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

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Kensington Palace today disclosed the four roles the Duchess will take on, as the new Royal Patron of the National Theatre, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, animal charity Mayhew, and Smart Works, which is partnered with the Telegraph's Stella Magazine and provides a new wardrobe for women who are seeking work, as well as one-to-one coaching for interviews.

The Queen has passed on two patronages, The National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities, and others have been created for her.

The former actress' support for the National Theatre reflects her belief in using the arts to bring communities together and her own background in theater and television, the palace said.

The 37-year-old will also work with Smart Works, an organisation which helps long-term unemployed and vulnerable women re-skill and gain confidence.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are slated to move out of Kensington Palace and into Frogmore Cottage in Windsor this year, but the couple also has a private country home in the Cotswolds.

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, marked another first in her eight months as a member of Britain's royal family.

In a statement from Kensington Palace, it says: "As a university graduate, Her Royal Highness is a strong advocate of accessible education for all, something she spoke of most recently during her visit to Fiji past year".

The Duchess of Sussex has been made patron of the National Theatre as well as three other organisations. "Mayhew works to improve the lives of dogs, cats and the people in our community, tackling the root cause of animal abandonment and neglect and supporting vulnerable people to stay with their companion pets".

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The Duchess of Sussex looked incredible on Thursday morning as she visited Smart Works, one of her newly announced patronages.

"The Duchess shares our passion for the transformational power of higher education, and Her Royal Highness' support will help champion higher education as a force for good in the Commonwealth and beyond", she said. "The Duchess' patronage will inspire the women we serve and help them reach for the stars".

Harry, 34 and Meghan, 37, are now overseeing renovation work n their new Windsor home after they turned down the opportunity to live in a 21-room apartment at Kensington Palace amid claims of tensions between them and Prince William and Kate Middleton who would be their neighbours.

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