Part of becoming a full-fledged royal is figuring out your charitable calling and setting to work at it. For Princes William and Harry, it’s conservation. For Kate, it’s children’s welfare. Now, Meghan has started her charitable portfolio with four patronages that seem pretty in character for the politically-active newbie royal.
Kensington Palace announced Thursday that Meghan will be championing organizations that reflect her dedication to “the arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare.”
Honestly, none of those come as much of a shock to us Markle Watchers.
The Duchess of Sussex will become Patron of four organisations that reflect the causes and issues with which she has long been associated including the arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare. Her Majesty The Queen has passed on two patronages to The Duchess of Sussex –The National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities. The Queen has held the roles for 45 and 33 years respectively. Her Royal Highness will also take on Patronage of two additional charities as part of her official working portfolio – Smart Works and Mayhew. Visit the link in our bio to find out more. 📷 Phil Noble / Reuters
Two of the organizations—The National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities—were passed on from Queen Elizabeth herself, who was their royal patron for decades.
The Duchess of Sussex visits @smartworkscharity, after this morning’s announcement Her Royal Highness will be its Patron. The charity helps long term unemployed and vulnerable women regain the skills, confidence and tools to succeed at job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives. After dropping into a roundtable discussion with volunteers and clients, The Duchess met some of the women who have been successful in their interviews after being coached at @smartworkscharity. Many of these women have come from prison, job centres, care homes and homeless shelters – where they have been unsuccessful in over 20 applications. Several women shared their stories with The Duchess today and told HRH how the charity has given the self-belief to improve their lives.📷PA
And Meghan’s not on mat leave yet. To kick off her new working royal life, the Duchess visited the women of Smart Works for a roundtable discussion about what drew her to the charity and a meeting with women who were able to turn their lives around because of it.
‘It’s a part of community that I’m so drawn to here. It’s not just about donating your clothes and seeing where they land – but being a part of each other’s success stories.’ The Duchess of Sussex joins a discussion during a visit to @smartworkscharity today. The charity, of which The Duchess is Patron, helps long term unemployed and vulnerable women regain the skills, confidence and tools to succeed at job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives.
And in case you were wondering, yes, Baby Sussex was on full display for the outing. Meghan stepped out in a midi Hatch t-shirt dress and an elegant sand-coloured Oscar de la Renta coat. She’s also still rocking heels well into her pregnancy in some edgy Gianvito Rossi pumps.
“It’s partly the community that I’m so drawn to here,” Meghan explained about Smart Works in the Instagram video posted by Kensington Palace. “It’s not just donating your clothes and seeing where they land, it’s about really being part of generating success stories as women… It’s not just hand-me-downs. It’s, ‘This is the blazer that I wore that helped me land this interview and I want this to be the piece that helps this woman have that part of her story.’”
Over the next few weeks, Meghan is scheduled to visit the other three charities now under her patronage.charityDuchess of SussexheadlinesMeghan Markleroyals