Meghan Markle’s capsule collection shares a special connection with her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton.
Even though the Duchess of Cambridge didn’t work on the collection alongside the Duchess of Sussex, the former previously worked for one of the latter’s partners.
Markle’s connection benefits her patronage, smart Works, a charity that helps women find employment. The collection features various items sold at retailers Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, and Jigsaw. Before marrying Prince William, Middleton worked at Jigsaw.
The mom of three served as an accessories buyer for the brand in 2006. Middleton was hired by the company after she personally contacted the brand’s founder and her family friend, Belle Robinson.
During her time at Jigsaw, Middleton spent a few days a week at the company’s London office. She also acted just like any other employee while she was there.
Robinson previously talked about Middleton’s work ethics and her relationship with her colleagues in an interview with the Evening Standard.
“She sat in the kitchen at lunchtime and chatted with everyone from the van drivers to the account girls. She wasn’t precious… I have to say I was so impressed by her. There were days when there were TV crews at the end of the drive. We’d say: ‘Listen, do you want to go out the back way?’ And she’d say: ‘To be honest, they’re going to hound us until they’ve got the picture. So why don’t I just go, get the picture done, and then they’ll leave us alone, ” Robinson said.
Middleton didn’t work at Jigsaw very long. In fact, she resigned from her post just months after she was hired. She told Robinson that she needed some time for herself.
One year later, it was announced that Prince William and Middleton have called it quits. But the couple eventually got back together. Three years later, the couple tied the knot. Middleton couldn’t have stayed at Jigsaw much longer since royals are not allowed to have personal jobs.