Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

Meghan Markle takes up royal roles at United Kingdom charities for women, animals

Meghan Markle takes up royal roles at United Kingdom charities for women, animals

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are slated to move out of Kensington Palace and into Frogmore Cottage in Windsor this year, but the couple also has a private country home in the Cotswolds. She added that the patronage will "inspire the women we serve and help them reach for the stars".

And the Duchess' passion for women's empowerment will come in handy with her work for Smart Works, an organization that provides support for long-term unemployed women who want to return to work.

The statement explained how Meghan feels she can "use her position to focus attention on, and make a particular difference to these organisations", revealing she has been having secret meetings with these organisations for the previous year as they plan their work together.

The 37-year-old pregnant royal just announced the four organizations for which she has become a royal patron.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex reacts as she looks at bags with Lady Juliet Hughes-Hallett during her visit to Smart Works on January 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Hollywood insiders recently told Vanity Fair that Meghan is "not a person you can actually be friends with" and that the "insanely smart" Duchess "was always to become a household name".

In the statement announcing her association with the charity, Kensington Palace said the Duchess has always been inspired by helping other women to succeed and even donated her "prom dresses" while at university as part of a project to help young women in underprivileged areas.

She is expecting her first child with Harry in the spring.

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She will be a patron of the National Theatre, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Smart Works and Mayhew.

Buckingham Palace said that "patronages generally reflect the interests of the member of the Royal Family involved".

Meghan will have an affinity with the National theatre after spending a decade working in television where she was best known for her role in the hit USA legal drama series Suits, playing paralegal-turned-lawyer Rachel Zane.

Smart Works is one of four of Meghan's patronages, the other three of which include the National Theatre, The Association of Commonwealth Universities, and Mayhew.

Meghan in her role as Rachel Zane in season six of Suits.

The Director of the National Theatre, Rufus Norris, quickly reacted to the news, thanking the Queen for "long and unwavering support and service".

However now a source said to be close to the royal household has slammed the rumours, revealing that staff are "excited" by her enthusiasm, and describing her management style as "very different" to that of her sister-in-law Kate Middleton.

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