Duchess Meghan takes over patronages from the Queen

Meghan will now be patron The National Theatre, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, women's charity Smart Works and animal charity Mayhew.

And the Duchess' passion for women's empowerment will come in handy with her work for Smart Works, an organization that provides support for long-term unemployed women who want to return to work.

And it was accidentally revealed by the theatre on Wednesday in a post in the "what's on" section of its website.

According to PEOPLE, she first gave clues this was an area of interest for her after a visit to Brinsworth House - a residential nursing and care home for British entertainers.

Ruma had been out of work for nearly a year before securing part-time role and is set to come back to the charity for a set of new outfits from the Dressing Room for her new job.

The source also adds that the pregnant 37-year-old is hurt by recent reports portraying her as social climber.

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Two of the patronages Meghan now has formerly belonged to the Queen and have been handed over to the Duchess. "Marrying into the royal family isn't anywhere near as glamorous as it seems, so in a lot of ways Harry feels responsible for Meghan being so miserable".

She has a background in TV and the arts, and has campaigned on gender inequality and animal rights throughout her life.

Kensington Palace confirmed Meghan would be visiting the Smart Works today, and will be making public visits to the other three organisations over the coming weeks.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had originally planned to raise their first child in a new apartment near where Prince William and Kate Middleton live in Kensington Palace.

The announcement is a major milestone for the American-born former actress, outlining the first steps of her public life as a member of the monarchy.

See more on Markle in the video below. The Cotswolds home is meant to act as an interim home base as they await renovations on Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, which will be their new official residence starting this spring.

Markle, who starred on the TV show "Suits" before she married Prince Harry, was thought to have recently invited Rufus Norris, the artistic director of the theatre, for a private meeting at the Palace.

  • Michelle Webb