Meghan Markle Receives Four New Royal Patronages From The Queen

Meghan Markle will be stepping up her royal duties in 2019 as today Kensington Palace revealed she will be given her first royal patronages.

The Duchess of Sussex will become Patron of four charity organisations close to her heart, including the National Theatre in London, which the company accidentally let slip on their website on Wednesday.

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The role was previously filled by the Queen, who is also passing on her patronage to The Association of Commonwealth Universities to her new granddaughter-in-law. The Queen held the roles at the National Theatre and Commonwealth Universities for 45 and 33 years respectively.

Markle will also take on patronage of The Mayhew, an animal welfare charity, and Smart Works, an organisation which aims to empower women by helping unemployed and vulnerable women return to the workplace.

“The Duchess is delighted to become Patron of both national and grassroots organisations that are part of the fabric of the UK, and is very much looking forward to working with them to bring wider public attention to their causes,” reads the official statement from Kensington Palace.

“Her Royal Highness feels she can use her position to focus attention on, and make a particular difference to these organisations and, more widely, the sectors they each represent.”

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Markle visited Smart Works today for the first time in her new role as royal patron. The Duchess has privately been working with the charity over the past year. In the coming weeks she will also undertake public visits to the other three organisations.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits Smart Works and is greeted by Chair of Smart Works Lady Juliet Hughes-Hallett and CEO of Smart Works Kate Stephens/Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne – WPA Pool/Getty Images
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits Smart Works and is greeted by Chair of Smart Works Lady Juliet Hughes-Hallett and CEO of Smart Works Kate Stephens/Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne – WPA Pool/Getty Images

On Wednesday, The National Theatre accidentally let some important Meghan Markle news slip.

According to The Telegraph, the theatre confirmed that the Duchess of Sussex would be their official royal advocate on the “What’s On” section of their website.

Somebody then seemingly noticed the mistake and deleted it.

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The message reportedly read: “The Duchess of Sussex announced as our new Royal Patron.”

Markle, who starred on the TV show “Suits” before she married Prince Harry, was thought to have recently invited Rufus Norris, the artistic director of the theatre, for a private meeting at the Palace.

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Markle also studied theatre as an undergraduate at Northwestern University in Illinois.

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