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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.

She is set to visit Smart Works on Thursday and plans to make public visits to the other three organizations in the coming weeks.

In December, Meghan spoke with a group of students and leaders at King's College London as part of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) to discuss the importance and impact of higher education.

The Queen has passed on two patronages, The National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities, and others have been created for her.

When it comes to royal mistakes, it's quite a biggie, considering these are Meghan's first-ever royal patronages given to her by the Queen and there was growing interest over what they would be. Her Royal Highness will also take on Patronage of two additional charities as part of her official working portfolio - Smart Works and Mayhew. This is thought to be a nod to Meghan's activism work before joining the Royal family. 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.

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The statement explained how Meghan feels she can "use her position to focus attention on, and make a particular difference to these organisations", revealing she has been having secret meetings with these organisations for the previous year as they plan their work together.

Smart Works said on Twitter: "We are honoured to announce that HRH The Duchess of Sussex will become the royal patron of Smart Works".

Joanna Newman, chief executive and secretary general of the ACU, said she was "thrilled" Meghan had become their new patron. "Mayhew works to improve the lives of dogs, cats and the people in our community".

The Duchess has already met with women who have benefited from Smart Works, a charity which helps long-term unemployed and vulnerable women get back into work. "We would like to thank Her Majesty The Queen for her support, and we look forward to working closely with The Duchess as our Patron".

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