The pregnant Duchess of Sussex visited members of the Smart Works team at St. Charles Hospital in London on Thursday, where she toured the facilities, as well as joked about how a woman rejected one of her handbags that she had donated.
One of the services Smart Works provides is clothing and accessories - outfits for interviews for women who don't have resources to be able make a strong first impression. The other royal patronages, which Markle announced today, are the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Mayhew (an animal organization) and the National Theatre, which leaked the news on Wednesday. This is thought to be a nod to Meghan's activism work before joining the Royal family. She has now passed on the responsibility to the Duchess of Sussex.
'The Duchess is delighted to become Patron of both national and grassroots organisations that are part of the fabric of the United Kingdom, and is very much looking forward to working with them to bring wider public attention to their causes'.
She has a background in TV and the arts, and has campaigned on gender inequality and animal rights throughout her life.More news: Golden Globes: Fiji Water Girl's Identity Revealed
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Unsurprisingly, Prince Harry is now said to "feel responsible for Meghan being so miserable" after previous reports claimed he was already "frustrated" that he could not protect his wife from public scrutiny.
Royal patronages are not necessarily for life and the younger royals usually have fewer patronages than older royals, as they steadily acquire more.
"So if that's in the tools that you give, or the interview prep that's happening ... it's not just hand-me-downs, it's saying, 'OK this is the blazer that I wore that helped me land that interview, and I want this to be the piece that helps this woman have that part of her story'".
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 was met outside by Juliet Hughes-Hallett, Chair and Founder of Smart Works and when inside was part of a discussion panel with Juliet and other volunteers on their work helping over 11,000 long-term unemployed or vulnerable women return to the workforce. Andrews writes that the duo consider the Cotswold pad as "more of a home" than their current residence, Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace.