Meghan Markle, duchess of Sussex, first marked another in her eight months as a member of Britain's royal family.The Duchess…
Meghan Markle, duchess of Sussex, first marked another in her eight months as a member of Britain’s royal family.
The Duchess of Sussex will now become Patron of four organizations that “reflect the causes and issues she has long associated with, including arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare,” Kensington Palace announced in the statement.
Meghan, who weighted Prince Harry in May, will now assume his role as royal patron of several charities.
Kensington Palace announced Meghan’s official patronage Thursday morning in a statement.
Meghan, 37, will immediately start the new roles. She plans to visit one of the charities later on Thursday, according to Kensington Palace.
Meghan will now be patron of the National Theater, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Women’s Charity Smart Works and Mayhew Animal Charity. Her Majesty Queen was former patron of two of these organizations – the National Theater and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. She has now been in charge of the Duchess of Sussex.
“The Duchess is delighted to be the patron of both national and grassroots organizations in the United Kingdom fabric and is very much looking forward to working with them to raise public awareness of their causes,” they added. “Her royal highness feels that she can use her position to focus attention on and make a particular difference to these organizations and to a greater extent the sectors they represent.”
“Her royal highness has during the past year had meetings and conducted private visits with each of these organizations,” said the palace. “The Duchess will visit Smart Works today and in the next few weeks there will be public visits to the other three organizations.”
Of course, the organizations were happy to have Meghan’s approval.
Rufus Norris, head of the National Theater, said it was a “privilege to welcome the Sussex duchess as our new patron” and adds that Meghan “shares our deep conviction that theater has the power to gather people from all societies and walks in life . “
Joanna Newman, executive director and general secretary of the ACU, said she was “happy” Meghan had become her new patron.
“The Duchess shares our passion for transformational power for higher education, and her royal highness support will help masters higher education as a force for good in the Commonwealth and beyond,” she said. “We would like to thank her Majesty Queen for her support, and we look forward to working near Duchess as our patron.”
Juliet Hughes-Hallett, chair and founder of Smart Works, said she was “happy” to have duchess aboard.
“A settled champion of women and their rights worldwide, the Duchess will motivate more and more women to come to our centers and get the job that will change their lives,” she said. “The patronage of the Duchess will inspire the women we serve and help them reach the stars.”
Caroline Yates, CEO of Mayhew, said: “We are so happy that HRH Duchess of Sussex has chosen to be our patron. Mayhew is working to improve the lives of dogs, cats and people in our community.”
Royal patronages are not necessarily for life, and the younger royalty tend to have fewer protection than older royalty, as they constantly acquire more. Queen Elizabeth II is the patron of more than 600 charities and Prince Philip of more than 700.
Meghan began her public charity work in Britain just after she celebrated Prince Harry in May. She became the fourth member of the Royal Foundation, founded by William, Kate and Harry, at the time of her wedding.
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In his first high-profile solo charity project, Meghan collaborated with women in Hubb Community Kitchen in West London on a charity cookbook that quickly became a bestseller. Her mother, Doria Ragland, flew from her home in Los Angeles to U.K. to be with her daughter for the launch of the cookbook.
She also noticed the 125th anniversary of women’s voting rights in New Zealand and talked about the importance of equal access to education for women during her 16-day royal tour of New Zealand, Australia, Tonga and Fiji with Prince Harry.
Official cartridges are a very important aspect of what it means to be royal, according to King Expert Victoria Murphy.
“Members of the royal family can use their patronage to shape their legacy as members of the royal family,” Murphy told ABC News. “By showing consistent interests on some issues, they can have a significant impact on that area.”
The announcement of Megan’s official patronage comes when she prepares for a busy 2019.
She expects her first child with Harry in the spring. The couple are also planning to move from Kensington Palace to Frogmore Cottage because of Windsor Estate, about 30 miles from London.