This morning, the Palace announced a total of four new royal patronages for the Duchess of Sussex. Meghan has taken on The National Theatre, The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Smart Works and Mayhew.
The patronages represent a diverse range of interests for the Duchess: Women’s empowerment, universal education, the arts, and animal welfare.
And there is one big task she’s been given as part of her role with the National Theatre. According to the Mail, one of her tasks will be to strengthen connections between the theatre. They hope she will bring a ‘Meghan dividend’.
Not long ago it was reported that the Duchess would take over the theater patronage after she had a private meeting with its director, Rufus Norris. And this is a fitting position for Meghan, who built a career as an actress before she entered the Royal family.
It was reported that the Queen and Meghan have met for tea at Buckingham Palace to discuss her new role at the end of last year.
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.
“We were honoured when The Queen became our Patron in 1974 and have celebrated many moments together including, in recent years, the Diamond Jubilee and the marking of our 50th anniversary.
“It is a privilege to welcome The Duchess of Sussex as our new Patron. The Duchess shares our deeply-held conviction that theatre has the power to bring together people from all communities and walks of life.
“I very much look forward to working closely with Her Royal Highness in the years to come”.
Following the announcement of her new roles within the royal family, Meghan has made her first official visit to her new patronage Smart Works. It is an organization which helps vulnerable and longterm unemployed women develop the skills they need to return to work.