Duchess Meghan volunteered to coach SmartWorks clients via Zoom

Okay, I’m laughing! I’m sure I’m about to yelled at too, but so be it! After several years of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge encroaching on the Sussexes’ events and trying to step on Harry and Meghan’s newscycles, a little tit for tat is always in order. Today is the Cambridges’ ninth anniversary, and they are not expected to make any kind of appearances on social media or anything like that. So… it was the perfect opportunity for the Duchess of Sussex’s patronage, Smart Works, to release a Zoom conversation Meghan had with one woman who was about to go on a job interview. Meghan apparently spoke to this young woman on March 27th. And SmartWorks decided to release it today! I love it. From SmartWorks:

“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 programs 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.” – a message to our clients from the Duchess of Sussex.

Since moving to a virtual service six weeks ago we have delivered 200 hours of support to our clients. From the volunteers who have been delivering coaching online to the staff working behind the scenes to make everything run smoothly – the energy, passion and commitment has been overwhelming.

We couldn’t do this without the support of our community and on the 27th March we were honoured that our patron, The Duchess of Sussex kindly volunteered some time to speak with one of our clients ahead of her interview, offering words of advice and encouragement. During the session the Duchess praised her for being “such a beacon of hope” and “focusing on getting through this”.

When asked about her patronage she said, “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.”

After her session with the Duchess our client had this to say: “I just wanted to say a big ‘thank you’ to you, the Duchess and the whole team at Smart Works for making this possible for women all around the UK, because to see such work is truly inspiring and uplifting. And thank you for the super useful interview tips – I will be using them for years to come!.”

[From SmartWorks IG]

Very sweet. And Meghan looks amazing in that video too – who the f–k looks THAT good in a video-conference? Can I also just say… maybe it’s just the angle of the camera or maybe it’s just the sweater, but I’m definitely getting preggo vibes.

The Telegraph had a nice (paywalled) story about Meghan’s volunteer work with SmartWorks via Zoom – she’s been helping coach clients from LA for a while now.


Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, visits Smart Works charity in West London

Photos courtesy of Backgrid, WENN and Avalon Red.

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

139 Responses to “Duchess Meghan volunteered to coach SmartWorks clients via Zoom”

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. Sofia says:

    This is a nice thing to do. I’m glad she’s keeping in touch with her UK patronages. Sort of like “We still care about the UK. Calm down everybody!”

    But watch some Cambridge stans whinge and moan this was released on their anniversary.

    • Ali says:

      The Sussexes are doing just what they wanted to do without the royal family undermining their work.

    • Sid says:

      They can moan about Camilla too. A really nice video was just released of her doing a video call promoting dance for the elderly.

    • Aria says:

      Cambriges and their stans and rest of the brf are salty when it comes to Sussex. Lol cambriges always whiny about stealing cambriges thunder I mean when you get this salty over sixth in line and his work with no hrh title ?? I mean cambriges are future king and queen and they are threaten by sixth in line means they have to reass their work.

    • songbirds_thrive says:

      Ha ha ha 😂 I don’t really think that Meghan is sitting back planning specific revenge on the Cambridges. Meghan is simply too positive a person. Apparently by just being herself, Meghan unwittingly is the Lamebridges’ worst nightmare, without even trying. 😜

      Obviously, Meghan does know how to fight back against being unfairly mistreated. And Meghan is also brilliant at strategizing her plans and projects. However, regarding the release of the video, we should probably look at it as not just being up to Meghan. Perhaps SmartWorks waited until the individual Meghan spoke to received a job offer, before deciding to set a date for releasing the video. In addition, SmartWorks would first have had to receive permission from Meghan and from the young lady she counseled in the video.

      Of course, it’s also possible that Meghan conferred from the beginning with SmartWorks about releasing one video conference out of possibly more than one that she engaged in on behalf of helping the charity assist their clients. Therefore, the timing could be a coincidence. But sure, maybe it isn’t. We don’t really know for sure. 😉

      • songbirds_thrive says:

        In addition, I do think we should examine what Meghan and Harry are doing for what it is, and not always have to reference the Cambridges, even as an afterthought. It occurs to me that M&H are simply trying to live their best lives, and to deal with the challenges they are facing on a day-by-day basis. Sure they have planned far ahead as well. But they are both smart, and they have smart advisers too.

        I don’t think we should underestimate Meghan & Harry. It appears to me that they always go about doing what they tell us they are planning to do. And then they also surprise us with what they don’t tell us about in advance!

        I learned from studying Meghan’s pre-Harry writings, interviews, her former Instagram and her Tig blog that she is a very positive, upbeat person. She loves encouraging other people with quotes that resonate and uplift. While it is surely upsetting to be confronted with negative people in her own intimate sphere, Meghan probably learned how to deal with that too, from a young age (via being unavoidably in contact with the crazy, bitter Markles).

