Meghan supports women and animals with first royal patronages

The couple are expecting their first child in the spring.

She's adapted to royal life easily since announcing her engagement and subsequent wedding to Prince Harry, and now Meghan has celebrated being given four of her own patronages with a glamorous royal engagement.

The Queen has passed two of her patronages on to her granddaughter-in-law, including the National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Meghan Markle is "miserable" and "stressed" in her new role as the Duchess of Sussex, US reports have claimed.

The duchess already has privately visited many charities during her time in the United Kingdom, the palace said.

Then just weeks ago sources claimed Meghan, 37, was "fed-up" of not being able to "stand up for herself" as the demands of royal protocol dictate she keeps a dignified silence amid rumours of tension between the sisters-in-law. Her focus: the importance of education, particularly for women.

It was set up in 2013 with the aim of providing long term unemployed women with the tools they need to get the job they want.

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Caroline Yates, CEO of Mayhew, said, "We are so excited that HRH The Duchess of Sussex has chosen to be our Patron".

Royal patronages are not necessarily for life and the younger royals usually have fewer patronages than older royals, as they steadily acquire more. Queen Elizabeth gifted the estate to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

"I thought it was great", she added with a laugh.

Hollywood insiders recently told Vanity Fair that Meghan is "not a person you can actually be friends with" and that the "insanely smart" Duchess "was always to become a household name". "Harry feels responsible for Meghan being so miserable", the source said.

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.

In 2016 the Queen, now aged 92, stepped down as patron from more than 20 national organisations, handing on the roles to other members of the royal family.

However, this isn't the last of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Kensington Palace, the estate will still serve as home base for their official offices and headquarters.

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