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Duchess Of Sussex Chooses Her New Year Charities

Meghan Markle Starts The Year Benefiting Charities The Duchess of Sussex has chosen four charities to support in her role as a new member of the Royal Family. Kensington...

Meghan Markle Starts The Year Benefiting Charities

The Duchess of Sussex has chosen four charities to support in her role as a new member of the Royal Family. Kensington Palace has announced that Meghan will become Patron for The National Theatre, The Association of Commonwealth Universities, Smart Works and Mayhew.

It follows months of work since her wedding to Prince Harry in May last year. The Duchess wanted to choose charities for which she felt she could make the biggest difference.

Two of the patronages have been passed on to Meghan by The Queen: The National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities. In her role for the National Theatre she wants to help it broaden its reach to different parts of the population – attracting younger and more diverse audiences and actors.

She has held private meetings with the Theatre’s director Rufus Morris in recent months when they discussed how she could help with their plans for the future. Meghan will use her knowledge from her former career, as a mixed race actor in the USA.

The Duchess will visit one of her chosen charities, Smart Works, today. The charity helps women who can’t get work. Half of Smart Works’ clients are from an ethnic minority, are long-term unemployed and have been unsuccessful with a large number of job applications.

The Association of Commonwealth Universities is the only organisation representing higher education across all 53 Commonwealth countries.
Meghan spoke of her commitment to the Commonwealth in her engagement interview in 2017 and had the national flowers of all the member countries sewn into her wedding dress.

Mayhew is a grassroots animal welfare charity. Meghan supported a number of animal rescue centers in Los Angeles. Mayhew works mostly in London and improves the lives of dogs, cats and prevents them being abandoned and neglected. It also educates people worldwide about responsible pet ownership.

Kensington Palace said: “Her Royal Highness feels she can use her position to focus attention on, and make a particular difference to these organisations and, more widely, the sectors they each represent.”

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