        Meghan strikes me as not suffering fools gladly. When people show who they are, she believes them, and she end-runs their interfering with her personal path in life. She appears to put negativity aside in order to focus on what she can do that is within her control. And she doesn’t allow anyone to stop her from being herself and from doing what she is driven to do. Meghan keeps her eyes on the prize!

    • Smart works released it and I imagine that the organization does not have a breakdown of all the important days on the royal calendar —- which as we all know — has been embiggened to something royally important 365 days of the year. Now it seems it is not just the Sussexes stepping on royal news cycles, but every organization that works with them or references them. Give me a break! 😂. And good on Harry and Meghan for showing their work instead of just thinking about working:

      “When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.” ~Maya Angelou

  2. Amy says:

    I have to be honest I don’t think anyone is as petty as this site describes the Sussex or Cambridges. I think the Cambridges are like yeah its 9 years write about it don’t but who cares.

    I think Meghan here wanted to do something helpful and nice, and I don’t get why anyone would put a petty spin on it. That doesn’t make Meghan look good and what she is doing is Great!! She is taking time out of her day (not that we have a lot going on) to talk to people and help them. That should be the story. No need to pit people against each other and make it look like Meghan is doing something nice just to be mean and petty. I don’t like that framing and think it devalues what Meghan is doing.

    This is great and that girl does seem very confident so I hope she gets what she is looking for and Meghan helped her out.

    Good job not his Meghan and best of luck to the young woman she was speaking too.

    • Tiffany says:

      “I think the Cambridges are like yeah its 9 years write about it don’t but who cares.”

      *laughs* Oh Amy, they care. They care a lot.

      • MsIam says:

        They definitely care and their stans care even more.

      • Ruby_Woo says:

        @Tiffany: I didn’t really belive all that ‘the Cambridges were competing with Meghan nonsense’ until… those stunt photos of them boarding an EMPTY commercial plane to show just how ‘normal and down to earth they are’. Now I’ll believe anything!

      • Tiffany says:

        @Ruby. I was with you on the Cambridges as well. Was totally willing to give them a sliver of the benefit of a doubt. Then they had to show they ass because, that seems to be the only thing they are good at.

    • Becks1 says:

      I cant tell from your comments how long you’ve been a royal gossip follower, but its been pretty clear for a while now that the Cambridges absolutely care about the spotlight and press coverage etc. There have been enough strategic leaks and such around Sussex initiatives that its clear the Cambridges are that petty. And let’s not forget the ultimate petty move – the budget flight stunt.

      I don’t think Meghan is that petty but it must still be nice to just do your thing and not worry about what your BIL and SIL are doing .

      • Nic919 says:

        Hey remember when Becky English released an article about Kate’s Broken Britain project the weekend before the Grenfell Cookbook launched? Yeah I am sure that was a total coincidence. We’ve yet to see anything from that project years later.

      • Becks1 says:

        How dare you Nic919. HOW DARE YOU. She released a 5 question survey almost a year and a half later. How could you forget?!?!?!

      • Nic919 says:

        Yes the five question survey that was 8 years in the making. And we still don’t have the results.

    • Sofia says:

      “I have to be honest I don’t think anyone is as petty as this site describes the Sussex or Cambridges.”

      Are you talking about the same Cambridges who let themselves be photgraphed entering a budget flight the day AFTER Harry and Meghan were photographed leaving a Private Jet and getting backlash for it?

      And don’t say “The Cambridges didn’t know they were going to be photographed/It’s not their fault!” because a) that flight was apparently flown empty just to pick up the Cambridges (or something like that) and b) if they didn’t want their photos in the public domain, they would have threatened to got them removed just like William threatening newspapers to not report on any Rose rumours.

      • Mary says:

        Kate has her old get papped “the day after” down pat. Remember all those times that she just happened to get papped (driving on a school run, at a train station, shopping ..). the day after Meghan had been photographed, had an engagement or otherwise got any attention? The last one I recall seeing was Kate out shopping in London in a blue coat when Meghan had just recently worn a blue dress of almost exactly the same color during the Sussex farewell engagements.

        Kate was not papped like that in London in years until Meghan came along and then all of a sudden there are “day after” pics of her. I really think that in her petty, jealous little head she thinks that the last one to be seen in the press “wins” and will be remembered longer by the public

      • Pam says:

        A couple of things.

        Pictures were taken and sold by a passenger of the plane. His name was attached to them. He posted them on his twitter account. So no, William could not tell reporters not to post them because pictures were on social media.

        They didn’t fly on an empty plane. The company relocated an empty plane but all passengers that were supposed to be in the original plane travelled together. I suggest you read and understand news before coming here to spread stupid nonsense about people. Same as with the affair you all are regurgitating here. The people that originally posted that information admitted publicly that they had made it up and had no evidence whatsoever about it. But hey, you just don’t care because you can keep on mocking a woman that has done nothing to you. And then you complain because people criticize Meghan when she writes platitudes on bananas to prostitutes…

      • Lady D says:

        Pam, you believe what you read there, but not what you read here? Your choice:)

      • Sofia says:

        @Pam: There have been some people who claim to be Toff adjacent (not just on this site and Twitter) and have admitted something was going on. And the irony of you believing “stupid nonsense” when you probably believe every story in the Daily Mail. So pot calling Kettle black here.

