Duchess Meghan gives fashion tips to unemployed and vulnerable women

Duchess Meghan gives fashion tips to unemployed and vulnerable women

Duchess Meghan gives fashion tips to unemployed and vulnerable women

The Duchess has already met with women who have benefited from Smart Works, a charity which helps long-term unemployed and vulnerable women get back into work.

The Queen chose to pass on two of her patronages to Meghan Markle, The National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities, which Her Majesty has held for 45 and 33 years respectively.

The duchess's position with the National Theatre was leaked ahead of the official announcement and widely reported over the weekend.

Earlier today, though, the Duchess of Sussex used her love of fashion for a greater cause.

In Feb. 2012, Kate made her first patronage visit to the National Portrait Gallery for a private viewing of the works of artist Lucian Freud.

Smart Works, which helps women regain the skills, confidence and tools to succeed in job interviews, is one of the four organizations which Markle has become Royal Patron.

Meghan is believed to be expecting in the Spring, with bookies recently dropping odds on the new royal being a girl.

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Since marrying Prince Harry last May Meghan has made several appearances as events related to the arts.

Royal patronages bring invaluable publicity and fundraising opportunities to charities and community organisations, and the 92-year-old Queen is gradually handing some of hers to other members of the royal family as she ages.

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

The Association of Commonwealth universities network represents higher education across all 53 Commonwealth countries, which squares nicely with the memorable speech she delivered during her whirlwind royal stop in Fiji in October.

But it was her cow-print heels (thought to be from Gianvito Rossi) that were the focal point.

Smart Works' chief executive Kate Stephens said of Markle: "She's really hands-on and involved, and has a natural empathy with people that we've been really impressed by; she's unbelievable". An acknowledged champion of women and their rights worldwide, the duchess will motivate ever more women to come to our centres and get the job that will transform their lives.

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