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Meghan's first royal patronage revealed by mistake

13 January 2019

Finally, she will work alongside Smart Works, a company which 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 former "Suits" actress will take over two patronages from the queen, including the National Theatre (a ideal match for the former Hollywood star) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities, which offers scholarships and "life-changing educational opportunities", Kensington Palace said in a statement.

Dr Joanna Newman, chief executive and secretary general of the ACU, said: "We are absolutely delighted that HRH the Duchess of Sussex has chosen to become patron of the ACU".

With a baby on the way and public opinion totally divided on her, the Duchess of Sussex is "definitely bothered by all the reports and speculation" around her, an insider told Us Weekly.

The patronage, which is now held by the Queen, is likely to suit the duchess, who was an actress before joining the royal family when she married Harry previous year. She visited the latter on Thursday.

The 37-year-old pregnant royal just announced the four organizations for which she has become a royal patron.

Meghan Markle has already proved her fashion credentials by being the unofficial guest of honor at 2018's Fashion Awards, and presenting Givenchy designer Clare Waight Keller, the woman who made her wedding dress, with British Designer of the Year for Womenswear.

It's still early in 2019 - not even two weeks of the new year have gone by - but Meghan Markle is getting to work.

This includes providing clothes for job interviews, offering one-to-one interview training and providing the opportunity to join the Smart Works network, where women can meet every month to discuss their progress.

Despite once saying in an interview that she didn't think she could pull-off Victoria's designs, this isn't the first time she's worn the Beckham brand - she surprised on Christmas Day by wearing a head-to-toe look by friend of the family Victoria.

Meghan has previously spoken in support of championing the arts, and has expressed she wishes to use her position to make a difference to the arts sector.

Markle continues sharing her passion for the arts, access to education, and animal welfare through her work as a duchess.

Once an outspoken feminist who gave speeches at United Nations forums, Meghan has since shut down her social media accounts as part of her transition from actress to duchess.

Meghan's first royal patronage revealed by mistake