        And as for pictures, KP could have asked for them to be removed as they have done in the past when people have taken pictures of the Cambridges.

        And as for the banana thing – You guys are still on that? Holy shit it’s been a year! Get over it. Because the charity did 2 seconds later and even tweeted that it was a good thing. And the banana idea was the charities. Not Meghan’s. So go blame them.

        I would rather support a woman who writes cheesy messages on some damn bananas over a woman who has on multiple occasions literally shown her damn arse, wears hot pink to a memorial and has to hide racist paintings when a black leader comes to visit.

      • Beach Dreams says:

        @Pam: Absolutely NO ONE who discussed the affair on Twitter said that they made it up. That tinhatter lie became old very quickly. And boy, all your talking points sure do hit the tinhatter checklist.

      • Nic919 says:

        The plane incident was recorded on video by a paparazzi. The RPO would not have let him film the kids that closely without knowing it was happening. And besides that the photos would have been removed from the Daily Mail had the Cambridges objected to it. Just like they have when the kids were seen at the store with Kate. Photos of the kids are always published with consent of the Cambridges. Always. The British media knows this and it is simply lying to pretend otherwise.

      • songbirds_thrive says:

        Ah for sure the Cambridges have shown they are petty and insecure. There are numerous examples of their pettiness!

        As I said, M&H are focused on their own lives, and have made the moves they needed to make to end-run Cambridge leaks and interference. Other than that, Harry probably feels a sense of betrayal, but I don’t think he and Meghan are spending a lot of time worrying about what the Cambridges are doing. They simply aren’t going to allow either the Cambridges or any of the royals to dictate who they are and what they are going to do moving forward.

        It’s probably a coincidence that the video was released at this time, especially since it was released by SmartWorks, not Meghan. I understand the inclination to think the timing was on purpose. In the scheme of things, the timing doesn’t matter.

        It’s similar to the over-emphasis on M&H’s events sometimes overlapping with the events of other senior royals. Actually, overlap of engagements and projects happens all the time among all the royals.

        I once saw a Kate-stan claim that Meghan was wrong to schedule her wedding date so soon after Kate gave birth to Louis. That claim is ridiculous and laughable. Neither Meghan nor Harry had control over scheduling logistics for their wedding. They were consulted, but it would have been higher-ups planning for the day who looked at schedules months in advance and consulted with the Queen, the Archbishop and the minister of St. George’s Chapel. Plus, everyone involved surely kept in mind Kate’s due date.

        Kate didn’t have any problems, even if she may have suffered some post-partum depression, she gave birth fairly easily and she was out of the hospital the same day, looking more fabulous than most mothers who have just given birth. Kate looked fine at M&H’s wedding too, even when she was making faces at Bishop Curry’s unexpected ‘sermon’ performance.

    • Natalee says:

      Sis, the Cambridge’s are the people who arranged to go on a “commercial” flight (to the cost of thousands of extra dollars and fuel emissions) just to capitalize on bad press their relatives were getting.

    • Jaded says:

      Not petty? The Cambridges not petty? Lest you forget, remember the pissy faces at the CW ceremony? Kate’s face of thunder? William’s jaw clenched so tight it’s a wonder his teeth didn’t break? That was capital “P” pissy and totally uncalled for on a day that was supposed to be about celebrating the commonwealth in all its diversity, and the Cambridges ruined it with their immature, jealous and selfish behaviour.

    • pineapple says:

      Hey Amy, It’s not just the Cambridge’s that are petty. I think it is the entire family. The British Royal family is historically horrid to one another. There is a relative of their’s who killed several wives. The petty backstabbing, the competition and the judgement is, at this point, I think, pervasive. It is why Meghan and Harry actually left the castle and the Country. I think for many, many people the level of competition with family members would be intolerable.

      If you read about their history, you will see how dysfunctional it all is. Are they truly that petty? It might seem hard to believe but I think, yes, yes they are just that petty.

  3. OriginalLala says:

    Raise your laptop up (I use old encyclopedias) and get some good lighting and it’s amazing how good you can look on a Zoom call. I somehow have managed to look better on Zoom calls than I usually do in real life at work lol

    • Ali says:

      I look like trash in zoom calls.

    • Becks says:

      I stack up my big art books to raise up my laptop also. It really makes a difference! I also use light, either natural (window) or from my desk lamp.

    • Flamingo says:

      For some reason I look much better on my MacBook than on my Dell work computer, so I’ve been doing all of my zoom calls on my Mac. I second the elevation trick.

    • minx says:

      Same. I have a tall square lamp table, I put some heavy books on it and prop up my iPad. Then I sit on the floor on a pillow, leaning against my couch. It’s comfy. I don’t want to look up anyone’s nostrils or have them look up mine.

    • Jessa says:

      Yep, this! Plus Zoom has a ‘Beauty Mode’ soft focus filter – I wish I looked like I do in my Zoom calls all the time.

  4. Sojaschnitzel says:

    She looks amazing and I LOLed at the timing. Love it.

    • Ali says:

      The timing is perfect!

    • songbirds_thrive says:

      Ah, Meghan looks absolutely blooming and fresh-faced in this video! She’s not wearing a lot of make-up. But she probably favors a natural look most of the time when she’s not attending special events, etc.

      To me, Meghan seems younger than ever. This is probably due to her healthy, balanced lifestyle which includes yoga, meditation and eating right. I’m sure she also feels happy to be back in her home state with her husband and her son. A lot of stress and anxiety has probably been lifted from her shoulders too. Whether or not she’s preggers at the moment, we don’t know yet. It’s possible.

      I’m really loving the color of Meghan’s top, and her pulled-back straight hairstyle, with what looks like small French braids at the top, extending on either side of her down-the-middle part. She’s definitely allowed her hair to grow out longer, and she’s letting it remain straight without a lot of flowing waves. Maybe it’s simply easier for her to manage with straight styles as a busy mother, wife, and working woman.

  5. MsIam says:

    Got to give it to Meghan she’s good! At least she’s not sitting around eating cookies all day, not that I would know anything about that….

    • Lady D says:

      I bake them first, so that counts as exercise. I’m currently obsessing over chewy oatmeal/golden raisin cookies with a cinnamon buttercream filling. (Anna Olsen recipe) Way too good unfortunately.

    • Harper says:

      I am literally stuffing a just-baked chocolate chip cookie in my mouth as I read this. Lunch dessert! But I did work off 25 calories standing up to make them.

  6. S808 says:

    how does she look this good on zoom?!?!?! I ALWAYS look a mess even with my hair done and makeup on!

  7. Toot says:

    Meghan is dedicated and I’m happy for her patronages. Smartworks chose the date I’m assuming, so the drop date is on them.

    • Christina says:

      Yes, I am assuming that SmartWorks released this, not the Duchess. They care about her and I think that the Executive Director probably released on this date because s/he wanted to send a message to the public about how valuable Meghan is to their actually, real life work, about how much she could have done for the British people. It highlights how horribly she was treated. Traditionalist royal watchers will spin this to blame the Duchess of Sussex, but she is now a private citizen volunteering with an organization that handles its own publicity.

      Screw the Cambridges. They should have been better people.

      • Chelle says:

        The Cambridges couldn’t pull something off like this with any credibility anyway. When have either of them ever had a job interview? And the BS story talking about Kate was a buyer for Jigsaw doesn’t pass muster in this case because that was a friend of the family / we already know you job placement.

      • L4frimaire says:

        Are these organizations supposed to stop working and raising awareness because it’s someone’s anniversary? Is it a national holiday or do people have nothing else to worry about? It’s not like they work with them. I barely remember my own in-laws anniversary ( I know the month, not the exact date). Every time the Sussexes do something or someone else gives them a shout out, someone gets their nose out of joint. Whatever. By the way Meghan looks really good on that call.

      • songbirds_thrive says:

        Exactly @Christina! SmartWorks scheduled the date most likely. And definitely, screw the Lamebridges!

      • songbirds_thrive says:

        And right @L4frimaire, a lot of people are just so extra and so thirsty when it comes to the Sussexes.

        SMH on a rotisserie! 😜

      • songbirds_thrive says:

        @Chelle said:
        “… And the BS story talking about Kate was a buyer for Jigsaw doesn’t pass muster…”

        The funny thing is that Kate hanging around for a ‘hot minute’ at Jigsaw was used by a rotten RR to try and spin that Kate Unable actually had silly freakin’ zip to do with Meghan’s SmartWorks workwear design project. 😵 Such deliberate asinine foolishness on the part of that RR. We know the idea and the patronage both belong to Meghan. And once the project was launched, the clothes offered to the public sold out almost immediately, hugely benefiting SmartWorks and their clients.

        The entire reason Meghan asked Edward Enninful if she could guest-edit British Vogue was in order to help charities, her patronages, and so many people, which she did!

        It goes without saying that Kate is not only Unable, she actually doesn’t have many ideas to speak of, much less substantial projects seen through to beneficial fruition.

        It was blasphemy for the RR to even mention Kate Unable in the same breath with Meghan’s work. They were also dastardly in having the insane nerve to criticize Meghan for the British Vogue guest editorship, and then to turnaround and practically ignore the success of her subsequent SmartWorks project.

