Meghan Markle's Latest Outing Marked a Major Fashion First

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Smart Works is one of the four organisations which she has become Royal Patron.

Kensington Palace released a statement on Twitter today (10 January), which began: "The Duchess of Sussex will become Patron of four organisations that reflect the causes and issues with which she has always been associated including the arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare".

The National Theatre and ACU patronages have been passed to her by the Queen, who has held the roles for 45 and 33 years respectively.

Kate Middleton, Markle's sister-in-law, received her first royal patronage for the Royal Foundation in October 2011, six months after she tied the knot with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.

"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".

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex puts a bracelet on Patsy Wardally during her visit to charity styling centre, Smart Works.

At the north Kensington-based charity Smart Works, which provides long-term unemployed and vulnerable women with interview clothes and training, Markle helped people choose outfits and accessories that might benefit them in their search for work, according to MailOnline.

Meghan Markle visits one of her charities, Smart Works.

GettyThe Duchess of Sussex visits Smart Works in London on January 10.

In 2016 the Queen, now aged 92, stepped down as patron from more than 20 national organisations, handing on the roles to other members of the royal family.

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The two sisters-in-law share something else in common: both chose patronages that blend their personal interests with charity work.

The National Theatre's director Rufus Norris has welcomed the announcement of his venue's new patron Meghan.

"Meghan made a huge sacrifice by moving across the pond, away from her mom and friends", an insider familiar with the situation told US Weekly.

The Duchess's new patronage is a flawless fit for the former actress, who rose to fame starring on legal drama Suits.

Then just weeks ago sources claimed Meghan, 37, was "fed-up" of not being able to "stand up for herself" as the demands of royal protocol dictate she keeps a dignified silence amid rumours of tension between the sisters-in-law. She's also worked with the United Nations, advocating for women's rights.

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