Meghan's patronages: Duchess of Sussex's four new causes revealed

Meghan's patronages: Duchess of Sussex's four new causes revealed

Duchess of Sussex becomes patron of National Theatre, Association of Commonwealth Universities, Smart Works and Mayhew

Her role as patron of the National Theatre was accidentally revealed yesterday on the theatre's website.

Smart Works, which helps women regain the skills, confidence and tools to succeed in job interviews, is one of the four organizations which Markle has become Royal Patron.

As announced Thursday, Markle's other royal patronages include The National Theatre, The Association of Commonwealth Universities, and animal rescue center The Mayhew.

Kensington Palace said in a statement: "The Duchess is delighted to become patron of both national and grassroots organisations that are part of the fabric of the United Kingdom, and is very much looking forward to working with them to bring wider public attention to their causes".

Meghan has previously spoken in support of championing the arts, and has expressed she wishes to use her position to make a difference to the arts sector.

Smart Works "helps unemployed women in their upcoming interviews by offering them an outfit to wear and 1:1 coaching", the Palace explained.

On the furry friends side, Markle becomes the royal patron of The Mayhew, an organization dedicated to animal welfare for pets.

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These new responsibilities come eight months after Markle officially joined the royal family when she tied the knot with Prince Harry at the widely watched royal wedding in May. She has taken on more charity work on her plate since.

The National Theatre confirmed the Duchess had met privately with the director of the National Rufus Norris at the theatre previous year, and is expected to carry out a public visit at the theatre at some point in the next few weeks.

Rumours of a royal rift between the women began swirling after news emerged that Meghan and Harry will move away from Kensington Palace to make their home 25 miles away from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Windsor.

PA Wire/PA Images Meghan picks out a bracelet during her visit.

"The Duchess is delighted to become Patron of both national and grassroots organizations that are part of the fabric of the United Kingdom, and is very much looking forward to working with them to bring wider public attention to their causes", Kensington Palace said in a statement this morning.

In the past, Markle has worked with World Vision where she was global ambassador from 2016 to 2017. She's also worked with the United Nations, advocating for women's rights.

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