        Moreover, Meghan did all of this real, substantial work while she was pregnant, and after giving birth and being busy as a new Mom and a put upon WOC in the petty royal family!

  8. Quincytoo says:

    The vile Duddly Moan commenters are going crazy that how dare Meagan release this on such a very special day
    Commenters saying she has never worked and other dribble
    Of course my comment was delated 🤨

    • Bella says:

      Meghan has never worked?
      Those commenters literally exist in a parallel universe, don’t they?

    • songbirds_thrive says:

      Fuddly-Duddlies with nothing better to do than to endlessly whine and moan on the despicable Daily Fail. I never give that rag any clicks. I surely can’t be bothered with the negativity of their cesspool comments section either.

      Meghan and Harry never play around when it comes to doing the work they are passionate about. As I said earlier, M&H should NOT be under-estimated. They are smart, focused, energetic and intent on doing what’s in front of them, and what they can to help others, while also taking care of their own lives in a purposeful, responsible way. I think they take the time to have fun, as well as getting down to business and not wasting their days worrying about things out of their control.

      Meghan already told us pre-Harry who she is. She once said on the Tig about her bond with Serena Williams, that they are both the same in being, “endlessly ambitious,” and always being intent upon “exceeding expectations.” Straight-up, work-hard divas!

      Meghan is a bad-a$$, do-right woman, taking care of her do-right man, and her sweet son, Archie. As Vee of SussexSquad says on her podcast, taking from a song lyric, ‘The royal family coulda had a bad b**ch.’ Too late now. They rejected Meghan and attempted to slight and devalue her. They were and are in the wrong for doing so.

      The firm coulda put up a united front and demanded the Cambridges to chill. The monarch even coulda allowed M&H to be part-time senior royals or at the very least given them more flexibility in how they conducted their roles, as well as put the kibosh on the trash British tabloids! Unfortunately, QE-II and PC paid heed to the wrongest advice this side of forever. It is what it is.

      • Agree. The Cambridge’s were allowed — by the Queen — to step back for over 5 years, yet the Sussexes hit the ground running almost from day one. The Cambridge’s are still ‘stepped back’ as they do little to nothing, but hey —- let’s all drink that kool-aid and think they are working hard and making a real difference.

  9. Case says:

    I don’t think the timing has anything to do with the Cambridge’s, just a coincidence. Harry and Meghan seem above that and genuinely just want to help people. Love this video. Meghan is undeniably a kindhearted, down-to-earth person. I just like her so much.

    • Becks1 says:

      I agree that I think the timing is just a coincidence (maybe the client got the job, so they’re releasing this now, but didn’t want to release it before she had the job) but its still hilarious to me just to see the breakdowns on social media.

    • Guest with Cat says:

      I absolutely agree!

    • songbirds_thrive says:

      Yes, I agree @Case. As hard as it is for the haterz and trolls to want to recognize, I think it’s obvious that Meghan is a genuinely kind, warm-hearted person who truly cares about people. She’s both sweet and tough, which is a rare combination, especially when it also comes with the fact she’s brilliant and gorgeous.

      From what I can tell, Meghan puts her best foot forward all the time. She’s surely not perfect, but it’s really hard to see where her imperfections are. Perhaps in some of her mannerisms that she picked up as an actor, or perhaps in her seeming naivete on certain topics. Still I sense that she learns from her mistakes, and from her experiences, and then she applies what she learns. Some might think that Meghan is overly positive to a fault, but I think that’s better than being whiny and miserable most of the time. As far as Meghan being ambitious and a go-getter, that’s not a fault when your heart is in the right place for the right reasons.

      As her Suits castmates recognized and said, “Meg gets sh*t done!”

  10. Ali says:

    I’m calling it.

    The Sussexes will release a photo of Archie on his birthday and he will be wearing a “Thomas the Train Big Brother t-shirt”.

    • Ali says:

      And if I’m right then the next headline will be “Meghan announces pregnancy on Kate’s wedding anniversary!”

    • MrsBanjo says:

      That would be amazing and adorable.

    • GM says:

      I would DIE…. oh my gosh please let this happen! haha

      • songbirds_thrive says:

        Tee hee. If indeed Meg is again in the family way, perhaps a second baby in November around her and Harry’s 3-year engagement anniversary! 😃

  11. Nev says:

    Go on Duchess!

  12. Mtec says:

    She looks beautiful. I love that hairstyle on her

  13. misstig2 says:

    She’s so beautiful inside and out, an unbothered queen!

    • songbirds_thrive says:

      ^^ Exactly. I don’t think Meghan is perfect, because of course no one is or could be perfect. Most likely, Meghan works on improving any of her faults so they’re not that evident. Also, practicing positivity and seeing the glass half-full means being cheerful, which attracts good vibes. The very real thing for me that I see in Meghan is that she’s an exemplary role model. She’s down-to-earth and she works extremely hard (almost to a fault, if you can fault someone working and taking care of business with an intensity of focus and purpose, while also being lighthearted and having fun)!

