The Duchess has already met with women who have benefited from Smart Works, a charity which helps long-term unemployed and vulnerable women get back into work.
Who is Meghan supporting?
Mayhew is an animal welfare charity set up in 1886 which helps cats and dogs through community initiatives and veterinary care. It also works with homelessness charities in London to make sure people and their dogs can be kept together.
The National Theatre (NT) aims to make world-class theatre for everyone. The NT’s learning and participation programmes support young people’s creativity across the UK.
Smart Works provides high-quality clothes and one-to-one interview preparation to unemployed women. They can be referred from jobcentres, prisons, care homes, homeless shelters, work programmes, and mental health charities.
The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) describes itself as the world’s first and oldest international university network. It supports the development of higher education across the Commonwealth.
Buckingham Palace said that “patronages generally reflect the interests of the member of the Royal Family involved”.
Meghan Markle made her name as an actress, campaigner and blogger before marrying Prince Harry in May 2018 and was best known for playing lawyer Rachel Zane in US TV drama Suits.
She started campaigning for gender equality at an early age, writing to the then US first lady, Hillary Clinton, at the age of 11, lamenting a washing-up liquid’s TV ad strapline: “Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans.”
Within a month, manufacturers Procter and Gamble had changed the word “women” to “people”.
Kensington Palace said in a statement: “The Duchess is delighted to become patron of both national and grassroots organisations that are part of the fabric of the UK, and is very much looking forward to working with them to bring wider public attention to their causes.”
The Duchess of Sussex will become Patron of four organisations that reflect the causes and issues with which she has long been associated including the arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare. pic.twitter.com/tU9QWDlPyH
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