Meghan Markle gives fashion tips during royal visit to Smart Works

The new Duchess has quickly become a royal favourite with the public

Rumours of a royal rift between the women began swirling after news emerged that Meghan and Harry will move away from Kensington Palace to make their home 25 miles away from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Windsor.

Two patronages have been handed over to the former actress from Queen Elizabeth, who served a patron to the associations for decades - The National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities.

The duchess - who was known as Meghan Markle prior to her marrying into the British Royal Family - will also be working with Mayhew, a charity which uses innovative ways to reduce the number of animals in need through proactive community, and educational initiatives and preventative veterinary care.

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex was on hand to give fashion tips on Wednesday when she visited the Smart Works HQ in west London.

The other two charities 37-year-old Markle will work with are Smart Works, an organization that provides clothing and job interview training for unemployed and vulnerable women, and Mayhew, a grassroots animal welfare charity.

Meghan visited Smart Works today.

Meghan wore an Oscar de la Renta trench coat and a $218 black, "Eliza" maternity dress from Hatch during the visit, according to People.

WPA Pool via Getty ImagesMeghan chats with Patsy Wardally, who is getting support from the charity.

Karwai Tang via Getty ImagesMeghan's cow-print shoes were certainly eye-catching.

Royal reporters Rebecca English and Richard Palmer managed to catch the duchess in action and shared clips on Twitter.

The anecdote may come as a surprise to many, especially given that Meghan has become a global style icon.

"It was so exhilarating to meet the duchess".

Markle added: "So to know as a woman coming in, I would imagine, that you have so many other women believing in you on all the next phases is the piece that makes [this organization] so special".

Asked how she felt in the new outfit, she said: "More confident, more lovely, I looked in the mirror and I know it's me, but the difference in my esteem and everything has just shot through the roof".

The duchess' first outing of 2019 could not have been any sweeter.

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