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Meghan chooses charities where she can make a difference

Meghan has chosen four charities to support in her role as a new member of the Royal Family.

The Duchess of Sussex will become the patron of The Association of Commonwealth Universities, Smart Works, The National Theatre and Mayhew.

Kensington Palace said the four organisations ‘reflect the causes and issues with which she has long been associated including the arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare’.

Two of the patronages have been passed on to Meghan by The Queen.

The Duchess is said to have chosen charities where she felt she could make the biggest difference.

The work of the four organisations includes:

  • Smart Works is a charity which helps long term unemployed and vulnerable women regain the skills, confidence and tools to succeed at job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives
  • The Association of Commonwealth Universities is the world’s first and oldest international university network, with more than 500 member institutions in over 50 countries. It is the only accredited organisation representing higher education across the Commonwealth
  • Mayhew is an animal welfare charity working with dogs, cats and the community in London and internationally
  • The National Theatre presents a range of new plays and classics in London, on tour, and via live broadcast to cinemas around the world

Kensington Palace said in a statement: ‘The Duchess is delighted to become patron of both international and grassroots organisations that are part of the fabric of the UK and the Commonwealth, and is very much looking forward to working with them to bring wider public attention to their causes.

‘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.’