Queen Elizabeth II has passed on patronages for The National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities, roles the Queen has held for 45 and 33 years respectively, to Duchess Meghan.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attends a garden party at Buckingham Palace on 22 May 2018. Picture: Reuters
LONDON – The Duchess of Sussex will become Patron for The National Theatre,The Association of Commonwealth Universities, Smart Works and Mayhew.Queen Elizabeth II has passed on patronages for The National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities, roles the Queen has held for 45 and 33 years respectively, to Duchess Meghan, 37, and the pregnant royal will also take on Patronage of two additional charities as part of her official working portfolio – Smart Works and Mayhew. The duchess – who is married to Prince Harry – will be supporting the National Theatre as she is a “strong believer in the arts” and believes they can be used to join different communities. The official Kensington Palace Twitter account wrote: “The duchess is a strong believer in using the arts to bring people from different backgrounds and communities together. @NationalTheatre’s mission is to make world class theatre that’s entertaining, challenging and inspiring – and to make it for everyone.”The former Suits actress will also take over the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the world’s first and oldest international university network, and the only organisation representing higher education across all 53 Commonwealth countries, as she believes in “accessible education for all”. The duchess – who was known as Meghan Markle prior to her marrying into the British Royal Family – will also be working with Mayhew, a charity which uses innovative ways to reduce the number of animals in need through proactive community, and educational initiatives and preventative veterinary care. Kensington Palace tweeted: “The duchess has long understood the connection between animals and community welfare.” Finally, she will work alongside Smart Works, a company which 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.
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. pic.twitter.com/tU9QWDlPyH— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 10, 2019
The Duchess of Sussex will visit @TheMayhew on Wednesday 16th January.Her Royal Highness will meet staff, volunteers and beneficiaries, and hear more about the animal welfare charity’s various initiatives, from community engagement to international projects.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 10, 2019
The Duchess meets Ruma, who was referred to @SmartWorksHQ from the @PrincesTrust ahead of her interview.Ruma had been out of work for almost a year, but has now secured a part time role, and will be coming back to pick a set of outfits from the Dressing Room for her new job. pic.twitter.com/k4vGdBCo1d— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 10, 2019
The Duchess of Sussex arrives at @SmartWorksHQ and joins a discussion with volunteers and women they have helped succeed in job interviews. So far, the charity has helped over 11,000 women and has plans to dress 3,500 women this year across the UK. pic.twitter.com/MvFnjUJHoo— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 10, 2019