Meghan is ‘well liked’ by staff and they admire her ‘drive’

Lewis Collier
January 12, 2019

Speaking about the duchess's work supporting various animal rescue centres in her home city of Los Angeles, Ms Yates added: "The duchess has spent many years championing animal welfare, and we are honoured to have our charity represented by such a passionate patron".

National Theatre director Rufus Norris said: "I would like to thank the Queen for Her Majesty's long and unwavering support and service to the National Theatre".

We think you'll all agree that the Duchess of Sussex looked gorgeous as ever at her latest public appearance on Thursday, visiting one of her first royal patronage organisations, Smart Works, in a chic black midi dress and camel trench coat.

Meghan will become Patron of The National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Kate Middleton, Markle's sister-in-law, received her first royal patronage for the Royal Foundation in October 2011, six months after she tied the knot with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.

She is set to take over two roles from The Queen, who is granting Meghan two of her patronages as a show of support and trust.

At Smart Works, Meghan helped Patsy Wardally pick out some clothes.

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Meghan will also be a patron of Mayhew, an animal welfare charity, and Smart Works.

The Duchess of Sussex joked self-deprecatingly with Lady Juliet Hughes-Hallett, a former editor of Vogue UK, about the incident.

The National Theatre confirmed the Duchess had met privately with the director of the National Rufus Norris at the theatre previous year, and is expected to carry out a public visit at the theatre at some point in the next few weeks.

Hollywood insiders recently told Vanity Fair that Meghan is "not a person you can actually be friends with" and that the "insanely smart" Duchess "was always to become a household name".

"She has done so much research".

The Theatre is one of the U.K.'s most prominent, publicly funded, performing arts venues and was a role handed to her by her grandmother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth.

Once an outspoken feminist who gave speeches at United Nations forums, Meghan has since shut down her social media accounts as part of her transition from actress to duchess.

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