Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle to become new National Theatre Royal Patron

See the First Photo of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Cotswolds Home

Last year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle signed a two-year lease on a home in the Great Tew area of the Cotswolds.

Meghan, who Wednesday Prince Harry in May, will now assume her role as the royal patron of several charitable organisations.

The big announcement comes as Meghan and Harry, 34, grow closer to welcoming their first child.

Smart Works is a charity that, in the five years since its inception, has helped 11,000 women across seven United Kingdom locations.

Meghan Markle has returned to work following the Christmas and New Year break in fine form.

Just days after her first patronage, The National Theatre was leaked, Kensington Palace announced on Twitter Thursday morning that the 37-year-old would be the patron of three more charities 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".

In Feb. 2012, Kate made her first patronage visit to the National Portrait Gallery for a private viewing of the works of artist Lucian Freud.




Meghan, 37, will start the new roles immediately.

They are all national and grassroot organizations "that are part of the fabric of the U.K", the palace said.

After becoming a member of the royal family a year ago in September, Markle released the cookbook Together with women of the Hubb Community Kitchen, a group of displaced Londoners who banded together to cook for their families and neighbors in the aftermath of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire. The Association of Commonwealth Universities is the world's first global university network and remains the only accredited organization representing higher education across the Commonwealth. Her Royal Highness will also take on Patronage of two additional charities as part of her official working portfolio - Smart Works and Mayhew. In the coming weeks, the Duchess will visit the charities and hold meetings to consolidate her relationships with the organisations.

She has a theatre background having studied theatre and worldwide relations at Northwestern University, Illinois, and volunteered at a performing arts after-school programme for children in underprivileged school districts in Los Angeles.

The duchess, who supported various animal rescue centres when she lived in Los Angeles in America, will also with with Mayhew, an animal welfare charity working to improve the lives of dogs, cats and people in communities both in London and internationally.

Buckingham Palace said that "patronages generally reflect the interests of the member of the Royal Family involved".

The couple are now living in Nottingham Cottage within Kensington Palace, but according to The Sun, they're also renting a place in the Cotswolds.

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