ROYALS

Meghan Markle forced to rush home to Archie from fashion event

"It's feed time."
Loading the player...

It was her first official royal engagement since maternity leave, so you could forgive the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle’s sudden departure when it was finished.

At an event for Smart Works, which provides training and interview clothes to unemployed women in need, the former Suits actress was heard saying she had to rush home to feed Archie.

WATCH: Meghan Markle rushes home after attending her first public event since Archie’s birth 

She said: “I’ve got to get back to the baby, it’s feed time.”

The event marked the launch of Meghan’s capsule collection for the charity, held at the John Lewis department store in London’s Oxford Street.

She attended the event wearing clothing from the collection as well as paying a special tribute to Princess Diana.

Meghan Markle forced to rush home to Archie from fashion event
Meghan Markle forced to rush home to Archie from fashion event (Credit: Getty)

She opted for a white blouse, tailored black pants and a brown leather belt and a set of butterfly earrings that the Princess of Wales donned on a trip to Canada on May 3, 1986 – only a year after she gave birth to Meghan’s husband, Prince Harry.

The 38-year-old former actress also wore a cuff bracelet with blue stones and diamonds, another one of Diana’s favourite pieces of jewellery. The people’s princess once spotted the stunning bangle while visiting the Lord Gage Centre for Old People, a Guinness Trust Home, in East London in 1990.

Jeweller Pippa Small spoke to PEOPLE about the significance of Meghan wearing a piece that belonged to the Duke of Sussex’s mother.

“That was a beautiful symbol and a lovely gesture,” Ms Small said.

“She made them look totally contemporary, and it really showed the emotional value of the jewelry.”

Meghan at the event on Thursday
(Credit: Getty)

Speaking at the event, Meghan said: “I think it’s really key in this day and age that we remember it’s not just about the people you know you’re supporting, it’s about the people you don’t know — that you may never know, may never meet.

“As women, it is 100 percent our responsibility, I think, to support and up-lift each other.

“To champion each other so we aim to succeed, to not set each other up for failure but instead to really be there rallying round each other and say ‘I want to help you’.”

Related stories