Meghan Markle reportedly 'miserable' in her new royal role

Meghan and Harry reportedly began renting the Cotswold property before their wedding last year More

Meghan and Harry reportedly began renting the Cotswold property before their wedding last year More

The Duchess of Sussex stepped out in high style on Thursday (Jan. 10) as she visited one of her four newly announced royal patronages, Smart Works, which helps to turn around the lives of unemployed and disadvantaged women by giving them skills training and the tools to succeed.

The role was previously filled by the Queen, who is also passing on her patronage to The Association of Commonwealth Universities to her new granddaughter-in-law.

The Queen chose to pass on two of her patronages to Meghan Markle, The National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities, which Her Majesty has held for 45 and 33 years respectively.

This comes just months before the royal is due to deliver her first baby, which would solidify and perhaps arguably legitimize her place as in the royal family.

The National Theatre's post confirmed speculation Meghan would be taking over from Queen Elizabeth, who has been a long time patron of the organisation.

Markle stopped by Smart Works on Thursday for her first public appearance at the organization.

To date the charity has helped over 11,000 women and aims to dress 3,500 women this year across their two London offices, and additional bases in key cities across the UK - Edinburgh, Manchester, Reading, Birmingham and Newcastle.

GettyThe Duchess of Sussex visits Smart Works in London on January 10.

The National Theatre confirmed the Duchess had met privately with the director of the National Rufus Norris at the theatre a year ago, and is expected to carry out a public visit at the theatre at some point in the next few weeks.

Meghan proudly cradled her baby bump.

The National Theatre was given permission to add the prefix Royal to its name in 1988, to mark its 25th birthday, but it has not changed its moniker.

"There's no question about the fact that theatre has a challenge".

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attends a garden party at Buckingham Palace on 22 May 2018.

The official Kensington Palace Twitter account wrote: "The duchess is a strong believer in using the arts to bring people from different backgrounds and communities together".

"She has done so much research".

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