Misha Nonoo defends Meghan Markle against 'unjust' public criticism

Duchess of Sussex announces patronages

The duchess, 38, wore the black tailored Jigsaw trousers from the five-piece collection accessorised with a tan leather belt, along with the Misha Nonoo white shirt from the range and tan suede pumps identified by What Meghan Wore as Manolo Blahnik.

Meghan launched The Smart Set Capsule Collection at John Lewis, Oxford Street in London. Meghan is royal patron of the charity that provides women with training and interview clothes. She finished off her look with a pair of butterfly earrings that belonged to Harry's mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

While Meghan has been out and about during her maternity leave - she hasn't been shrouded from the public in her cottage! - the September 12 event marked her first official appearance since becoming a mom.

"It's reminding them that they've nothing to fear, just be yourself", the Duchess of Sussex affirmed to Karishma Navsaria, a volunteer at the charity Smart Works who helps vulnerable women to prepare for job interviews. Jill Stanton, the women's and children's director at Marks & Spencer, where the machine-washable Smart Set tunic dress will retail at £19.50, said that "by offering our customers the opportunity to purchase a dress and gift one to a Smart Works client, together we are empowering and supporting women".

But eagle-eyed royal fans noticed she also had on some pieces of jewellery belonging to her late mother-in-law.

The line includes professional attire such as a blazer, pants and tote bag.

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". How cool is that?

"Since moving to the United Kingdom, 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".

When it comes to working together, Nonoo said that the duchess is a great collaborator: "I think, really being the person that she is, for each brand that she's working with, she's really entrusted us".

"The only gesture that hints of any tension in this ritual of energy, excitement and enthusiasm to get back to her work is her hair-touch but this has always been a signature gesture for Meghan and could easily be caused by the strong wind as much as any underlying nerves".

"I'm sure people probably think, like, 'Things must be so different!' et cetera, et cetera".

She added: "She was completely hands-on and got stuck in and some of the women didn't know who she was".

Meghan's return to work was discussed yesterday on ITV daytime talk show Lorraine, with a royal expert explaining that the collection launch was Meghan getting "back to basics".



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