Meghan Markle‘s new Smart Works capsule collection shares a surprising connection to her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton.
On Thursday, the Duchess of Sussex stepped out in London for her first official post-maternity leave outing to celebrate the launch of her capsule collection. The line benefits her patronage Smart Works, a charity that helps women find employment with coaching tips and professional attire for their job interviews.
The collection features several business-inspired items sold at retailers including John Lewis & Partners, Marks & Spencer and Jigsaw — the British shop where the Duchess of Cambridge worked when she was dating Prince William.
Kate worked as an accessories buyer for the clothing brand in 2006. She landed the job after personally contacted Belle Robinson, the brand’s founder. She reportedly spent a few days a week in their London office, where she acted just like any other employee.
“She sat in the kitchen at lunchtime and chatted with everyone from the van drivers to the account girls. She wasn’t precious,” Robinson told the Evening Standard in 2008.
“I have to say I was so impressed by her. There were days when there were TV crews at the end of the drive. We’d say: ‘Listen, do you want to go out the back way?’ And she’d say: ‘To be honest, they’re going to hound us until they’ve got the picture. So why don’t I just go, get the picture done, and then they’ll leave us alone,’” Robinson said.
Kate quit her job at Jigsaw in 2006, saying she needed “some time to herself.” She went on to work for her family’s company, Party Pieces. A few years later, on Nov. 16, 2010, Clarence House announced William and Kate’s engagement and the pair were married the …read more
Source:: People.com – Royal News