Meghan Markle gives fashion tips during royal visit to Smart Works

Meghan Markle gives fashion tips during royal visit to Smart Works

Kensington Palace announced Thursday that the Duchess of Sussex will be the patron of four royal organizations, with two of her roles taking over from Queen Elizabeth II.

Clodagh Kilcoyne / Reuters Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, smiles during her visit at Smart Works charity in West London on January 10.

Kate Middleton, Markle's sister-in-law, received her first royal patronage for the Royal Foundation in October 2011, six months after she tied the knot with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.

The National Theatre is being named as one of her patronages in part due to her experience as an actress. The dress, named the Eliza Dress, is the first maternity dress she's worn since her pregnancy announcement in October.

It said: "We're thrilled that HRH shares our commitment to improving the lives of animals and people, and are excited to make a difference together".

In the statement announcing her association with the charity, Kensington Palace said the Duchess has always been inspired by helping other women to succeed and even donated her "prom dresses" while at university as part of a project to help young women in underprivileged areas. Women supported by the charity have often been rejected for dozens of jobs in the past.

Speaking about the duchess's work supporting various animal rescue centres in her home city of Los Angeles, Ms Yates added: "The duchess has spent many years championing animal welfare, and we are honoured to have our charity represented by such a passionate patron. That's the most important thing.' We all had a bit of a giggle about it".

The duchess already has privately visited many charities during her time in the United Kingdom, the palace said.

The Queen has passed two of her patronages on to her granddaughter-in-law, including the National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

"Members of the royal family can use their patronages to shape their legacy as members of the royal family", Murphy told ABC News.

Amanda also made sure to say that there isn't any official research to credit this but again royal fans are very intrigued to see whether Meghan will have a boy or girl.

Meghan, 37, will start the new roles immediately. She has a background in TV and the arts, and has campaigned on gender inequality and animal rights throughout her life.

Rufus Norris, director of the National Theatre, said: "I would like to thank the Queen for Her Majesty's long and unwavering support and service to the National Theatre".

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