We’re only into the second week of 2019 and already the Duchess of Sussex has hit the ground running.
On Thursday, Kensington Palace announced all four of organizations that Meghan will champion as a member of the House of Windsor. In a statement released by the palace, it was noted that the organizations “reflect the causes and issues with which she has long been associated including the arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare.”
Meghan, who is expecting her first child with Prince Harry this spring (still no word yet on an estimated due date for Baby Sussex), is also directly inheriting not one, but two, causes from Queen Elizabeth: the National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities — roles which “the Queen has held … for 45 and 33 years respectively.”
“Whilst Her Royal Highness [the Duchess of Sussex] spent 10 years working in television, her training is in theatre,” the palace statement continued. “As well as a double major in theatre and international relations from Northwestern University, which is renowned for its drama programme, Her Royal Highness volunteered at a performing arts after school programme for children in underprivileged school districts in Los Angeles.”
The other two charities Meghan will advocate for are Smart Works, which provides clothing and job interview training skills for vulnerable women, and Mayhew, an animal welfare charity that the dog-friendly duchess will no doubt fully enjoy.
To coincide with the palace’s announcement, Meghan visited the London headquarters of Smart Works on Thursday and helped some of the women pick outfits for their new jobs, including Patsy Wardally who tried on a chic tan coloured coat to go along with her red patterned dress.
This wasn’t the duchesses first trek to Smart Works, either: Meghan secretly visited the charity last March before the Royal Wedding, and has been back a total of five times since to help coach for women for job interviews.
The duchess later sat down with both volunteers and women who have used the organization in the past to learn more about their personal experiences.
Prior to her sudden rise to fame after she started dating Harry in 2016, Meghan worked with World Vision where she acted as global ambassador. She’s also a former United Nations ambassador for women’s rights. The Duchess of Sussex — a humanitarian from the start.