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HRH Duchess of Sussex announces her new royal patronages


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Duchess of Sussex announces four royal patronages combining her dedication to women’s empowerment and love of fashion and animals.

Kensington Palace has released news today the Duchess has become the new Royal Patron of the National Theatre, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, animal charity Mayhew, and Smart Works which helps unemployed women prepare for interviews.

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Meghan made her first public engagement to Smart Works as its patron this morning, she has already made private visits where she has learnt about the charity’s ethos.

Smart Works provides free clothes and job interview training for unemployed women in a bid to help them succeed in their job search.  

Speaking at their West London centre, Meghan said: "It's the part about community that I'm so drawn to here,

"It's not just donating your clothes and seeing where they land, but really being part of each other's success stories as women right?

"It's not just hand me downs, it's saying 'this is the blazer I wore that helped me win that interview”.

The Duchess’ other patronages reflect her widespread interests and issues she has spent decades championing.

Disclosing her patronage of Mayhew, which provides care for pets whose owners are in crisis, including those who are homeless, a Kensington Palace spokesman said: "The Duchess has long understood the connection between animals and community welfare and has supported various animal rescue centres in Los Angeles.”

The palace also highlighted Meghan’s personal links to the National Theatre patronage. “Whilst Her Royal Highness spent ten years working in television, her training is in theatre. As well as a double major in theatre and international relations from Northwestern University,” the spokesman said.

The fourth patronage with The Association of Commonwealth Universities has been passed down to her by the Queen. As a university graduate and strong campaigner for women's education, the Duchess will be able to channel her passion into this role and help to empower women around the world.

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