The interviewee mentored by Meghan Markle by video call has said she is still in shock that the ‘down-to-earth’ royal surprised her with a coaching session.
Krisi Uzunova, from London, was taking part in a video call with Smart Works to prepare for an internship interview in March when Meghan, 38, suddenly joined the call.
Sharing her shock on Twitter, she revealed: ‘At the end of March I took part in an interview prep session with SmartWorks and at the end I was surprised with their royal patron, Meghan Markle.’
The youngster, who describes herself as a ‘yogi’ and ‘feminist’ online, went on to call the Duchess the ‘sweetest, most down-to-earth person that I’ve ever met’ and said the experience had been ‘a true, true honour.’
Krisi Uzunova, from London, has revealed how she was left shocked when the Duchess of Sussex, 38, joined her Smart Works interview prep session last month
Meghan Markle spoke with the British youngster during the call, telling her it was ‘excellent’ that she was taking an interest in mental health
Meanwhile she later shared the video clip on her Instagram stories, commenting: ‘Still cannot believe this happened.’
Krisi went on to reveal that the interview had ended up going ‘well’ and she was looking forward to hearing back about the results.
The youngster, who is believed to be in her early twenties, appears to have many similarities and shared interests with the Duchess.
She describes herself online as a yogi, feminist as well as being a nature and animal lover, sharing snaps in various yoga poses and marching at London’s pride festival.
Meghan said she wanted to send ‘all the positivity’ to the youngster during the virtual call and revealed she had her fingers crossed for the British woman
Meghan has long advocated for ancient Indian exercise discipline of yoga and the health benefits that come with it.
Her mother – Doria Ragland – also works in Los Angeles as a yoga instructor.
Meanwhile the Duchess has also long advocated for feminist causes, and openly spoken of her passion for the topic throughout her time as a working royal.
During the session, which took place in March, the Duchess praised her for being ‘such a beacon of hope’ and ‘focusing on getting through this.’
The youngster describes herself online as a ‘yogi’ and ‘feminist’, sharing snaps on Instagram as she joined London’s Pride march last year
The youngster often shares pictures of her adventures on Instagram, as well as snaps enjoying yoga – an interest she shares with the Duchess
In a clip shared from their call, Meghan said: ‘You seem incredibly confident and prepared. Everyone here is so excited, so when I was reading what your interests were – you have a big focus in mental health right? I think that’s excellent.’
She added: ‘I think you’re going to be fantastic, it’s just so exciting. I just wanted to call in and tell you best of luck and my fingers are crossed for you.’
‘There’s so much going on in the world right now, so to be such a beacon of hope and focusing on getting through it and all the positivity…I just want to send your way, to make sure you can get on the other side of this too.’
After her session with the Duchess, the youngster said: ‘I just wanted to say a big “thank you” to you, the Duchess and the whole team at Smart Works for making this possible for women all around the UK, because to see such work is truly inspiring and uplifting.
After the phone call was shared online by Smart Works, Krisi posted the video on her Instagram stories, saying she ‘still couldn’t believe’ the meeting had happened
Meanwhile she posted on Twitter about the experience, with fan account @_duchess_of_sussex going on to share the account on Instagram
‘And thank you for the super useful interview tips – I will be using them for years to come!
Meghan privately visited Smart Works several times before being named as its royal patron in January last year and has a long-standing commitment to supporting women’s empowerment.
The Duchess launched the Smart Set collection last September, which saw every item sold by the retailers matched with one item donated to SmartWorks.
Meghan has worked closely with her patronage since being named it’s royal patron in January last year, launching the Smart Set collection in September
At the launch of the collection, Meghan’s best friend and designer Misha Nonoo credited the royal with coming up with the idea for the project herself.
Smart Works have a team of 300 trained volunteers and helps long-term unemployed and vulnerable women regain the skills, confidence and tools to succeed at job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives.
Despite stepping back from royal duties alongside Prince Harry, 35, last month, Meghan has been permitted to maintain her patronages.
The royal, who continues to be patronage of the organisation despite stepping back from royal duty, launched her clothing collection with the organisation in September in London