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Meghan Markle made a stylish return to the royal event circuit. The Duchess of Sussex just arrived at the launch event for her Marks & Spencer collection that will benefit one of her patronages, SmartWorks. Meghan chose to wear a white blouse from the collection, a Ralph Lauren belt, black trousers, and brown heels. She accessorized with Princess Diana’s bracelet and butterfly earrings, pieces she has worn before.
The Duchess is set to speak during the event. “Meghan will make a short speech before watching a panel discussion with SmartWorks reps, two of its clients & Patron,” royal reporter Emily Andrews wrote on Twitter when the engagement was announced last week. “She’ll then meet Smart Works and brand representatives who will talk through the SW journey every client undergoes—including wardrobe and interview.”
This is Meghan’s first official event of the fall and marks her return from her maternity leave. Meghan welcomed her and Prince Harry’s first son, Archie Harrison, in May this year. The Duchess made a couple appearances over the summer, including two at Wimbledon and two with her husband Prince Harry. Meghan’s meeting with Beyoncé, of course, happened during her The Lion King premiere date with him.
Meghan was last photographed out on Saturday in New York City. The Duchess took a last-minute flight to the U.S. to cheer on her friend Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final on Saturday. Page Six reported that Meghan was “determined” to keep her trip low-profile.
A royal insider told that outlet that “after all the big fanfare of her [last New York City] trip for her two-day baby shower, where paparazzi followed her every move and staked out The Mark Hotel to catch Meghan, her famous friends and the array of gifts arriving, it seems Meghan has learned her lesson. She was in New York to support Serena, and catch up with a few other old friends, but was determined to keep everything very low-key and as under-the-radar as possible.” Meghan flew in Friday and left Sunday. She was photographed just once, at the game.