      Meghan was just raised right, and she knows who she is. But above all, she truly cares about other people, which is much more than just a notion. Her heart is full and giving. And when you give with your whole heart authentically, you receive — perhaps sometimes beyond what you could possibly imagine (as in Meghan’s case). However, as we also see in Meghan’s example, good deeds and blessings do not prevent us from being tested and challenged at the same time.

      Anyone who actually takes the time to pay attention, can learn a lot from the example of Meghan and Harry, on so many levels. But most people are too lazy to see beyond the surface of things or to think for themselves because they’re too busy whining, complaining and hating for no good reason. Or too busy being insecure and petty. 😜

  14. Charfromdarock says:

    I don’t understand how anyone could not like or hate Meghan.

    She’s a hard worker who is consistently sweet and positive.

    • Christina says:

      And that is why the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be successful. They will be just fine. As the Royal Rota spins their tales, Meg and Harry will continue to work their magic on the world from California. Genuine sweetness and hope shine brightly when foiled by pettiness and weird spin.

    • Aria says:

      Keen katie fans doesnt like Meghan solely because of her race and work . They admire kate because wait what she does with other having reproducing?? She is bland and stupid , cant strong two sentences together with all that private schools.

    • AnnaKist says:

      I’m with you, Charfromdarock. My sister called in on for coffee Saturday after having her flu shot at a medical centre near me. We’re allowed one visitor and must still observe physical distancing. She had a pic on her phone of Meghan wearing that green frock. Her words, as she angled the phone towards me: “This green dress that Meghan Markle wore. Did you see it? I can’t stand her, but I love the colour of that dress. The colour really suits me.” I asked why she didn’t like Meghan. Reply: “I just can’t stand her.” Makes sense, if you know my sister. I’m sure she’s as besotted with Kate as she was with Diana, so I said, “You are allowed to like both Kate AND Meghan, you know.” She ignored me and began talking about working from home…

    • Ginger says:

      I think that is why Kate stans hate her. Their fav could never be like this if she tried. I don’t think she has done a solo video conference since this pandemic. All of them have been with William (correct me if I’m wrong) She could do a nice kid related video for her early years thing. A missed opportunity.

      Meghan is stunning and I loved how genuine she is.

  15. TheOriginalMia says:

    SmartWorks released this so I’ll give them props in the petty department. Meghan is just being Meghan. Smart, compassionate and professional. It’s good to see SmartWorks is continuing their good works during the pandemic.

    • Ruby_Woo says:

      All that talk of the charities being ‘abandoned’ by them leaving the country. They’re getting on just fine!

      • songbirds_thrive says:

        ^^ Right! I can’t wait to see the project(s) Meghan is surely working on now behind-the-scenes with the National Theatre. Of course, some plans and projects will most likely be delayed due to the pandemic and aftermath.

    • Mustlovedogs says:

      And she listens. Actually pauses in the natural flow of the conversation and listens to the other person. No talking over them, or nervous giggling. She is wonderful. As I’ve said before- Being truly genuine is very hard to fake.

      • Yeah, and I noticed when the young woman was speaking the clip actually showed her another Meghan. That last video of Kate and William, the clip almost never showed the interviewer just one or both of the Cambridges.

  16. Ruby_Woo says:

    I’m quite enjoying the Sussexes not having their own active personal social media, but just popping up on various charity accounts like this. It feels like a treasure hunt… and Meghan is the gold!

  17. RoyalBlue says:

    the sussexes no longer have to bother about trampling on other news cycles as they are no longer working royals. they can do what they bloody well want.

    by releasing this they are showing they are dedicated, making a difference and working. So yes Catty, it is possible to work during the lockdown. Although she must be enjoying this lockdown time of doing nothing, playing tennis and swimming in the indoor pool decked in jewels. she doesn’t know what to do with herself since the busted fake survey flopped.

  18. Harla says:

    Great video! I love the camera angle that Meghan and Harry have been using! It’s much nicer than having the camera below the speaker, that tends to make them look as though they are looking down on you (I see you W&K). However, I would like it if M&H made their chats a bit more personal by having something other than a blank wall behind them. That’s one thing that I’ve really liked about Charles’, Camillas and the Wessex’s videos, you get a bit of insight into them personally, their tastes and decor. I get that the younger royals are a bit obsessed with no one seeing into their personal space but a plant and a painting would be nice.

    • fluffybunny says:

      They’re in a rented house so they likely don’t have anything personal there to show us.

      • yinyang says:

        Harry and Meghan need to buy a house, as they don’t have royal restrictions this would be a wise investment.

      • Harla says:

        But surely even a rental has a piece of artwork or a flower arrangement. I can’t imagine Meghan living in a house with bare walls and no flowers

    • Ginger says:

      I think it’s deliberate. I’m sure the press would analyze and criticize everything they see.

