Meghan Markle announces royal patronages for the arts, women, education and animals

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She'll also become patron of four organisations that reflect the causes she's always been associated with including the arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare.

National Theatre director Rufus Norris said: "I would like to thank the Queen for Her Majesty's long and unwavering support and service to the National Theatre". She will also be working with the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the only accredited organisation representing higher education in the Commonwealth.

On Thursday morning, Kensington Palace announced that Markle, who is expecting her first child with husband Prince Harry, will also be working with The National Theatre, The Association of Commonwealth Universities and Mayhew.

The Duchess of Sussex's royal patronages have been announced and they include two organisations that the Queen once looked over.

"The Queen has held the roles for 45 and 33 years respectively", the palace said in a statement.

The Duchess of Sussex wore a chic, workwear-inspired outfit today as she paid a visit to one of her first patronages Smart Works.

The duchess also will work to support Smart Works, a charity that helps unemployed women with interview preparation and styling sessions (complete with free clothing), as well as with Mayhew, an global animal welfare charity.

Marina also revealed that Meghan is the ideal person to become Patron of Smart Works.

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While Mayhew is a grassroots animal welfare organisation.

The two sisters-in-law share something else in common: both chose patronages that blend their personal interests with charity work.

Thursday was a big (HUGE) day for Meghan Markle.

In the coming weeks she will also undertake public visits to the other three organisations.

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

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is ready to get to work.

Once an outspoken feminist who gave speeches at United Nations forums, Meghan has since shut down her social media accounts as part of her transition from actress to duchess.

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