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The Duchess of Sussex is to become the patron of four charities supporting vulnerable women, education, the arts and animals, Kensington Palace announced Thursday.

She will also become patron of the National Theatre, a role handed down to her from the Queen.

In addition to the arts, the pregnant Duchess will work with organisations to cover access to education, support for women and animal welfare.

Kensington Palace said Thursday that Meghan will take over two roles as patron that have for decades been held by Queen Elizabeth II and is taking two other roles as well.

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. "I very much look forward to working closely with Her Royal Highness in the years to come".

The Duchess of Sussex, who is due to give birth to her first child in spring, is estranged from Thomas Markle Jr. and her half sister Samantha.

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Smart Works is a charity that helps long term, unemployed and vulnerable women regain the skills, confidence and tools to succeed at job interviews, return to employment and turn around their lives.

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Mayhew is an animal welfare charity which helps cats and dogs through community initiatives and veterinary care. "Her Royal Highness feels she can use her position to focus attention on, and make a particular difference to these organizations and, more widely, the sectors they each represent". The duchess shares our deeply held conviction that theatre has the power to bring together people from all communities and walks of life.

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 a year ago as they plan their work together.

Chief executive Kate Stephens said: "We are delighted that the Duchess of Sussex is our royal patron".

Juliet Hughes-Hallett, chair and founder of Smart Works, said she was "thrilled" to have the Duchess on board.

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