    • Yoyo says:

      I disagree, keep a blank background, let the bitter people, eat themselves Up because what can they criticize?

    • Jaded says:

      I think the lack of personal stuff in the background is deliberate. She wants the focus to be on SmartWorks and the young woman she’s talking to, not on figuring out how much the painting behind her is worth.

      • HMC says:

        I think they should put a cat portrait behind them. Then the stalkers and the haters can tie themselves up in knots on whether they now have a cat!

  19. PGC says:

    This is just such a nice thing. I hope it gives other charities ideas about ways to continue supporting their clients and that it inspires other professionals stuck at home to look for ways to give back. The timing just couldn’t be better for a project like this to get positive attention.

  20. YankeeTexan says:

    She looks super pretty! I thought she looked preggo in some of the paparazzi pics of her delivering the meals a few weeks ago, but couldn’t tell if it was just the kind of pants she was wearing.

    • Ginger says:

      Same here. It could just be wishful thinking on my part though. Her face just looks slightly fuller and she has such a glow.

  21. aquarius64 says:

    Great work for Meghan. Keep it moving dear.

  22. yinyang says:

    Could be preggo vibes Kaiser, pain in breast is the first sign. ANyway, Meghan looks great sounds great, I think Meghan is the kind that just wants to work, maybe she chose to release this today as to not draw too much attention to herself (negative critism)–she figured everyone would be talking about the Cashbridges anniversary. Anyway, she’s in her element here, so much more natural than the others, she’s got a really soothing and natural voice I hope she keeps doing this.

  23. Bella says:

    How lovely that she is connecting with her patronages. I love how it’s such a personal commitment for both M and H and they take such joy and pride in the charities’ progression. She did loads of auditions so is no doubt a great source of interview tips.

    I seriously doubt if SmartWorks knew or cared about the W&K anniversary.

    Definitely also getting preggo vibes – hope I’m not kidding myself but wasn’t this done a month ago? How far along could she be?

  24. MA says:

    I doubt Smart Works did it to be petty. They, like 90% of Britain, don’t care about the royals. I bet the Cambs wedding anniversary isn’t even on most people’s radar, like do people even track celebrity anniversaries?? So weird. I didn’t know it was today until I read this post.

    • Guest with Cat says:

      lol my husband and I honestly sometimes lose track of our own anniversary. There are a lot of family birthdays around that same time and we lose track in the shuffle.

      The same can be said of the Cambridges. They just had two kid birthdays didn’t they? Now an Anniversary? Are all charities supposed to go silent out of deference to a day they probably aren’t making a fuss of themselves? What are they going to do? Have a special dinner? Get romantic? Exchange cards? And for that, everyone else has to stop doing anything else worthwhile?

      There are 3 kids and two of them. There’s always going to be something on their calendar. Their stans need to just chill.

  25. Awkward symphony says:

    This was a wonderful suprise. The RRs are having temper tantrums about being “restricted”🙄I love how the charity released this on this specific day😂the cambridge stans are losing it and they cant vent on Sussexroyal anymore

    The duchess looked stunning. That’s what happens when you are UNproblematic and kind. Life repays you back greatly by blessing you with a wonderful loving family hence her happy glow

    • Ginger says:

      The downside is they are spewing their hatred on the SmartWorks twitter page. They are pathetic and sad. They think the world stops on this day. A lot of people didn’t know it was their anniversary.

      • MsIam says:

        You know it’s really crazy. W&K will be king and queen for a long time most likely. How long will these wackos keep this up? As long as someone keeps paying them?

      • Nic919 says:

        Wow that’s pathetic. Going after a patronage because of an insane hatred of Meghan is just deranged.

    • Isn’t Meghan slightly older than Kate? Kate must hate that she looks at least 10 years older than Meghan. Unless she is photoshopped, Kate looks haggard.

  26. Guest with Cat says:

    Well I could be wrong but she looks the same as she always does. If there was anything that drove me close to homicidal it was people speculating if I was pregnant, especially when it was just menstrual bloat or an extra donut.

    Wake me when there’s an actual formal announcement of her pregnancy. Otherwise I’ll just skim past the womb watch.

    She is a stunning woman and she looks very happy. She looks FREE. She is glowing because she’s not in Britain getting sniped at for not wearing nylons rather than getting publicity for a good cause for which she worked tirelessly on for months behind the scenes.

    • songbirds_thrive says:

      @Guest with Cat, M&H may or may not decide to make a formal announcement of another pregnancy, whenever a conception has been confirmed by her doctors. If Meg is pregnant now, they may wish to ease along quietly for as long as possible in order to avoid as much of the ensuing and ongoing media frenzy as they can.

      Fortunately, Meghan will not have to be publicly on display over the coming months, and thus, if she’s pregnant she can enjoy some relative peace for a few months, which she was not afforded during her first pregnancy.

