Although Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are no longer working royals (and have instead moved to LA, where they’ve been spotted making food deliveries to local people), they’ve been demonstrating how keen they are to keep up with their charity work. Much like Prince William and Kate Middleton, they’ve adapted to the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, and have taken to using Zoom to connect with others.
Not long after Kate and William used the video chat service to speak with teachers and NHS staff, Harry was seen chatting away to families with vulnerable children back in the UK (offering a glimpse into his LA life in the process).
Today, a video of Meghan speaking with an unnamed young woman, via the charity Smart Works (which helps unemployed females get back into work), has been posted on the organisation’s official Instagram account. Meghan was shown offering words of encouragement and advice to the young woman, in preparation for a possible upcoming job she has (or perhaps has already had, given that the video is dated 27 March).
Fans were quick to flood the comments section with remarks about how much they missed seeing Meghan regularly, noting that she looked ‘beautiful’ in the video call.
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“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 programs to the reality of this pandemic. Their ability to continue to empower women and help them harness the confidence they need to succeed during this time is inspiring." – a message to our clients from the Duchess of Sussex. ⠀ Since moving to a virtual service six weeks ago we have delivered 200 hours of support to our clients. ⠀ From the volunteers who have been delivering coaching online to the staff working behind the scenes to make everything run smoothly – the energy, passion and commitment has been overwhelming. ⠀ We couldn’t do this without the support of our community and on the 27th March we were honoured that our patron, The Duchess of Sussex kindly volunteered some time to speak with one of our clients ahead of her interview, offering words of advice and encouragement. During the session the Duchess praised her for being “such a beacon of hope” and “focusing on getting through this”. ⠀ When asked about her patronage she said, “it’s a pleasure to support them, you see how great they do and how many people they help and that’s what it’s all about. I’ve been really proud to be able to be their patron, but it’s an easy yes when you have such incredible women helping you.” ⠀ After her session with the Duchess our client had this to say: ⠀ “I just wanted to say a big 'thank you' to you, the Duchess and the whole team at Smart Works for making this possible for women all around the UK, because to see such work is truly inspiring and uplifting. And thank you for the super useful interview tips – I will be using them for years to come!.” ⠀ The Smart Works service is available for any woman who is unemployed and has a confirmed job interview, referrals are made by our employment support partners including women’s charities and Job Centre Plus. Our mission is to help anyone who needs it, no matter the circumstances.
Others said how they were glad the video had brought awareness to the charity, with one user writing ‘Thank you for sharing! It’s great to hear about the charity.’
Discussing her partnership with Smart Works, Meghan said, ‘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 programs to the reality of this pandemic.’
‘Their ability to continue to empower women and help them harness the confidence they need to succeed during this time is inspiring.’
It’s lovely to see Meghan looking so happy – she’s definitely got a glow about her in that video! Fingers crossed the Smart Works client was able to find work after her involvement with the charity too.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan UK
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