Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Meghan Markle Announces First Royal Patronages

Meghan Markle Announces First Royal Patronages

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The Queen previously was patron of the National Theatre and the ACU, but has now passed them on to the duchess.

The charity that supports vulnerable and unemployed women regain the skills and confidence to return to work, through access clothing and training for job interviews is just one of four new patronages that the Duchess will champion.

She has a theatre background having studied theatre and global relations at Northwestern University, Illinois, and volunteered at a performing arts after-school programme for children in underprivileged school districts in Los Angeles.

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.

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

These new responsibilities come eight months after Markle officially joined the royal family when she tied the knot with Prince Harry at the widely watched royal wedding in May.

While Mayhew is a grassroots animal welfare organisation.


The Duchess met with Norris past year on a private visit to the theatre, and is expected to return there for a public visit in the coming weeks.

As the patron, the Duchess will also be involved with the American Associates of the National Theatre, a New York Charity that donates over three million a year to the Theatre.

During her visit, Meghan Markle was chatting to Lady Juliet Hughes-Hallett, a former Vogue Editor.

The National Theatre was given permission to add the prefix Royal to its name in 1988, to mark its 25th birthday, but it has not changed its moniker.

Meghan was captured breaking down the impact of Smart Works in a video shared on Twitter.

"There's no question about the fact that theatre has a challenge".

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pictured attending the unveiling of The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy in Redvale on October 30, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand.

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