Meghan Moves Into More Visible Roles in UK Royal Family

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

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

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pictured attending the unveiling of The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy in Redvale on October 30, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Each organization focuses on something the soon-to-be-mom is passionate about, from empowering young women to supporting education for young girls - and of course, she's not staying away from her love for animals.

Meghan accepted honorary roles with the National Theatre, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Smart Works, which helps vulnerable or long-term unemployed women find jobs, and Mayhew, an animal welfare organisation.

Meghan has always been a vocal supporter of animal welfare and she rescued her dog Guy from a shelter in 2015.

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

The Duchess of Sussex wore a chic, workwear-inspired outfit today as she paid a visit to one of her first patronages Smart Works. As well as a double major in theatre and global relations from Northwestern University, Her Royal Highness volunteered at a performing arts after school programme for children in underprivileged school districts in Los Angeles.

The Duchess of Sussex might be about to see her father for the first time since the Royal Wedding in May past year, as her half brother Thomas Markle Jr gets married.

On Wednesday The National Theatre published and then swiftly deleted a post on its website announcing the Duchess of Sussex was its new royal patron.

The National Theatre welcomed Meghan's appointment and thanked the Queen for her unwavering support and service.

According to PEOPLE, she first gave clues this was an area of interest for her after a visit to Brinsworth House - a residential nursing and care home for British entertainers.

Royal patronages bring invaluable publicity and fundraising opportunities to charities and community organisations, and the 92-year-old Queen is gradually handing some of hers to other members of the royal family as she ages.

Caroline Yates, CEO of Mayhew, said "we are so excited that HRH The Duchess of Sussex has chosen to be our Patron" and added "the Duchess has spent many years championing animal welfare and we are honoured to have our charity represented by such a passionate Patron".

The official Kensington Palace Twitter account wrote: "The duchess is a strong believer in using the arts to bring people from different backgrounds and communities together".

However now a source said to be close to the royal household has slammed the rumours, revealing that staff are "excited" by her enthusiasm, and describing her management style as "very different" to that of her sister-in-law Kate Middleton.

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