sent notes to four clients from her home in California.

The bulk of the note was typed on the computer but photos reveal the Duchess wrote each woman’s name by hand and included a short message: ‘Wishing you every success in your new role’ before signing off ‘as ever, Meghan’.

They were included in parcels sent out to women who have benefited from the charity’s services. Further details about the recipients were not revealed.

Meghan, who is currently living in her $14 million mansion in California, has been increasingly vocal about politics in the US having stepped back from royal duties.

Over the weekend, the mother-of-two spoke to Anita Hill for URL media about the nomination of Judge Jackson, saying: ‘Judge Jackson’s nomination has opened new ground for women’s representation at the highest level of a judicial system that for too long has tilted against the very community she hails from.

‘For the millions of young women who will rightfully find inspiration from this moment, let’s remind ourselves that Black achievement is something that exists not just today or yesterday, and not just in moments of celebration, but as a fabric woven into the entire chronicle of the American story.’

Anita said the pair had ‘recently connected’ and said there was ‘a measure of parallelism given her experience navigating uncharted territory as a Black woman.’

The duchess’s latest intervention heightens speculation that she sees herself in a political position in the future, like her heroines Angelina Jolie and Amal Clooney.

It is not the first time the Duchess has weighed in on politics in the US.

Last year, she made a series of calls for compulsory paid family leave in the US, including in her first major TV appearance since her notorious tell-all with Oprah Winfrey.

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