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By Tony Jones

The Duchess of Sussex has announced she is to launch a clothing range aimed at supporting a charity empowering women to find employment.

Meghan has teamed up with leading high street retailers and designer Misha Nonoo, asking them to create a timeless series of outfits - known as a capsule collection - that can be worn in the workplace.

The project in aid of Smart Works, which provides training and interview clothes to unemployed women in need, will see an item donated to the charity -which Meghan supports as royal patron - for each one bought.

Writing in the September issue of British Vogue, which she has guest-edited, Meghan said: "When you walk into a Smart Works space you're met with racks of clothing and an array of bags and shoes. Sometimes, however, it can be a potpourri of mismatched sizes and colours, not always the right stylistic choices or range of sizes.

"To help with this, I asked Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, Jigsaw and my friend, the designer Misha Nonoo, if they were willing to design a capsule collection of more classic options for a workwear wardrobe.

"Taking the idea further, many of the brands agreed to use the one-for-one model: for each item purchased by a customer, one is donated to the charity. Not only does this allow us to be part of each other's story, it reminds us we are in it together."

The duchess privately visited Smart Works several times before being named as its royal patron, and has worked with some of the women who have benefited from the charity's support.

Meghan has had a long-standing commitment to supporting women's empowerment, previously travelling to India and Rwanda to work on projects helping those in challenging situations to develop their full potential.

While at university, she was involved with a project to provide prom dresses to young women in underprivileged areas.

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