In a clip released on Wednesday, The Duchess of Sussex is seen, via video call, to be giving a confidence boost to a client of Smart Works for an internship interview. Smart Works is an organisation that helps women find employment by providing them with professional attire and interview tips. The Duchess of Sussex is Patron of the organisation.
In the video, The Duchess is heard saying, “You seem incredibly confident and prepared and I know everyone here is so excited.” Before the conversation, Meghan had described the woman in question as a “beacon of hope.”
The Duchess of Sussex first became involved with Smart Works in January 2019 when Kensington Palace announced the four patronages she had chosen to work with.
On the call, Meghan added, “I think you’re going to be fantastic. I just wanted to be able to call you and tell you best of luck, and my fingers are crossed for you.”
In an additional message on Instagram shared by Smart Works, The Duchess of Sussex remarked, “It’s been such an honour to meet and learn from so many talented women in the Smart Works network over the years, and recently to see the amazing work they’re doing to adapt their programmes to the reality of this pandemic. I’ve been really proud to be able to be their patron.”
In September 2019, Meghan launched a five-piece capsule collection of workwear with Smart Works.
Smart Works moved to be a virtual service over six weeks ago and has been able to deliver 200 hours of support to its clients during the COVID-19 crisis.
Though no longer being working members of The Royal Family, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have both stayed close to their various patronages.