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

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In addition, Meghan will become patron of two additional charities: Smart Works, which helps vulnerable women find the skills needed to work, and Mayhew, a grassroots organization active in London and internationally.

The role was previously filled by the Queen, who is also passing on her patronage to The Association of Commonwealth Universities to her new granddaughter-in-law. It wasn't until January 2012 that she revealed she would be a patron of four charities: East Anglia's Children's Hospices, the Art Room, the National Portrait Gallery and the Scout Association.

Acknowledging that Meghan is "definitely bothered by all the reports and speculation", the source also claimed that the Duchess of Sussex has been affected by recent reports portraying her as a social climber.

After becoming a member of the royal family previous year in September, Markle released the cookbook Together with women of the Hubb Community Kitchen, a group of displaced Londoners who banded together to cook for their families and neighbors in the aftermath of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire. "The Duchess will today visit Smart Works and over the next few weeks will undertake public visits to the other three organisations".

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The Director of the National Theatre, Rufus Norris, said it was a "privilege to welcome The Duchess of Sussex as our new Patron", adding that Meghan "shares our deeply-held conviction that theatre has the power to bring together people from all communities and walks of life".

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

Meghan will continue in her role as joint-patron for The Royal Foundation, which was set up by Princes William and Harry.

Rumours of a royal rift between the women began swirling after news emerged that Meghan and Harry will move away from Kensington Palace to make their home 25 miles away from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Windsor.

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Meghan Markle is expected to give birth to her first baby this spring.

As a known dog (and animal) lover, the royal "has long understood the connection between animals and community welfare", making her the flawless person to support the cause.

Buckingham Palace said that "patronages generally reflect the interests of the member of the Royal Family involved".

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