Duchess Meghan looked so happy when she stepped out to the launch of The Smart Set, her new capsule collection that’s been put together for her patronage Smart Works in collaboration with designer Misha Nonoo, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and Jigsaw. Not only was she sporting a blouse and trousers from the line, but she had an extra sparkle courtesy some jewellery once owned by the late Princess Diana!
The Duchess of Sussex wore a gold cuff bracelet and diamond butterfly earrings – treasured pieces from the late People’s Princess’s collection.
The bracelet is set with two cabochon stones that are likely sapphires of onyx, and Diana enjoyed wearing it at balls and galas. Meghan has worn it several times: Twice during her royal tour of Australia with Prince Harry in October 2018, and this past January at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
As for the earrings, the princess hardly ever wore them, and one of the occasions she brought them out was her 1986 tour of Canada, when she was seen wearing them in Prince George, B.C. Meghan brought them out for an appearance in Australia on the aforementioned tour.
These are far from the only pieces from Diana’s collection that Meghan owns. Several of Diana’s diamond were included in Meghan’s engagement ring, and the Duchess of Sussex was spotted wearing the late Princess of Wales’s aquamarine ring while leaving her wedding reception with Harry on May 19, 2018. That ring also made an appearance on the royal tour of Tonga in October 2018. Meghan also brought out a diamond bracelet once owned by Diana in Fiji during that same trip.
As we mentioned, Meghan was wearing a blouse and trousers from The Smart Set – the latter was designed by Jigsaw and the former, by Misha. She paired it with a Ralph Lauren belt and Manolo Blahnik heels. For every item bought from The Smart Set, a second will be purchased and donated to Smart Works, which helps women who are unemployed land jobs.
Meghan gave a speech at the event, in which she spoke about the importance of women empowering each other. It was her first official royal appearance since she went on maternity leave just before the birth of Archie Harrison in May.
“I think it’s really key in this day and age that we remember it’s not just about the people you know you’re supporting, it’s about the people you don’t know – that you may never know, may never meet,” she said.
“As women, it is 100 per cent our responsibility, I think, to support and uplift each other, to champion each other so we aim to succeed – not to set each other up for failure, but instead to really be there rallying round each other and say, ‘I want to help you.’
“And you may not ever meet that person, but you know when you put on that blazer or that shirt or you carry that tote or put on those trousers and that dress, that some other woman on the other side of this country is wearing that piece because you made that purchase.”
Diana would be very proud of her daughter-in-law!