Meghan Markle returns from maternity leave today, as she unveils her new charity fashion collection in collaboration with Marks and Spencer, John Lewis and Jigsaw. However, it is not the first time that Jigsaw has been linked with a high-profile royal name. The future Duchess of Cambridge worked for the womenswear chain as an assistant buyer before her engagement to Prince William for just under a year from November 2006.
The clothing chain is owned by Belle and John Robinson, friends of the Middleton family who lent Kate and Prince William their villa on the exclusive Caribbean island of Mustique in the early days of their romance.
However, according to royal author Katie Nicholl in her 2010 book “William and Harry”, Kate suffered some embarrassment when people were “mean” to her in the workplace.
Ms Nicholl writes: “At Jigsaw Kate was allowed to work a four-day week, which enabled her to enjoy long weekends with William.
“It was perfect for her but less ideal for some of her colleagues.”
The Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex (Image: Getty)
Meghan Markle pictured making fashion selectins for her charity SmartWorks (Image: Getty)
Kate’s friend Emma Sayle told the author: “Kate told me that some of the people she worked with were mean to her and made her sweep the floors after a fashion shoot.
“Kate stuck it out though and she loved the job.
“She always said she had great fun travelling to fairs across the country, where she would hunt for ideas and inspiration.”
Biographer Marcia Moody, in her 2013 book “Kate”, adds: “Kate co-designed a charm necklace while she was there – a fine silver chain hung with a silver bean, rose quartz crystal and pink freshwater pearl.
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The Duchess of Sussex announced the collaboration in the September issue of Vogue (Image: Getty)
“The necklaces sold for £55 each, and were created with jewellery designer Claudia Bradby.
"She was the wife of ITV political correspondent Tom Bradby, who had struck up a friendship with Prince William when he filmed him during his gap year and who later