Duchess Meghan takes over patronages from the Queen

Meghan's patronages: Duchess of Sussex's four new causes revealed

Her office at Kensington Palace said in a statement, "The Duchess is delighted to become Patron of both national and grassroots organizations that are part of the fabric of the United Kingdom, and is very much looking forward to working with them to bring wider public attention to their causes".

As royal patron of the National Theatre, Markle will pick up the Queen's mantle by focusing on the arts, a field the former Suits star knows a thing or two about.

The Duchess of Sussex paid a visit to one of her recently announced patronages, Smart Works - a charity focused on helping long-term unemployed women regain skills, succeed at job interviews and return to work - on Thursday. It wasn't until January 2012 that she revealed she would be a patron of four charities: East Anglia's Children's Hospices, the Art Room, the National Portrait Gallery and the Scout Association.

The announcement of her first solo patronages helps to answer the question of how the...

The Duchess of Sussex will assume two royal patronages long held by Queen Elizabeth II herself.

During her visit, the Duchess looked through the clothes and accessories available, picking items for potential job seekers.

The former Suits star began her day at Smart Works, a United Kingdom charity that helps unemployed women regain the confidence they need to return to the workforce.

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On the furry friends side, Markle becomes the royal patron of The Mayhew, an organization dedicated to animal welfare for pets.

Meghan, who was an actress before her marriage to Prince Harry, will work with the National Theatre.

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

Like Meghan, Kate made a solo appearance as she learned about the exhibition.

Employment charity Smart Works is the fourth organisation that the 37-year-old will support.

It is hard to imagine anyone rejecting Meghan's style, especially when you consider everything she wears sells out in a matter of hours. "This country is still very class-driven and there is a perception, and anything that adds to the perception that this place is not for everyone can be a downfall".

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child together in spring.

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