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10 January 2019, 02:41 | Max Haynes
This is where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been hiding since May
The Duchess of Sussex set out her royal manifesto today as she announced her patronage of organisations promoting women, animals, education and the arts. "The Duchess's decision to support Smart Works reflects her passion in supporting women and her commitment will help women in need across the United Kingdom".
Meghan, 37, will start the new roles immediately. She first hinted that it was an area of interest during her December visit to Brinsworth House, a residential nursing and care home for British entertainers run by the Royal Variety Charity.
"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".
The organizations were naturally delighted to have Meghan's endorsement.
Joanna Newman, chief executive and secretary general of the ACU, said she was "thrilled" Meghan had become their new patron. "The Duchess has spent many years championing animal welfare, and we are honored to have our charity represented by such a passionate Patron". "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".
Speaking at Smart Works, the Duchess said: "It is not just about donating your clothes, it is about being part of each other's success stories with the tools you give and the interview prep, it is every piece of it".
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. However, sources close to the pregnant Duchess of Sussex revealed she feels stressed about the speculation surrounding her rumored feud with Kate Middleton and other negative reports.
Mayhew is an animal welfare charity which helps cats and dogs through community initiatives and veterinary care.
Royal patronages are not necessarily for life and the younger royals usually have fewer patronages than older royals, as they steadily acquire more.
Meghan reportedly has had not had any contact with her dad since before her wedding, when he was caught staging paparazzi photos for money.
Buckingham Palace said that "patronages generally reflect the interests of the member of the Royal Family involved".
Meghan, who was an actress before her marriage to Prince Harry, will work with the National Theatre. 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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