Meghan Markle coached a young interviewee via video link in her role as patron of Smart Works, telling her to be a ray of hope and positivity.
The Duchess of Sussex, 38, spoke with the British girl from her Los Angeles home on March 27 to give her advice and encouragement before a job interview.
In a video clip posted on the charity’s Instagram page, the Duchess of Sussex, 38, can be seen virtually chatting with an anonymous woman who was applying for an internship after finishing her studies in psychology
She praised the youngster for his positive attitude, saying “there is so much going on in the world right now,” but she was “a ray of hope and all the positivity.”
Meghan Markle, 38, volunteered as a mentor for her Smart Works sponsorship in March, virtually calling a young British girl to offer interview advice
In the clip, Meghan can be seen wearing a simple dark red v-neck sweater and several gold pendants.
Meanwhile, the royal’s black hair fell from her face and you could see her beaming into the camera while she spoke with the boy.
Sharing the message online, the charity wrote a message from Meghan, posting, “It has been such an honor to meet and learn from so many talented women from the Smart Works network over the years, and recently to see the incredible work they do in adapting their programs to the reality of this pandemic.
“Their ability to continue to empower women and help them build the confidence they need to succeed during this time is inspiring. “
Sharing the video clip online this afternoon, the charity shared a message from the Duchess, who called it “an honor” to meet women via Smart Works
The charity said, “Since we switched to virtual service six weeks ago, we have provided 200 hours of support to our customers.
“Volunteers who have provided online coaching to the staff working behind the scenes to keep everything going smoothly – the energy, passion and commitment have been overwhelming.
During the session, which took place in March, the Duchess congratulated her for having been “such a ray of hope” and “having put the emphasis on solving this problem”.
In a clip shared from their call, Meghan said, “You seem incredibly confident and prepared. Everyone here is so excited, so when I read about your interests – you focus a lot on mental health, don’t you? I think it’s excellent.
The Duchess spoke to the young British man during the call, saying that it was “excellent” that she was interested in mental health
She added, “I think you’re going to be fantastic, it’s so exciting. I just wanted to call you and wish you luck and my fingers are crossed for you.
“There are so many things in the world right now, so be such a hope and focus on passing through and all the positivity … I just want to send you your way, to make sure you can get on other side of that too.
When asked about her patronage, Meghan said, “It is a pleasure to support them, you see how great they are and how many people they help and that is what it is all about. ‘acts.
“I’m really proud to be able to be their patron, but it’s an easy yes when amazing women help you.”
Meghan said she wanted to send “all the positivity” to youngster during the virtual call and revealed that she had crossed her fingers for the British woman
After her session with the Duchess, the girl said, “I just wanted to say a big ‘thank you’ to you, the Duchess and the entire Smart Works team for making this possible for women all over the Kingdom – United, because seeing such work is truly inspiring and uplifting.
“And thank you for the super useful interview tips – I will be using them for years!”
Meghan visited Smart Works several times in private before being named royal patron in January of last year and has long been committed to supporting the empowerment of women.
The Duchess launched the Smart Set collection last September, which saw each item sold by retailers matching an item donated to SmartWorks.
Meghan has worked closely with her patronage since being named royal patron in January of last year, launching the Smart Set collection in September.
The royal, who continues to be the patronage of the organization despite her withdrawal from royal duty, launched her clothing collection with the organization in September in London
At the launch of the collection, Meghan’s best friend and designer, Misha Nonoo, credited the royal for coming up with the idea for the project herself.
Smart Works has a team of 300 trained volunteers and helps long-term unemployed women and vulnerable women to find the skills, confidence and tools necessary to succeed in job interviews, return to work and transform their life.
Despite retiring from royal office alongside Prince Harry, 35, last month, Meghan was allowed to continue her patronage.