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Meghan Markle gives fashion tips during royal visit to Smart Works

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Adrian Cunningham | 12 January, 2019, 20:30

They are all national and grassroot organizations "that are part of the fabric of the U.K", the palace said.

The Duchess of Sussex, who is expecting her first child in the spring, was initially greeted by Smart Works chief executive Kate Stephens.

The announcement came at the beginning of the first new year following her royal wedding, just like Meghan.

Kensington Palace said that over the past 12 months Meghan "has held meetings and conducted private visits" with each of her four new charities or organisations.

The two sisters-in-law share something else in common: both chose patronages that blend their personal interests with charity work.

Former actress Meghan turned stylist for the visit and helped to select clothes for one of the charity's clients, Patsy Wardally.

It was also revealed today that the duchess has taken on honorary roles with the National Theatre and Association of Commonwealth Universities, patronages previously held by the queen.

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On the furry friends side, Markle becomes the royal patron of The Mayhew, an organization dedicated to animal welfare for pets.

The National Theatre confirmed the Duchess had met privately with the director of the National Rufus Norris at the theatre past year, and is expected to carry out a public visit at the theatre at some point in the next few weeks.

"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", a royal insider told Us Weekly.

She will also work with The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and an animal welfare charity, Mayhew.

Mrs Beckham herself was clearly thrilled to see Meghan carrying her design, since she posted a looping video on her Instagram page to tell her followers all about its handy hidden detail. "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".

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pictured attending the unveiling of The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy in Redvale on October 30, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand.