Duchess of Sussex backs women, animals, arts in first charity patronages

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Cotswold country weekender has been revealed

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Meghan will continue in her role as joint-patron for The Royal Foundation, which was set up by Princes William and Harry.

The Queen has passed on two patronages to Meghan, relinquishing her formal connection with the National Theatre after 45 years, and with the Association of Commonwealth Universities following more than three decades.

She seemed confident and happy while out on Thursday visiting one of her new patronages, Smart Works - a charity that helps long-term unemployed and vulnerable women.

Kensington Palace revealed that Meghan has secretly visited Smart Works several times over the a year ago, as well as the other three organisations, and has got to know the people involved well during that time.

Then just weeks ago sources claimed Meghan, 37, was "fed-up" of not being able to "stand up for herself" as the demands of royal protocol dictate she keeps a dignified silence amid rumours of tension between the sisters-in-law.

The actress is a huge supporter of animal welfare.

"An acknowledged champion of women and their rights worldwide, The Duchess will motivate ever more women to come to our centres and get the job that will transform their lives". "We would like to thank Her Majesty The Queen for her support, and we look forward to working closely with The Duchess as our Patron".

"The Duchess of Sussex announced as our new Royal Patron"'. They face many challenges, one of them is attire.

Meghan began her public charitable work in the United Kingdom soon after she Wednesday Prince Harry in May. Queen Elizabeth gifted the estate to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Arriving at the women's charity Thursday morning, the mum-to-be who is thought to be seven or eight months pregnant definitely had a glow about her and left her make-up minimal and her hair in a signature low bun.

Marina also revealed what qualities Meghan has that will make her such a great patron for the charity. The Cotswolds home is meant to act as an interim home base as they await renovations on Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, which will be their new official residence starting this spring.

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