Meghan Markle wore modern cow-print heels, a huge departure from her usual royal shoe style

Clodagh Kilcoyne/WPA Pool/Getty ImagesThe duchess was recently named a patron of UK-based charity Smart Works.
  • On Thursday, Kensington Palace named Meghan Markle a royal patron of Smart Works, a charity that provides interview clothing and training to women in need.
  • The duchess visited the non-profit organisation in a business-casual midi dress and coat.
  • She added a modern touch to the outfit with a pair of cow-print heels with clear PVC on the sides.
  • During her visit, Markle participated in discussions with volunteers and helped style a woman named Patsy.
  • Smart Works is one of Markle’s four new patronages, which reflect her interest in supporting the arts, access to education, women, and animal welfare.

Meghan Markle gave fans a master class in how to wear the animal-print trend during a visit to a UK-based charity.

Thursday morning, Kensington Palace named the duchess a royal patron of Smart Works, a non-profit organisation that provides interview clothing and training to help women in need.

Soon after the palace’s announcement, Markle met with volunteers at Smart Works’ headquarters in London, UK, wearing a business-casual ensemble.

The duchess, whose first child with Prince Harry is due in spring later this year, opted for a black midi dress by maternity brand, Hatch, and a tan coat by Oscar de la Renta.

Meghan markle cow print heels Neil Mockford/GC Images via Getty ImagesMarkle accessorized with a box-shaped handbag by Victoria Beckham.

Markle added a surprisingly modern touch to her outfit: a pair of cow-print heels with clear PVC on the sides. Since she married Prince Harry in May 2018, the duchess has gravitated toward classic shoe styles in muted colours like blush pink and beige.

Meghan markle cow print heelsKarwai Tang/WireImage via Getty ImagesA closer look at the duchess’ bold cow-print heels by Gianvito Rossi.

During her visit to Smart Works, Markle participated in discussions with volunteers, helped style a woman named Patsy, and chatted with a woman named Ruma who recently landed a part-time job.

The duchess was also named the royal patron of three other organisations Thursday morning, all of which reflect causes she has “long been associated” with, Kensington Palace wrote on Twitter.

Her patronages include Mayhew, a charity that promotes animal welfare through community and educational initiatives and preventative veterinary care.

Markle is also taking over two patronages that Queen Elizabeth II has held for 45 and 33 years, respectively: The National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

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Based in London, the National Theatre is a publicly funded performing arts venue that aims to make theatre more inclusive and diverse, as well as accessible to everyone.

The ACU is an international university network that includes more than 500 institutions in over 50 of the 53 countries that make up the Commonwealth.

Some of the organisation’s main roles are to oversee international scholarship programs, organise conferences, and work to “bridge the gap between higher education and Commonwealth governments.”

According to Kensington Palace, Markle will visit these three patronages over the upcoming weeks, following her visit to Smart Works on Thursday.

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