- Meghan Markle has taken over two royal patronages from the Queen, and they reflect her past as an actress, and her enthusiasm for education.
- She has taken on the the roles of Royal Patron to the National Theatre, and The Association of Commonwealth Universities.
- Markle shot to fame on USA Network’s “Suits” and volunteered at a performing arts school for children in Los Angeles.
- She is also a strong supporter of universal education, especially for women and children in developing nations.
Meghan Markle has taken over two royal positions from the Queen, and the positions reflect her success as an actress and her commitment to education for all.
On Thursday, Markle was announced as the new Royal Patron of the National Theatre and of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
The Queen has held the roles since 1974 and 1986 respectively. She handed over responsibility as part of a gradual wind down of her royal duties as her continues into her 90s.
During her royal tour to Fiji, New Zealand, and Tonga in October Markle spoke passionately about giving everyone an education, especially women, and was a successful TV actress on USA Network’s “Suits” before marrying Prince Harry.
Speaking at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji on October 24 she said: “For women and children in developing countries it is vital” that they get “the education they have the right to receive” as it’s the “key to economic and social development.”
The university is part of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, which includes more than 500 universities in 50 of the 53 countries which make up the Commonwealth.
In the Thursday announcement the Palace also said: “The Duchess is a strong believer in using the arts to bring people from different backgrounds and communities together.”
In an email, the National Theatre said: “Her Royal Highness volunteered at a performing arts after school programme for children in underprivileged school districts in Los Angeles.”
“The patronage reflects Her Royal Highness’s belief in using the arts to bring people from different backgrounds and communities together.”
Markle holds a degree in theatre and international relations from Northwestern University, which is renowned for its drama programme.
The Palace’s press release also said she would take on patronages for two other organisations as well.
They are Smart Works – a charity which helps unemployed and vulnerable women get back into work – and the animal charity Mayhew.
Meghan was filmed by Daily Mail royal correspondent Rebecca English arriving at the Smart Works HQ in North London on Thursday, after the Palace had made the announcement:
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) January 10, 2019
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