What a year it's been for Meghan Markle

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What a year it's been for Meghan Markle

Thought you'd had a busy 12 months? I certainly thought I had. Well, it's nothing compared to the game-changing rollercoaster Meghan Markle has been on.

It would be easy to scoff at a global furore over a British royal marriage. But that of Megan Markle, a mixed-race, divorced, American actress, to the man formerly known as Prince Harry was hugely significant. As have been Megan's actions over the past year. Here are just of a few of her standout moves:

1. The Sussex Royal Foundation

Meghan and Harry split from the official Royal Foundation charity to launch one of their own. The Royal Sussex Foundation foucses on causes vitally important today such as mental health awareness and conservation.

2. Taking her baby on tour

In another unprecedented move, The Sussexs' took their tot, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, on tour to South Africa in June. The standard protocol is for Royals to leave their young children back at the palace - or in this case, "the cottage" - but Meghan made like working mother's everywhere instead... Although we suspect little Archie wasn't flying economy. 

3. Charitable collaboration with Marks & Spencer

It has been announced this week that Meghan Markle will collaborate with close friend, designer du jour and M&S creative director, Misha Noonoo to concoct a capsule collection. But this certainly isn't aimed at making a quick buck, or at least not for the Duchess' bank account anyway. The clothing line is being created to support the charity Smart Works, which helps women back into employment by giving them coaching on interview skills and help with their CVs, as well as providing them with interview clothes.

4. Made it cool to be kind

Meghan made a surprise appearence at the 2018 British Fashion Awards where she presented Claire Waight Keller - the first woman at the helm of Givenchy in the brand’s history - with her Designer Of The Year trophy. In her speech, the Duchess stated that fashion, while personal, should be about "being able to understand that it’s about supporting and empowering each other, especially as women”. 

As far as Meghan Markle's concerned, "where it was cool to be cruel to now, where it’s cool to be kind" and we at Grazia couldn't agree more.

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