She is expecting her first child with Harry in the spring. Indeed, of Meghan's initial four patronages, two had been held by the Queen, who had been patron of the National Theatre for 45 years and held the same title with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) for more than three decades. Two of them - the National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities - have been handed down to Meghan by Queen Elizabeth II, while two have been chosen to reflect her own interests: animal charity Mayhew, and Smart Works. In addition to her stop at Smart Works, Meghan will also call on the other organisations in the coming weeks.
The duchess has had private visits with the organisations throughout past year, according to the press release. "Marrying into the royal family isn't anywhere near as glamorous as it seems, so in a lot of ways Harry feels responsible for Meghan being so miserable".
Meghan has previously spoken in support of championing the arts, and has expressed she wishes to use her position to make a difference to the arts sector.
The Duchess of Sussex's first royal patronage was accidentally revealed a day early by the National Theatre.
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.
A new report suggests Meghan Markle is "miserable" as the Duchess Of Sussex, less than a year into her post.
The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) describes itself as the world's first and oldest global university network, which supports the development of higher education across the Commonwealth.
The National Theatre's director Rufus Norris has welcomed the announcement of his venue's new patron Meghan.
"We look forward to working closely with the duchess and hope that, together, we can help even more animals and people".
A source close to the Duchess has apparently told a U.S. magazine that Meghan is feeling "miserable" over the waves of criticism she has faced.
She said: "It's not just donating your clothes and seeing where they land, but really being a part of each other's success stories as women, right?"