A charity has released a new video showing the Duchess of Sussex mentoring a young woman ahead of a job interview.
Meghan is a patron of Smart Works, a London-based organisation offering unemployed women a coaching and dressing service if they have a confirmed interview.
The duchess has moved to Los Angeles with husband Harry and their young son Archie after the couple walked away from their life as working members of the Royal Family to become financially independent.
Nonetheless, Meghan has been keeping in touch with the UK charities and organisations she supports to learn how they are adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the end of March, the duchess joined the mentoring session with the unnamed young woman, chatting to her on a video call.
In a clip posted to Smart Works’ website and Twitter account, Meghan told the young woman: “You seem incredibly confident and prepared and I know everyone here is so excited.”
She added: “There is so much going on in the world right now and just to be such a beacon of hope and focusing on getting through it.
“All the positivity I just want to send your way to make sure you get on the other side of this.”
The American also praised the “inspiring” efforts of the charity which has had to adapt its work during the pandemic.
Meghan said Smart Works is doing an “amazing” job reorganising its initiatives that help clients prepare for interviews.
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.
— Smart Works Charity (@SmartWorksHQ) April 29, 2020
In a separate message to the charity’s clients, the duchess 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 programmes 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.”
Last autumn, the duchess launched a high street clothing range with accessories in support of the organisation’s work.
Speaking about her patronage, Meghan told the young woman: “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.”