      As we know, Meghan always gets a lot done, but she’s especially productive and creative while pregnant!

  27. Yoyo says:

    Darn! Harry looks great reading the intro for, Thomas the Royal Engine, and Meghan is fine.
    Funny that KP Instagram is not growing, Cain and unable will be reading children’s book in public next.

    • Harry and Meghan both look great: relaxed, confident, and happy. All I can say is Harry must be a world class actor if he can look that good while — according to the tab’roids’ —- he is so depressed, fragile, and unhappy!

  28. Lizzie says:

    I honestly don’t remember ever seeing a pic of Meghan where she didn’t look stunning.

  29. Abena Asantewaa says:

    I am loving Meghan’s quarantine braids. She looks like sweet sixteen. Fresh and bright. Oh, and what a voice, fluent with good diction. Still is the treasured royal patron for SMARTWORKS.

  30. Well-Wisher says:

    This patron is such a good fit for the Duchess. She succeeded in the gig economy by being a creative with excellent work ethic. I can see how this move away from the UK can work. Score one for Information Technology.

    On a shallow note -She’s simply glowing. Amazing how the indomitable spirit prevails in the absence of intrusive reportage.

    Simply beautiful.

    • boobra says:

      totally agree with all your points. especially about her looking so happy now. she always appeared so tense and brittle in public in the UK. if i could give her a hug, i really would

    • L4frimaire says:

      Really nice points made. Don’t understand why some people are continuously surprised they continue to maintain connections with their patronages. work on other things, and just do stuff.

  31. Nyro says:

    Wonderful! And the SmartWorks people are #sussexsquad all the way. They always make a point of stressing what a great patron she’s been for them. They know what’s going on and I feel like they purposely chose this date. And if they did, good for them.

  32. Alexandria says:

    I swear if Meghan and Angelina get into a zoom call to talk about issues affecting women and girls, the Internet would crash. I hope Merkel and Jacinda join too!

  33. ABritGuest says:

    BP just posted on Sophie working at a food bank (she’s doing the best out of the BRF during this crisis) yesterday and CH posted about a new patronage for Camilla& her video call to accompany this news. However, I doubt the ‘fans’ spewing at SmartWorks for ‘overshadowing’ the Cambridge’s anniversary are upset about these posts.

    • L4frimaire says:

      That’s the thing. They don’t care what the other working royals do, just what Meghan does, even thought they’re in another country during a pandemic . I’m sure the Sussexes sent them a card.

    • Along with the Sussexes — I think Charles, Camilla, and Sophie are doing it right on trying to do something during all this. I think the Cambridge kids clapping was the most positively impactful ‘work’ William and Kate have done so far.

  34. ProfPlum says:

    The comments on the Fail are, predictably, insane. They’re so BOTHERED by, of all things, her teeth. Can someone explain this to me? Why are they so annoyed that her teeth are white and well cared for?

    • Bella says:

      They pick a thing to get worked up about and run with it. Last time she had “new lips”. Apparently.

      It’s their way of saying they can’t believe how good she looks – some form of cheating must be involved.

    • yinyang says:

      If Meg’s got a fake tan, lost 50 lbs until she was rail thin, and had a stylist and wardrobe consultant do her hair and wardrobe just enough but not enough to look overdone…Kate would be jealous, they would be satisfied, but Meghan wouldn’t.

  35. Bella says:

    And fgs, what is even the significance of a nine-year anniversary?

    A wedding anniversary is only meaningful to the couple involved, and (since they are famous) their fans. No-one else.
    Fake “important day”, just an excuse to hate on our lovely Megs.

  36. Awkward symphony says:

    “I swear if Meghan and Angelina get into a zoom call to talk about issues affecting women and girls, the Internet would crash. I hope Merkel and Jacinda join too!”

    Amen to that🙏of all the daily fail conspiracies I’m praying for that one to come true! They always bish about how she’s “copying” Angie or wants to be “trained” by her(despite Meghan workimh with UN and speaking at unwomen even a year before harry😒).My dream is to see Angie, Amal and Meghan hosting a fundraiser together to raise money for a UN program(a common interest among the laddies) benefiting women #GirlPower

  37. Jay says:

    This is great! Meghan really knows how to play to her strengths, and she is so good at engaging people and making them comfortable. Somebody above mentioned this, but it’s worth harping on: who else in the royal family would ever have experienced a job interview, let alone being able to share strategies?

  38. Cg2495 says:

    Meghan is truly a beautiful woman. She looks radiant here and very happy. I’m glad they (charity) released this video!

  39. Karen says:

    Shame she really tries so hard to be something, doesn’t she? Except she’ll fail forever because there’s nothing genuine or likeable about her.

  40. BendyWindy says:

    The secrets to looking good on video calls are: lighting, having the camera at eye level, and using a webcam with good resolution. Easy peasy…yet SO rare if my zoom experience is normal. Sigh.