Every Photo from Meghan Markle's Visit to Her New Patronage – Her First Outing of 2019!

Meghan Markle is diving right into her newly announced patronages! First, she's helping women land their dream jobs through coaching and styling at Smart Works

Duchess Of Sussex Announces Four Royal Patronages
Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne - WPA Pool/Getty Images
01 of 14
Meghan Duchess of Sussex visit to Smart Works, London, UK - 10 Jan 2019
Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock

Meghan Markle started off the New Year by announcing the four patronages she will back as a royal – and headed to visit one on Thursday.

02 of 14
Duchess Of Sussex Announces Four Royal Patronages
Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

The Duchess of Sussex, 37, visited Smart Works, which helps vulnerable and longterm unemployed women regain the skills and confidence to get into work.

03 of 14
Meghan Duchess of Sussex visit to Smart Works, London, UK - 10 Jan 2019
Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock

Meghan, who is expecting her first child in the spring, wore a maternity dress (her first on a public outing!) — the Eliza Dress by Hatch. The $218 black midi-length dress features a subtle ribbed crew neckline detail and is made of stretch cotton viscose knit.

04 of 14
Duchess of Sussex announces patronages
Press Association via AP Images

She topped it off with a swing coat in cotton-twill by Oscar De La Renta.

05 of 14
Duchess Of Sussex Announces Four Royal Patronages
Meghan Markle. Clodagh Kilcoyne - WPA Pool/Getty Images

It emerged during her visit that she has been to the organization several times — and even gave some women coaching before a job interview.

06 of 14
BRITAIN-ROYALS
Meghan Markle visits Smart Works in Jan. 2019. CLODAGH KILCOYNE/AFP/Getty Images

For Thursday's visit, Meghan played stylist.

07 of 14
Duchess Of Sussex Announces Four Royal Patronages
Meghan Markle. Clodagh Kilcoyne - WPA Pool/Getty Images

She helped Patsy Wardally get ready for an interview with a new outfit.

08 of 14
BRITAIN-ROYALS
CLODAGH KILCOYNE/AFP/Getty Images

Meghan picked out a camel-colored jacket to top Patsy's pink patterned dress as well as accessories.

09 of 14
Duchess Of Sussex Announces Four Royal Patronages
Meghan Markle visits Smart Works in January 2019. Clodagh Kilcoyne - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Meghan even helped put on a bracelet.

10 of 14
BRITAIN-ROYALS
Meghan Markle. CLODAGH KILCOYNE/AFP/Getty Images

"It's not just donating your clothes and seeing where they land, but really being part of each other's success stories as women," Meghan said while speaking to a group of women.

11 of 14
Duchess Of Sussex Announces Four Royal Patronages
Meghan Markle with Smart Works founder Juliet Hughes-Hallett in January. Clodagh Kilcoyne - WPA Pool/Getty Images

She added, "It's not just hand-me-downs. It's saying, 'Okay, this is the blazer that I wore that helped me land that interview, and I want this to be the piece that helps this woman have that part of her story."

12 of 14
BRITAIN-ROYALS
Meghan Markle. Clodagh Kilcoyne - WPA Pool/Getty Images

The charity has helped over 11,000 women and has plans to dress 3,500 women this year across the UK.

13 of 14
BRITAIN-ROYALS
Clodagh Kilcoyne - WPA Pool/Getty Images

The other patronages that were announced on Thursday are the National Theatre, The Association of Commonwealth Universities and the animal welfare charity Mayhew.

14 of 14
BRITAIN-ROYALS
CLODAGH KILCOYNE/AFP/Getty Images

They are all national and grassroot organizations "that are part of the fabric of the U.K," the palace said.

Related Articles