Meghan Markle's brother will invite her to his wedding

Carla Harmon
January 10, 2019

The Queen passed on two patronages - the National Theatre and the ACU - to the Duchess.

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) describes itself as the world's first and oldest worldwide university network, which supports the development of higher education across the Commonwealth.

The other two are Smart Works, which helps longterm unemployed and vulnerable women regain the skills, confidence and tools to succeed at job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives, and the animal welfare charity Mayhew.

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, is taking an increasingly visible role in the British royal family as she becomes the patron of four organizations including the prestigious National Theatre. 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.

The organizations were naturally delighted to have Meghan's endorsement. A source also told People back in September that the duchess "spends most of her weekends" there.

These reflect her interest in the arts, access to education, support for women, and animal welfare. She plans to visit one of the charities later Thursday, according to Kensington Palace.

Reacting to the news, Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre thanked the Queen for "long and unwavering support and service", and added, "The Duchess shares our deeply-held conviction that theatre has the power to bring together people from all communities and walks of life".

In addition to these two new roles, the Duchess is also taking on two additional charities - Smart Works and Mayhew.

The announcement today, January 10 of the royal patronages shows the Duchess is being given more of a role in the royal family and is making more steps in her public life.

While the Duke and Duchess of Sussex might be waiting to move to their new home Frogmore Cottage before their baby arrives, it seems that they've snapped up another pad in the interim.

The Duchess will visit Smart Works on Thursday and will make public visits to the other three organisations over the next few weeks.

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