Duchess of Sussex sets out royal manifesto with four patronages

Brenda Watkins
January 10, 2019

The four organisations the Duchess of Sussex has become a patron of have been announced by Kensington Palace.

The palace says the queen "has passed on" the role of patron of the National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Kensington Palace confirmed Meghan would be visiting the Smart Works today, and will be making public visits to the other three organisations over the coming weeks.

In December, Meghan spoke with a group of students and leaders at King's College London as part of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) to discuss the importance and impact of higher education.

"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", a royal insider explained. Her Royal Highness will also take on Patronage of two additional charities as part of her official working portfolio - Smart Works and Mayhew.

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The other two are for Smart Works, which helps long-term unemployed and vulnerable women succeed in job interviews and find work, and Mayhew, a grassroots charity supporting animal welfare both in London and internationally.

Meghan officially joined the royal family in May 2018, but since the royal wedding, the 37-year-old has been at the center of negative rumors. "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".

The Duchess, who has long advocated for women's empowerment, is understood to have paid numerous quiet visits to the charity already, sitting in to help on client meetings as worked to choose suitable royal patronages within her areas of interest. The duchess shares our deeply held conviction that theatre has the power to bring together people from all communities and walks of life.

Juliet Hughes-Hallett, chair and founder of Smart Works, said she was "thrilled" to have the Duchess on board.

While Mayhew is a grassroots animal welfare organisation. "The support of The Duchess of Sussex will help us enormously in achieving this goal".

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