Duchess of Sussex to become National Theatre's royal patron

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The Duchess of Sussex stepped out in London overnight, visiting one of the four British charities she was announced as patron of hours earlier.

The Duchess of Sussex has been announced as the new royal patron of the National Theatre.

Markle, who is expecting her baby with Prince Harry this spring, is inheriting two causes from Queen Elizabeth II: the National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

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The newlywed royal is now a patron of four organisations, Kensington Palace revealed in a press release on Thursday.

Meghan has previously spoken in support of championing the arts, and has expressed she wishes to use her position to make a difference to the arts sector.

In addition to Smart Works, Meghan chose animal charity Mayhew and the Queen has passed on both the patronages of the National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities to Meghan.

Meghan Markle visits one of her charities, Smart Works.

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While Mayhew is a grassroots animal welfare organisation.

"Meghan made a huge sacrifice by moving across the pond, away from her mom and friends", an insider familiar with the situation told US Weekly.

On the appointment of Meghan to the role, Norris said: "It is a privilege to welcome The Duchess of Sussex as our new Patron".

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

The duchess already has privately visited many charities during her time in the United Kingdom, the palace said. "This country is still very class-driven and there is a perception, and anything that adds to the perception that this place is not for everyone can be a downfall".

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.

In response to the negative press attention, a royal insider told Us Weekly: "Meghan has so much on her plate, between being pregnant and dealing with the public backlash and she's finding the whole situation incredibly stressful".