For what we imagine is sorta like a sorority choosing a philanthropy project, Meghan Markle has been bestowed with not one, not two, but FOUR patronages to oversee as a member of the royal family.
Queen Elizabeth granted the Duchess of Sussex her first official royal patronages on Thursday, which include supporting the arts via the National Theater; access to education via the Association of Commonwealth Universities; support for women with Smart Works, a charity which helps unemployed women regain skills; and animal welfare, through animal organization Mayhew.
While we sorta saw the National Theater one coming (especially since she had secret meetings with the director and was a member of the entertainment industry during her time as an actress on Suits), Kensington Palace gave a sweet reason for the queen’s decision: “The Duchess is a strong believer in using the arts to bring people from different backgrounds and communities together. Whilst Her Royal Highness spent ten years working in television, her training is in theatre. As well as a double major in theatre and international relations from Northwestern University, which is renowned for its drama programme, Her Royal Highness volunteered at a performing arts after school programme for children in underprivileged school districts in Los Angeles.”
Oooh, OK, Queen Elizabeth. We see you giving Markle’s non-royal background and American university days the thumbs-up.