Meghan's four patronages focus on the arts, education, women and animals

By Jessica Pollack

The Duchess of Sussex's patronages have been revealed eight months after her royal wedding to Prince Harry and the eight organizations are all in line with the mom-to-be's passions. "The Duchess of Sussex will become Patron of four organisations that reflect the causes and issues with which she has long been associated including the arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare," said Kensington Palace in a tweet.

Fans have been eager to know Meghan's official causes and they were surely thrilled with the selection. Smart Works, which the pregnant royal visited on Thursday (Jan. 10) following the announcement of her patronages, helps unemployed and disadvantaged women to gain confidence and skills to help them find jobs. Stylish Meghan, clad in an Oscar de la Renta coat, Hatch dress and cow-print pumps, hung out in the organization's closet lending advice to ladies getting dressed ahead of their job interviews.

Meghan visited Smart Works after her patronages were announced. Photo: © Getty Images 

The former actress naturally aligns herself with the arts, taking on one of the Queen's former posts of 45 years to become patron of the National Theatre after a secret meeting late last year. "The Duchess is a strong believer in using the arts to bring people from different backgrounds and communities together," said the palace.

Her Majesty also handed over the Association of Commonwealth Universities after 33 years, the world's first and oldest university network, so the 37-year-old can carry on her work with the Commonwealth and access to education.

"The Duchess shares our passion for the transformational power of higher education, and Her Royal Highness’ support will help champion higher education as a force for good in the Commonwealth and beyond," said Dr Joanna Newman MBE, Chief Executive and Secretary General of the ACU.

Having rescued three dogs, including the lab that she and Prince Harry welcomed last year, Mayhew was a fitting choice. The organization "uses innovative ways to reduce the number of animals in need through proactive community, and educational initiatives and preventative veterinary care."

Meghan and Harry adopted a labrador this year to join her rescue beagle mix Guy. Photo: © Getty Images 

Meghan's sister-in-law Kate, who celebrated her 37th birthday yesterday, announced her first four patronages nine months after her royal wedding in January 2012. The Duchess of Cambridge put her focus on health at all ages with Action on Addiction and East Anglia Children's Hospices, as well as the arts in her position with the Art Room and the National Portrait Gallery. In addition, she became a volunteer for the Scout Association near her North Wales home.

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