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Meghan is a stylist for the day as she goes solo as patron

Hands-on: The
duchess won over
staff at Smart Works
with her ‘natural
empathy’ PICTURE: TIM ROOKE/REX

THE Duchess of Sussex turned stylist yesterday as she became patron of a charity which gives unemployed women clothes and interview tips.

Meghan, famed for her own fashion flair, picked out outfits and met staff and former clients at Smart Works at St Charles Hospital in west London.

The visit came as the duchess was also named as sole royal patron of the National Theatre, the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the animal welfare group Mayhew.

Royal advice: Ex Smart Works client Patsy Wardally gets tips PICTURE: WPA POOL/GETTY
Talks: Meghan and interview coach PICTURE: AFP/GETTY

‘I’m so happy to be here. You guys know I’ve been quietly coming by close to a year,’ said the duchess, before revealing her fashion tips as a secret shopper had not always been welcomed.

‘The last time I was here I suggested a purse to someone,’ she giggled. ‘It was one that I donated — and she didn’t like it. I was like: “Oh OK — I thought it was great.”’

Railed it: Meghan leads a tour of Smart Works’ clothing, which is donated by firms and individuals PICTURE: WPA POOL/GETTY

The duchess, who is expecting her first child in spring, showcased her own sense of style by wearing a £2,600 coat by Oscar de la Renta, along with a £170 dress from maternity label Hatch, £315 Kimai earrings, a £1,695 Victoria Beckham handbag and Giovanni Rossi high heels priced at around £500.

She later picked out accessories and a tan cape for Patsy Wardally, a former client helped by Smart Works.

Smart Works chief executive Kate Stephens said: ‘She’s really hands-on and involved, and has a natural empathy… She puts people at their ease.’