We are back with news about newly-announced projects Meghan has worked over the past several months.
The first is a joint endeavor of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, a crisis texting service called Shout.
Shout will allow people to open up a text chat with a volunteer working remotely, most likely at home, who has been trained to listen, reassure and guide people.
All the text conversations are anonymous, unless the client wants to give their name, and are reviewed in real time by a panel of qualified psychotherapists who can take control if they feel there is a problem in the direction of the discussion.
Below, the Duke and Duchess at an event in November with Shout volunteers.
There are already 1000+ volunteers, but the royals hope to get another 3000 involved. Victoria Murphy has details on their training in her Town and Country story:
Volunteers complete 25 hours of online training and need to commit two to four hours per week. They are supported by clinical supervisors along with an algorithm to help detect if a person is at a greater degree of risk. Volunteer Jo Irwin described the experience as “life-changing,” saying,“I’ve had support that I’ve never imagined and I get to help people up and down the U.K. that really need an ear.”
Research by Shout suggests 85% of the texts received during the pilot were sent by people aged 25 or younger.
“That is 60,000 moments when people who were feeling scared, frightened and alone were able to use their phone to connect with someone who could support them,” Prince William said at a launch event at Kensington Palace.
A graphic from the Shout website.
You can see the entire launch video in the window below.
You may recall Camfed Executive Director Angeline Murimirwa, second from right, was on the International Women’s Day panel that Meghan was part of in March. Camfed works to empower girls in Africa through education and leadership opportunities.
In the video message the Duchess says, “As I said on International Women’s Day, a girl who is educated becomes a woman who is influential.”
In this video from last night you see two other panel members, Annie Lennox and Julia Gillard.
— Jordan Shapiro (@jordosh) May 10, 2019
I don’t think the Camfed and Shout videos are the only things we’ll see from the Duchess in terms of work she did in the run-up to her maternity leave.
Now for our look at What Meghan Wore, starting with what looks like a navy coat worn to the November event.
UPDATE 5/13: Meghan’s coat is by Stella McCartney from the designer’s A/W 2018 Collection. The coat is no longer available.
A tip of the tiara to Caroline Parr for sharing her confirmation of the coat designer with us.
You can see the oversized lapels on the garment; there is also what appears to be intricate embroidery as well as beading or sequins.
It turns out Meghan isn’t the only one fond of the design. Below, Reese Witherspoon wearing what looks like the same piece in March 2018. The actress was in New York to tape The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
The coat looks like it is wool or a wool blend, with button detailing at the cuff and a self-belt.
Our thanks to Innominate on Twitter for discovering the pictures of Ms. Witherspoon wearing the coat!
Meghan also wore her Pippa Small, 18kt Gold Kyanite Stud Earrings, $590.00.
Upon sifting through several images of Meghan from the event, it appears she may be wearing her Birks ‘Bee Chic’ earrings, ($270 CAD, about $205). From what we can see, they appear to be the white quartz pair which are no longer available.
This pair below from Amazon – the Halo Stud Earrings 18K White Gold Plated, $9.99 are a great #MatchMegStyle —
Below, the Duchess watches the Duke deliver remarks.
UPDATE 5/11: Above, you can see Meghan sitting on the stage just to the left of Harry. She may be wearing the faux leather leggings from her collaboration collection with Reitman’s.
The Faux Leather Legging by Meghan Markle, Reitmans, $9.99 (no longer available).
These leggings have more of a true leather look with less shine to them verses the Hatch Collection pair suggested below.
She has also worn these leggings previously on 17 March 2016 for the AOL BUILD Event held in NYC.
Meghan’s Mirror suggested she is wearing the Night Out Faux-Leather Leggings ($158) by Hatch Collection, a brand Meghan has worn before. We show the leggings at Hatch, but they are also available at Shopbop.
We’ll leave you with some Friday Fun, a darling Disney animation honoring the arrival of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
It is just 25-seconds in length, but very sweet.