Duchess of Sussex to take over four patronages

Meghan Markle

Image Meghan was an actress and campaigned for female rights and access to education before joining the Royal family

"The Duchess of Sussex will become Patron of four organisations that reflect the causes and issues with which she has always been associated including the arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare", the tweet read. It wasn't until January 2012 that she revealed she would be a patron of four charities: East Anglia's Children's Hospices, the Art Room, the National Portrait Gallery and the Scout Association.

The Queen has passed two of her patronages on to her granddaughter-in-law, including the National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

The National Theatre's post confirmed speculation Meghan would be taking over from Queen Elizabeth, who has been a long time patron of the organisation.

"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".

At Smart Works, Meghan helped Patsy Wardally pick out some clothes.

The 37-year-old will also work with Smart Works, an organisation which helps long-term unemployed and vulnerable women re-skill and gain confidence.

The Director of the National Theatre, Rufus Norris, quickly reacted to the news, thanking the Queen for "long and unwavering support and service".

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Meghan will continue in her role as joint-patron for The Royal Foundation, which was set up by Princes William and Harry.

Smart Works is one of four organisations of which Meghan has become patron.

Buckingham Palace said that "patronages generally reflect the interests of the member of the Royal Family involved".

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Wearing a simple fitted black dress, reportedly by maternity label Hatch and costing around £179 (AU $317), Meghan proudly showed off her growing baby bump as she kept a protective hand over it throughout most of the visit.

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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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