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In the statement announcing her association with the charity, Kensington Palace said the Duchess has always been inspired by helping other women to succeed and even donated her "prom dresses" while at university as part of a project to help young women in underprivileged areas.

Meghan Markle, who is settling into royal life quite nicely, will be a patron of four charities in her lifelong role as Duchess of Sussex, Kensington Palace announced Thursday.

"It is a privilege to welcome the Duchess of Sussex as our new patron".

Smart Works is one of four of Meghan's patronages, the other three of which include the National Theatre, The Association of Commonwealth Universities, and Mayhew. The Association of Commonwealth Universities is the world's first worldwide university network and remains the only accredited organization representing higher education across the Commonwealth. She has taken on more charity work on her plate since.

Her simple t-shirt Eliza dress by Hatch retails for just $218 and showed off just how much Baby Sussex has grown ahead of the 37-year-old's "early spring" due date.

Last year, the same publication reported that the rift between Kate and Meghan has "put pressure" on the couple's marriage.

Add Royal Family as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Royal Family news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Meanwhile, it's no surprise that Meghan, a vocal feminist, chose an organization focused on helping women regain the skills and confidence to find jobs after unemployment.

Mayhew is an animal welfare charity which helps cats and dogs through community initiatives and veterinary care. The announcement came at the beginning of the first new year following her royal wedding, just like Meghan.

Meghan Markle will be stepping up her royal duties in 2019 as today Kensington Palace revealed she will be given her first royal patronages. Andrews writes that the duo consider the Cotswold pad as "more of a home" than their current residence, Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace.


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