Published: 14:31, 19 May 2021
| Updated: 16:40, 19 May 2021
A Kent businesswoman is behind the T-shirt worn by Meghan Markle in a trailer for Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey’s new Apple TV series.
The Duchess of Sussex was spotted wearing the garment which has the slogan ‘Raising the Future’.
Margate-based Carrie-Anne Roberts runs Mère Soeur, the company responsible for the top, which was set-up after the birth of her son, River, six years ago.
The business is targeted at fellow mums after Ms Roberts struggled to find clothing she could identify with.
The Duchess stands behind Prince Harry in the trailer for The Me You Can't See, which is about mental health, wearing the top designed by the mum-of-one.
And following the release of the video on Monday, Ms Roberts has seen a huge demand for the £27 T-shirt, which she says will keep her “very busy” for the coming weeks.
“It is a big deal and when you have a small business you’re working so hard at it,” the 31-year-old told KentOnline.
“As the day went on, it started to snowball and it was everywhere.
“It was really overwhelming and emotional because I started my business not long after I had my son when I was 24.
“I left his dad soon after he was born and I didn’t have any friends who had kids and I didn’t know anything about running a business.”
Ms Roberts, originally from north Wales, had previously worked in a garlic bread factory doing 12-hour night shifts and for cosmetics company Lush.
She had never worked in the fashion industry, with her business starting by purchasing products and designing on Vistaprint.
“I found when I became a mum, there were lots of things that were marketed towards them that might not necessarily be a bit of you,” she added.
“A lot of it I didn’t identify with and there wasn’t anything out there I wanted to wear so I started to make things I liked.”
The slogan on the T-shirt recently donned by the Duchess was one of her first designs and has since become one of the most popular.
Its message is about the expectations of mums raising children. Ms Roberts explains: “Raising the Future means doing it however you want to do it, and if other people do it differently, that’s okay.”
The inspirational businesswoman has almost 50,000 followers on Instagram and is an ambassador for the Young Women’s Trust, a feminist organisation which works to achieve economic justice.
Speaking about Margate, she said: “I have been trying to move here for the past two years and was finally able to do it last year.
“It is a really creative town and a great place to have a small business.”