Duchess of Sussex to take over four patronages

Angelo Anderson
January 12, 2019

Smart Works is one of the four organisations which she has become Royal Patron.

The Queen passed on two patronages - the National Theatre and the ACU - to the Duchess.

Not long after the announcement, Duchess Meghan made her first public appearance of 2019 and visited one of her appointed charities, Smart Works.

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) describes itself as the world's first and oldest global university network, which supports the development of higher education across the Commonwealth.

Kensington Palace said that over the past 12 months Meghan "has held meetings and conducted private visits" with each of her four new charities or organisations.

However, she trained in theatre and said she felt she could use her position to "focus attention on and make a particular difference to the sector".

Smart Works is a charity which 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".

"Whilst Her Royal Highness spent 10 years working in television, her training is in theatre", the palace said of the decision to hand over the National Theatre patronage to Markle. The Duchess has privately been working with the charity over the past year.

The Duchess of Sussex chats with Patsy Wardally
The duchess chats with Patsy Wardally

The duchess has had private visits with the organisations throughout previous year, according to the press release.

Hollywood insiders recently told Vanity Fair that Meghan is "not a person you can actually be friends with" and that the "insanely smart" Duchess "was always to become a household name".

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

The Duchess of Sussex joked self-deprecatingly with Lady Juliet Hughes-Hallett, a former editor of Vogue UK, about the incident.

Meghan Markle's résumé just got a major boost.

"Meghan has so much on her plate, between being pregnant and dealing with the public backlash, and she's finding the whole situation incredibly stressful", another insider added to the report.

During her tour of the headquarters, the Duchess spoke to a number of women who worked for, and who had benefited from, the outfitting service.

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