Inside Meghan Markle’s fashion launch: £100 goody bags, Amy Pickerill’s surprise appearance and more


The Duchess of Sussex unveiled the Smart Set Capsule Collection, which is able to profit her patronage Smart Works

September 13, 2019 – 11:38 BST Danielle Stacey

The Duchess of Sussex returned from maternity depart on Thursday to launch her highly-anticipated Smart Set Capsule Collection to learn her patronage Smart Works, which helps ladies again into employment. The workwear necessities embrace a £19.50 shift gown from Marks & Spencer, a £109 tote bag from John Lewis, a £199 blazer and £120 trousers from Jigsaw and a £125 shirt from Misha Nonoo.

Meghan, 38, launched the vary on the rooftop of John Lewis’ flagship retailer on Oxford Street in London, the place friends included fashion designer and good good friend Misha Nonoo, members of the fashion trade, the media and Smart Works executives and beneficiaries.


Meghan’s associates had been within the viewers

While fashion occasions often embrace a glass of bubbly, solely water was served all through the launch and friends took residence a goody bag value £100, which included a Bobbi Brown lip tint, a cleanser, a S’properly reusable water bottle and a leather-based card pockets on a strap.

Wearing the Misha Nonoo shirt and Jigsaw trousers from the gathering, Meghan delivered her six-minute speech with out notes, stopping solely as soon as originally to “pause for sound” whereas sirens in Oxford Circus wailed.


Meghan did not have any notes handy when she made her speech

A royal supply tells HELLO! that aides had provided to arrange notes for her speech, however she didn’t have any handy when she spoke. At the tip of her speak, Meghan admitted she had discovered the John Lewis tote bag had already bought out whereas she was on her solution to the launch within the car, urging manufacturers to generously restock “so that everyone can play a part in this shared success story”. Friends of the Duchess informed HELLO! that she got here throughout on the rostrum “precisely how she all the time is in life – form, eloquent and compassionate.”

As anticipated with any royal engagement, safety across the occasion was tight and friends got wrist bands, however the Duchess took the time to talk with and take images with Smart Works’ shoppers, together with Kate Johnson and Zara Najimi from the marketing campaign shoot.


Meghan with a few of Smart Works’ shoppers

Among the notable attendees was additionally comedienne Jennifer Saunders, who’s a patron of Smart Works. The Absolutely Fabulous star, 61, tweeted: “Was excited and proud to be on the launch of #TheSmartSet at the moment and so impressed with Duchess of Sussex who spoke with confidence and readability and ardour about this glorious charity and with out notes. How refreshing. She’s spectacular and has provide you with this sensible concept.” 

ITV News’ royal editor Chris Ship tweeted that when Jennifer arrived, she mentioned: “I’ve by no means seen safety like that earlier than.”


Security was tight on the launch

Meghan’s shut good friend and former director of communications for Burberry, Isabel May, and her former assistant personal secretary Amy Pickerill had been additionally current. HELLO! revealed in March this 12 months that Amy had handed in her discover as a result of she was planning a transfer abroad. She helped the Sussexes with the delivery of child Archie and supported the couple as they settled into their new residence Frogmore Cottage, in Windsor.


Meghan mentioned she needed to get again to feed Archie as she left

As Meghan mentioned her goodbyes, she was heard saying: “I’ve bought to get again to the infant, it is feed time.” The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed child Archie Harrison in May and are taking him on their royal tour of Africa later this month. 

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