Meghan Markle Shows She is Still Committed to Britain as Jubilee Approaches

Meghan Markle showed she has not given up on Britain—despite conflicts during her time with the royal family—with a donation to a U.K. charity.

The Duchess of Sussex is giving money to organizations that empower women to mark Women's History Month and International Women's Day, her website announced on March 1.

And one, Smart Works, is a U.K.-based charity that she was named a patron of during her time as a working royal.

Meghan and Prince Harry were stripped of most of their honorary titles and patronages when their split from the palace became final in February 2021.

However, Meghan kept two that were not bestowed on her by the royals, including Smart Works and a partnership with dog rescue charity The Mayhew.

The latest funding comes as royal watchers wait to see whether Harry and Meghan will return to Britain for Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June.

If they make the occasion, it will be Meghan's first trip back to the U.K. since quitting her final royal jobs in March 2020.

A statement on her Archewell Foundation website read: "Since 2019, Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex has been Patron of Smart Works, a UK charity that exists to give women the confidence they need to reach their full potential, secure employment and change the trajectory of their lives.

"Archewell Foundation's support will enable the creation of the Smart Works Female Unemployment Index, which will be an extremely robust study looking at unemployment issues that affect women across the UK, with the aim of creating an annual benchmark against which progress and change can be tracked."

Meghan told Oprah Winfrey she was driven to experience suicidal thoughts amid negative media coverage but was told by the palace she could not go to a psychiatric institution to seek help.

Harry and Meghan said they could not remain in Britain as working royals in the face of media negativity and without more help from the palace.

The duchess has not returned to Britain since completing her final royal engagements in March 2020, meaning the Queen has not met their daughter Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor in person.

However, Meghan worked with Smart Works remotely from America in the earliest days of her post-royal life.

The duchess gave career coaching to a job candidate via video call from California in April 2020 as Britain was in lockdown.

The renewed support suggests Meghan has not entirely turned her back on the country despite having had a negative experience there.

The Sussexes must over the coming months decide whether to visit the royals in Britain against the backdrop of several health scares experienced by the Queen ahead of her 96th birthday in April.

Most recently, Elizabeth tested positive for COVID-19 on February 20, though she appeared to have recovered on a video call with two new ambassadors on March 1.

Meanwhile, an argument over Harry's security could also get in the way of a trip over the Atlantic for the young family.

The prince is suing the British government over a decision to remove his police protection detail made by RAVEC (Royal and VIP Executive Committee), which includes the police, the Home Office and the Royal Household.

A statement by his legal representative in January read: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex personally fund a private security team for their family, yet that security cannot replicate the necessary police protection needed whilst in the UK.

"In the absence of such protection, Prince Harry and his family are unable to return to his home."

Archewell is also donating to The Center on Poverty and Inequality, at Georgetown University Law Center, National Women's Law Center and The 19th News.

Meghan Markle Launches Smart Works Collection
Meghan Markle launches the Smart Works capsule collection in London, on September 12, 2019. The Duchess of Sussex is donating to the charity again despite quitting royal duties. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images