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Meghan supports women and animals with first royal patronages

Meghan supports women and animals with first royal patronages

The duchess - who is married to Prince Harry - will be supporting the National Theatre as she is a "strong believer in the arts" and believes they can be used to join different communities.

Meghan visited the London premises of Smart Works after Kensington Palace announced she had become the patron of a range of organisations. Following the accidental release of the announcement that Meghan would be patron of The National Theatre on Wednesday, the royal family publicised three additional organisations the duchess will be patron of on Thursday.

She is set to take over two roles from The Queen, who is granting Meghan two of her patronages as a show of support and trust.

Meghan has previously spoken in support of championing the arts, and has expressed she wishes to use her position to make a difference to the arts sector.

Meghan, who is thought to be around six months pregnant, will visit one of her patronages, Smart Works, later on Thursday.

At the north Kensington-based charity Smart Works, which provides long-term unemployed and vulnerable women with interview clothes and training, Markle helped people choose outfits and accessories that might benefit them in their search for work, according to MailOnline. The Duchess has privately been working with the charity over the past year.

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The charity tweeted about its new patron: "The duchess's decision to support Smart Works reflects her passion in supporting women, and her commitment will help women in need across the United Kingdom".

Meghan also recently met with The National Theatre's artistic director Rufus Norris at the palace, The Telegraph reports.

And it turns out, Meghan had a clever trick up her sleeve to check she was looking her best throughout the day - since her Victoria Beckham handbag has a sizeable mirror concealed inside it!

Earlier today, though, the Duchess of Sussex used her love of fashion for a greater cause.

Then just weeks ago sources claimed Meghan, 37, was "fed-up" of not being able to "stand up for herself" as the demands of royal protocol dictate she keeps a dignified silence amid rumours of tension between the sisters-in-law. "I very much look forward to working closely with Her Royal Highness in the years to come".

Other organizations she has been a part of as a vocal feminist include One World Vision and United Nations Women.


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