Duchess of Sussex backs women, animals, arts in first charity patronages

Duchess of Sussex backs women, animals, arts in first charity patronages

The Duchess of Sussex is officially in her third-and last-trimester of her pregnancy, and she's going out with a bang with her first-ever maternity dress.

"The Queen has held the roles for 45 and 33 years respectively", the palace said in a statement.

The news was revealed yesterday accidentally, ahead of the official announcement, on the National Theatre's website.

She will also work with The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and an animal welfare charity, Mayhew. According to the palace, "Her Royal Highness is a strong advocate of accessible education".

Arriving at the women's charity Thursday morning, the mum-to-be who is thought to be seven or eight months pregnant definitely had a glow about her and left her make-up minimal and her hair in a signature low bun.

Now while you can't take this for gospel truth, old wives tales about pregnancy have been circulating for years and although there's no proof they have any real bearing on things, people are interested all the same and royal fans are pretty much obsessed with Meghan Markle's bump.

Meghan, who Wednesday Prince Harry in May, will now assume her role as the royal patron of several charitable organisations.

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Interview coach Marina Novis told HELLO! that Meghan had shared some confidence-boosting tips during an interview coaching session when she first visited the charity back in March 2018. Women supported by the charity have often been rejected for dozens of jobs in the past. "I very much look forward to working closely with Her Royal Highness in the years to come".

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

The duchess will visit Smart Works later Thursday and is expected to call on the other three charities over the coming weeks, the palace said in a statement.

Kate's first royal patronage was announced in October 2011, when she joined husband Prince William and brother-in-law Prince Harry at The Royal Foundation.

In 2016 the Queen, now aged 92, stepped down as patron from more than 20 national organisations, handing on the roles to other members of the royal family.

The couple are now living in Nottingham Cottage within Kensington Palace, but according to The Sun, they're also renting a place in the Cotswolds.

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