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How the Duchess of Sussex Empowers Afghani Artisans With Her Jewelry


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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex made an unannounced appearance at Monday night’s British Fashion Awards at London’s Royal Albert Hall to present Givenchy‘s Clare Waight Keller with the Womenswear Designer of the Year award. For the occasion, the expecting royal wore a black Givenchy haute couture one shoulder gown, and accessorized the look with strappy, gold sandals from Tamara Mellon, and a trio of gold bangles and a pair of earrings from Pippa Small, an ethical jewelry label.

The “Wajiha” cuff, “Oshna” and “Omeen” bangles, and “Nosheen” earrings that she was wearing were made by artisans of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation. The charitable organization was established by her father-in-law, Prince Charles, with the former president of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai in 2006, with the aim of providing jobs and skills to young artisans living in conflict areas in the South Asian country, while preserving their culture and traditions.

“Honored to see the beautiful Duchess of Sussex wearing our bangles and stud earrings proudly made by artisans of the @TurquoiseMountain foundation in Afghanistan,” Small shared on Instagram. “Working to train and employ young men and women in conflict areas.” It’s not the first time the royal has been photographed donning the jewelry, either. She wore the same bangles during her royal tour of Fiji with husband Prince Harry this October.

The Duchess of Sussex is known for using her sartorial sensibilities to champion ethical, eco-friendly, or sustainable brands. Her wedding reception dress designer Stella McCartney is known for her cruelty-free approach to clothing. Meanwhile, the Rothys flats she wore on more than one occasion during her royal tour in Australia are created out of recycled plastic water bottles.

The expectant royal’s philanthropic efforts go beyond just her wardrobe choices. In September, she launched a cookbook entitled Together: Our Community Cookbook, a collection of over 50 recipes written by women who lost their homes and loved ones in the Grenfell Tower tragedy and have since gathered at the Hubb Community Kitchen in West London to prepare meals for their families.

“In January 2018, when I was settling into my new home in London, I met a group of women whose community had been affected by the Grenfell Fire,” said Meghan in a video shared on the official Kensington Palace Instagram account. “I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen. Like these women, I am passionate about food and cooking as a way of strengthening communities.”

Profits from the book, supported by The Royal Foundation and published by Penguin Random House, will benefit the Hubb Community Kitchen.

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