In Pictures: Meghan visits charity as royal patronages announced

The Duchess of Sussex has marked her move to take on of a range of patronages by visiting a women’s charity which supporting vulnerable jobseekers.

Meghan visited Smart Works at St Charles Hospital in North Kensington after Kensington Palace announced four patronages reflecting her interests in the arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare.

Duchess of Sussex announces patronages
Staff welcome Meghan to Smart Works (Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA)
Duchess of Sussex announces patronages
The duchess arrived wearing a dress from Hatch and tan coat by Oscar de la Renta (Victoria Jones/PA)
Duchess of Sussex announces patronages
Smart Works is a UK charity that provides high-quality interview clothes and training to unemployed women in need (Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA)
Duchess of Sussex announces patronages
Meghan looks at bags with Lady Juliet Hughes-Hallett (Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA)
Duchess of Sussex announces patronages
Women are referred from organisations such as jobcentres, work programmes, prisons, care homes, homeless shelters and mental health charities (Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA)
Duchess of Sussex announces patronages
Meghan shares a joke with Patsy Wardally (Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA)
Duchess of Sussex announces patronages
Smart Works was named as the Social Action Charity of the Year 2017 (Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA)
Duchess of Sussex announces patronages
Smart Works has helped more than 11,000 women and aims to dress 3,500 this year (Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA)
Duchess of Sussex announces patronages
Half of Smart Works’ clients are from an ethnic minority, long-term unemployed and have been unsuccessful with a large number of job applications (Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA)
Duchess of Sussex announces patronages
About 60% of the charity’s clients go on to get a job following their visit to Smart Works (Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA)
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Meghan does an interview preparation with Ruma Parvin (left) watched by interview coach Marina Novis (Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA)
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