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The Duchess of Sussex will now become Patron of four organizations 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", Kensington Palace announced in the statement.

The former actress' support for the National Theatre reflects her belief in using the arts to bring communities together and her own background in theater and television, the palace said.

Kensington Palace said the four organisations "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 National Theatre and ACU patronages have been passed to her by the Queen, who has held the roles for 45 and 33 years respectively.

The announcement today, January 10 of the royal patronages shows the Duchess is being given more of a role in the royal family and is making more steps in her public life. "I very much look forward to working closely with Her Royal Highness in the years to come".

"It is a privilege to welcome the Duchess of Sussex as our new patron".

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The other two are Smart Works, which helps longterm unemployed and vulnerable women regain the skills, confidence and tools to succeed at job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives, and the animal welfare charity Mayhew.

Both have hit out at Meghan negatively on social media and in the press and neither reportedly received invitations to her and Harry's royal wedding in May 2018.

"The Duchess shares our passion for the transformational power of higher education, and Her Royal Highness' support will help champion higher education as a force for good in the Commonwealth and beyond", she said.

Chief executive Kate Stephens said: "We are delighted that the Duchess of Sussex is our royal patron".

Mayhew is an animal welfare charity which helps cats and dogs through community initiatives and veterinary care.

Juliet Hughes-Hallett, chair and founder of Smart Works, said she was "thrilled" to have the Duchess on board. It is our vision that we have enough centres nationwide to reach every woman who needs us.