Sussex Royal shared a fantastic short video from the visit with the caption: "It was a special moment to acknowledge the spirit of Luminary and their remarkable business model that opens its arms to women from vulnerable circumstances (be it abuse, poverty, trafficking, marginalisation) and equips them with the job skills and confidence to succeed. Having sat down with Luminary Bakery at their flagship location earlier this year and from that inspiring visit choosing to feature them as Forces For Change in the September issue of British Vogue, Her Royal Highness was proud to be invited to attend the launch of their second bakery. This addition will enable the organisation to provide services, support and mentoring for four times the number of women."
The Duchess was joined by the Telegraph's Bryony Gordon, one of the young royals most trusted journalists, who covered the Heads Together campaign extensively. When Harry decided to shared his own mental health struggles and the journey he's been through, he chose Bryony. Indeed, Meghan told Bryony she encouraged Harry to do the podcast. Bryony first met Meghan during a lunch before the wedding, where the journalist found she and the future Duchess "were on the same wave length". They've kept in touch since.
Bryony recalled also seeing Meghan a couple of weeks ago before the Tom Bradby documentary aired. More from the Telegraph:
"Then, as in the interview, her eyes glistened when I asked her how she was. But if I have learnt anything about Meghan in the time I have known her, it is that she is a doer, not a wallower. She lives in the solution, not the problem. She told me that she didn’t want people to love her - she just wanted them to be able to hear her. I have found that this is what the Duchess of Sussex stands for: using her voice to help give one to people less privileged than her."
As Meghan met with women who had been abused, trafficked and through unimaginable trauma, one lady, Tanya, apologised for crying. Meghan reassured her and said she was talking to someone the other day about today's "culture of instant gratification". The Duchess added: "We aren't mechanical objects that need to be fixed. You're a wounded creature that needs to be healed, and that takes time."
As Bryony observed the engagement she got the impression Meghan has accepted the harsh reality she has found herself in: "Damned if she does, damned if she doesn't. And being the kind of person she is, she's going to carry on doing, thank you very much." Like so much of Meghan's work (both public and private), this engagement may never see the light of day in the Court Circular, but as Bryony so aptly noted, that isn't why she's doing this. She's doing it for women like Tanya.
Meghan was introduced to Halimot, an exploitation victim who has launched her own catering company with the support of Luminary. She was nervous meeting Meghan, telling her: "I'm a child of nobody. And you are a somebody. It means so much to meet you." The Duchess smiled before embracing her and assuring her it was she was honoured.
On Instagram, Luminary shared a behind-the-scenes look at Meghan helping to bake a cake and meeting with women.
Supporting women is at the heart of Meghan's work. With everything she is going through at the moment, the fact she chooses to uplift and empower women speaks far more loudly than any vicious false article or leaks from Palace aides ever could. And I hope she holds on to that.
The ladies from Luminary Bakery are launching a cookbook next autumn; I have no doubt Meghan will be supporting them through that too.
Click here to read Bryony Gordon's full article.
The Duchess wore the Poplin White & Midnight Blue Stripe Shirt by With Nothing Underneath. The £80 shirt is described as: "The WNU shirt is inspired by classic menswear styles, but reimagined for women. The classic boyfriend style, taken out of the bedroom for the boardroom or the beach. Made from crisp poplin cotton this is your new wardrobe staple."
As she arrived, Meghan wore her J Crew Juliette Collarless Sweater Blazer from the US Open. It's available in multiple colours on J Crew's website.
The Duchess teamed a pair of blue jeans with her Madewell leather belt.
Meghan accessorised with her Adina Reyter 14k Gold Three Diamond Amigos Curve earrings. They are available at ShopBop.
To complete the smart casual look, Meghan wore a pair of Adidas trainers. Meghan's Fashion suggests they are the Stan Smith Sneaker, available at Nordstrom.
As you will probably have heard, it was incredibly heartening to see Holly Lynch, a young mother and member of parliament, lead an open letter in support of the Duchess with signed support from 72 female MPs. With Brexit, politics has never been more divided in the UK, and to see so many women cross party lines to call out the appalling treatment of another woman in the public eye was quite special and perhaps a prominent example of how those in the UK really feel. Meghan called Holly personally to thank her and the pair enjoyed a conversation. Holly spoke with Omid Scobie on his new podcast the Heir Pod, which I highly recommend for a new royalty fix. Click here to listen to this week's episode.
We'll see the Duke and Duchess for several Remembrance events next week. Keep an eye on Meghan's Calendar page for the details on when they are to be officially released.