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Meghan Markle announced as patron of four organisations – after National Theatre reveal the news early

Queen Elizabeth passed on two patronages to the Duchess

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Meghan Markle has been announced as the patron of four organisations – just one day after the National Theatre revealed the news early.

The organisation shared the news of Meghan’s patronage for the theatre on their website yesterday, before Kensington Palace officially revealed the news this morning.

The Palace have now announced that the Duchess will be patron of the National Theatre, along with the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Mayhew and Smart Works.

“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,” the statement released by the Palace read.

“The National Theatre: 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.”

“Association of Commonwealth Universities: Her Royal Highness is a strong advocate of accessible education for all. @The_ACU is the world’s first and oldest international university network, and the only org representing higher education across all 53 Commonwealth countries.”

The Duchess has also been named patron of animal welfare charity, Mayhew: “Mayhew: The Duchess has long understood the connection between animals and community welfare.   @TheMayhew uses innovative ways to reduce the number of animals in need through proactive community, and educational initiatives and preventative veterinary care.”

As the 37-year-old has been very open about her passion for empowering women, the Duchess has become the patron of Smart Works, a charity that provides interview clothing and interview training for unemployed women in need.

“Smart Works: The Duchess has met with many women who have benefited from the charity’s support. @SmartWorksHQ 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 Queen passed on two patronages, of the National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities, to the Duchess, after holding the roles for 45 and 33 years.

Meghan is set to visit the four organisations within the next several weeks, starting with Smart Works later today.