The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, who is expecting her first child this spring, has accepted a role of a royal patron of the National Theatre from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Read on for more details on what this title would mean for the Duchess.
On Thursday, 10th of January Kensington Palace announced that Meghan Markle will become an official royal patron on four charity organisations in the UK. The National Theatre stated:
“The Duchess is a strong believer in using the arts to bring people from different backgrounds and communities together. National Theatre’s mission is to make world class theatre that’s entertaining, challenging and inspiring – and to make it for everyone.”
The patronage is currently held by the Queen, who is handing it over to her new granddaughter-in-law. The role seems like an ideal fit for the Duchess, who was an actress before she married into the Royal Family.
Along with accepting the patronage of the National Theatre Meghan will also become a royal patron of three other organisations that will champion education, women’s employment and animal welfare.
The Duchess of Sussex will become Patron of four organisations that reflect the causes and issues with which she has long been associated including the arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare. pic.twitter.com/tU9QWDlPyH
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 10, 2019
What other charities would Meghan be a patron of?
The Duchess has taken on honorary roles with Mayhew, Smart Works, and the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Kensington Palace said. Mayhew is an animal welfare charity which helps cats and dogs through community initiatives and veterinary care. The Association of Commonwealth Universities is one of the world’s first and oldest international university networks, which supports the development of higher education across the Commonwealth. Smart Works, a charity which helps long-term unemployed and vulnerable women get back into work, has already benefitted from Meghan Markle’s support as she met with the women that involved with the organisation.
Why do charities need a royal patron?
Buckingham Palace stated that “patronages generally reflect the interests of the member of the Royal Family involved“. In general, a royal patronage can help promote the profile of good causes and help spread awareness nationally and internationally.
Kensington Palace said in a statement:
“The Duchess is delighted to become patron of both national and grassroots organisations that are part of the fabric of the UK, and is very much looking forward to working with them to bring wider public attention to their causes.”
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Text: Irina Gorskaia
Images: The Guardian, National Theatre