Markle visited Smart Works today for the first time in her new role as royal patron.
The former "Suits" actress will take over two patronages from the queen, including the National Theatre (a ideal match for the former Hollywood star) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities, which offers scholarships and "life-changing educational opportunities", Kensington Palace said in a statement.
The Duchess is expected to carry out a public visit to the NT in the coming weeks.
The pregnant royal, 37, has been hounded by rumours that she is is nicknamed "Duchess Difficult" and has even made staff cry.
Ruma had been out of work for nearly a year before securing part-time role and is set to come back to the charity for a set of new outfits from the Dressing Room for her new job. "The Duchess' patronage will inspire the women we serve and help them reach for the stars".
She has a background in TV and the arts, and has campaigned on gender inequality and animal rights throughout her life.
Rumours of a royal rift between the women began swirling after news emerged that Meghan and Harry will move away from Kensington Palace to make their home 25 miles away from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Windsor. Queen Elizabeth II is a patron of more than 600 charities and Prince Philip of more than 700. "Harry feels responsible for Meghan being so miserable", the source said.
The announcement of Meghan's official patronages comes as she prepares for a busy 2019.
Buckingham Palace said that "patronages generally reflect the interests of the member of the Royal Family involved". Andrews writes that the duo consider the Cotswold pad as "more of a home" than their current residence, Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace.
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