Meghan Markle is taking on an exciting new role in the royal family. It was just announced that the Duchess of Sussex is the patron of four new charities.
Two of those charities were under the patronage of Queen Elizabeth before her granddaughter took over the role. Those charities include the National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities
The Queen held the roles for 45 and 33 years respectively. Now, she's entrusted them to Meghan.
The other two organizations falling under royal patronage are charities Smart Works and Mayhew. Kensington Palace said in a statement the Duchess "held meetings and conducted private visits with each of these organisations... over the next few weeks will undertake public visits to the other three organisations."
According to The Mirror, Markle met with the Queen for tea to discuss the new role at the end of 2018. The 92-year-old monarch is reportedly looking to reduce her workload and pass things onto the next generation.
Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre said: “I would like to thank The Queen for Her Majesty’s long and unwavering support and service to the National Theatre. We were honoured when The Queen became our Patron in 1974 and have celebrated many moments together including, in recent years, the Diamond Jubilee and the marking of our 5