Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

National Theatre accidentally reveals Meghan Markle's first royal patronage

National Theatre accidentally reveals Meghan Markle's first royal patronage

While Mayhew is a grassroots animal welfare organisation.

The duchess will visit Smart Works later Thursday and is expected to call on the other three charities over the coming weeks, the palace said in a statement. But to the royal family's surprise, the announcement was accidentally revealed a day earlier.

In a statement, Kensington Palace said: "Her Royal Highness 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".

Two of the patronages, The National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities, have been passed on to Meghan by the Queen, who has held the roles for 45 and 33 years respectively.

In a statement from Kensington Palace, it says: "As a university graduate, Her Royal Highness is a strong advocate of accessible education for all, something she spoke of most recently during her visit to Fiji past year".

Her Royal Highness will also take on Patronage of two additional charities as part of her official working portfolio - Smart Works and Mayhew.


Chief executive Kate Stephens said: "We are delighted that the Duchess of Sussex is our royal patron". "The Duchess' patronage will inspire the women we serve and help them reach for the stars".

Royal patronages are not necessarily for life and the younger royals usually have fewer patronages than older royals, as they steadily acquire more.

Meghan began her public charitable work in the United Kingdom soon after she Wednesday Prince Harry in May.

In her first high-profile, solo charity project, Meghan collaborated with women at the Hubb Community Kitchen in West London on a charity cookbook that quickly became a bestseller.

When it comes to royal mistakes, it's quite a biggie, considering these are Meghan's first-ever royal patronages given to her by the Queen and there was growing interest over what they would be.

There has been much speculation about where the couple will raise their first child, but though Frogmore Cottage seems like the obvious choice, it's also likely that they'll opt to spend time out in the Cotswolds as well.

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