The Duchess of Sussex has announced her first patronages, as she vows to help unemployed women to feel confident about their upcoming job interviews with personal styling and makeovers.
Kensington Palace today disclosed the four roles the Duchess will take on, as the new Royal Patron of the National Theatre, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, animal charity the Mayhew, and Smart Works, which is partnered with the Telegraph’s Stella Magazine and provides a new wardrobe for women who are seeking work, as well as one-to-one coaching for interviews.
The Duchess, who has long advocated for women’s empowerment, is understood to have paid numerous quiet visits to the charity already, sitting in to help on client meetings as worked to choose suitable royal patronages within her areas of interest.
She will also become patron of the National Theatre, a role handed down to her from the Queen. She is considered particularly suitable for the position thanks to her former career as an actress, with hopes that she will help boost the theatre’s ambition to convince a new, young, diverse audience that the art for is for them.
Kensington Palace has confirmed that the Duchess will also take on a role with the Association of Commonwealth Universities, which represents higher education across all 53 Commonwealth countries.