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Meghan Markle offers glimpse of UK clothing line for women job-seekers

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Meghan Markle has made a surprise appearance at a fashion shoot for her new clothing line with the London charity Smart Works, which helps long-term unemployed women look for jobs.

The American former actress, who is married to Britain’s Prince Harry, is a patron of the charity that provides high-quality interview clothes and interview training.

Earlier this year, it was revealed she would oversee a clothing line in collaboration with the charity, to be sold in British stores.

A video clip posted on the royal couple’s Instagram account on Wednesday showed the 38-year-old meeting the models as they arrived for the shoot of the new workwear range - offering a sneak preview of the clothing.

Markle, who became the Duchess of Sussex when she married Prince Harry, is already widely recognized as a champion of women’s equality and empowerment.

A self-declared feminist who has previously campaigned for the United Nations on gender equality, she promised last year that women’s rights would be a focus of her charity work as she joined Britain’s royal family.

She has also won praise for her fashion sense - People magazine named her the best-dressed woman of 2018.

Women are still at a disadvantage in the workplace and a study by the Young Women’s Trust this week showed that one in 10 employers would be reluctant to hire a woman who they thought might get pregnant.