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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been spending much of the time since their May 2018 nuptials on the road, jet-setting everywhere from Fiji to Australia to New Zealand.

The Duchess has been holding meetings and private visits with each of the organisations over the previous year, to ensure she picks organisations that will help make a positive difference to the world, Kensington Palace revealed.

The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, is to become the National Theatre's new Royal Patron, it has been announced. "Her Royal Highness feels she can use her position to focus attention on, and make a particular difference to these organizations and, more widely, the sectors they each represent".

A royal patronage can help promote the profile of good causes on to the national stage.

Meghan will now be patron The National Theatre, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, women's charity Smart Works and animal charity Mayhew.

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One is the National Theatre, which Her Majesty was involved with for 45 years.

In December, the Duchess invited the director of the National Theatre, Rufus Norris, to a private meeting where they discussed plans for when she is the Patron of the National Theatre.

American-born and Los Angeles raised Meghan, who had a successful acting career before joining the Royal Family, is thought to be a ideal fit for the role which will see her help a theatre that was founded in 1963. Queen Elizabeth, 92, has passed on her patronages of the National Theater and the Association of Commonwealth Universities, which she has held for decades, to Meghan, who married the queen's grandson past year. In support of access to education, the Association of Commonwealth Universities is the world's first and oldest global university network and the only accredited organisation representing higher education across all 53 Commonwealth countries. The royal also met with women who have benefited from the charity's support and heard about their experiences in finding employment after the programme.

The Duchess of Sussex has become the patron of four organisations. The Duchess shares our deeply-held conviction that theatre has the power to bring together people from all communities and walks of life.

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