Prince Harry and Meghan Markle award grant to UK charity duchess is still a patron of


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Archewell Foundation revealed it would be awarding a grant to Smart Works in order to mark Women’s History Month, which starts today

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s foundation is awarding a grant to a UK charity that is one of just two Meghan is still a patron of.

The couple’s Archewell website revealed today that Smart Works is among four charities that it would be supporting in order to mark Women’s History Month, which starts today.

Meghan became patron of Smart Works – an organization that helps women get back to work – in 2019 before she and Harry quit as senior working royals.

When they stepped down from the Firm in early 2020, the pair had to relinquish some of their patronages.

Meghan Markle, who became patron of Smart Works in 2019
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Although one of the two private charity patronages that Meghan has kept is Smart Works and another with animal charity Mayhew.

A statement on the Archewell website says: “Since 2019, Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex has been Patron of Smart Works, a UK charity that exists to give women the confidence they need to reach their full potential, secure employment and change the trajectory of their lives.

Meghan visiting Smart Works in London in 2019
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“Archewell Foundation’s support will enable the creation of the Smart Works Female Unemployment Index, which will be an extremely robust study looking at unemployment issues that affect women across the UK, with the aim of creating an annual benchmark against which progress and change can be tracked .”

In September 2019, Meghan launched a Smart Works clothing collection that included workwear essentials from an elegant blazer and well-cut trousers by Jigsaw, to a tote bag that fits all the essentials needed for an interview from John Lewis & Partners.

Meghan and Prince Harry, who stood down as senior royals in early 2020

A classic dress, flattering to all sizes, from Marks & Spencer, and a crisp white shirt from the womenswear designer and friend of the duchess, Misha Nonoo, completed the range.

The range was launched in partnership with John Lewis & Partners, Marks & Spencer, Jigsaw and Misha Nonoo.

For two weeks, items were available on a 1:1 model, meaning that for every item bought by a customer, another was given to help a woman get back into the workplace.

Speaking in September 2019 on the day she launched the collection, Meghan said: “Since moving to the UK, it has been deeply important to me to meet with communities and organizations on the ground doing meaningful work and to try to do whatever I can to help them amplify their impact.”

The other charities also receiving grants today are The Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University Law Center, the National Women’s Law Center and the 19th, which Archewell describes as a “nonprofit newsroom that reports on gender, politics and policy.”

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