Meghan Announces 4 New Patronages, Including The National Theatre
The Queen has passed on two patronages to the Duchess of Sussex : the National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities, roles which the Queen has held since 1974 and 1986 respectively.
The Duchess will also take on patronage of two additional charities as part of her official working portfolio – Smart works and Mayhew. Each organisation has been chosen to reflect the areas of interest which she has built up an association with since her union with Prince Harry.
“The Duchess is delighted to become patron of both national and grassroots organisations that are part of the fabric of the UK,” Kensington Palace reported in an official statement. “Her royal highness feels she can use her position to focus attention on, and make a particular difference to these organisations and, more widely, the sectors they each represent.”
Over the last year, Meghan has conducted private visits to each of the organisations. Today, she visited Smart Works, a charity which helps unemployed and vulnerable women regain the confidence they need to succeed at job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives. She wore an immaculate camel Oscar de la Renta Resort 2019 coat and simple black Hatch dress for the occasion, which saw her meet staff members and women who have benefited from Smart Works’ support. During the next few weeks, she will undertake public visits to the other three organisations.
Her patronage of the National Theatre was revealed prematurely, when London’s South Bank venue published the news as part of its online “what’s on” round-up. It promptly deleted the January 9 post, and Kensington Palace stepped in to share the announcement, which will be considered fitting given Meghan’s former career as an actress.
The confirmation of her myriad roles follows months of speculation about which responsibilities the Queen would choose to delegate to the younger family members carrying the royal baton forward.