Duchess Meghan takes over patronages from the Queen

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She is expecting her first child with Harry in the spring.

She will also work with The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and an animal welfare charity, Mayhew.

The Duchess of Sussex has become the patron of a range of organisations reflecting her interests in the arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare, Kensington Palace has announced. The dress, named the Eliza Dress, is the first maternity dress she's worn since her pregnancy announcement in October. The Queen held the roles at the National Theatre and Commonwealth Universities for 45 and 33 years respectively. Markle stopped by Smart Works on Thursday for her first public appearance at the organization.

More information about Meghan Markle's new patronages can be found on the royal family's website.

The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, is to become the National Theatre's new Royal Patron, it has been announced.

Meghan, 37, will start the new roles immediately.

A source close to the Duchess has apparently told a United States magazine that Meghan is feeling "miserable" over the waves of criticism she has faced.

Meanwhile, the "ambitious" Duchess is becoming increasingly "frustrated" by The Palace rejecting all her ideas and feels she has "no voice" according to U.S. reports.

According to The Sun, Harry and Meghan began renting the property early last year on a two-year lease and moved in just before their May wedding. Her Royal Highness will also take on Patronage of two additional charities as part of her official working portfolio - Smart Works and Mayhew. She has a background in TV and the arts, and has campaigned on gender inequality and animal rights throughout her life.

As a known dog (and animal) lover, the royal "has long understood the connection between animals and community welfare", making her the flawless person to support the cause.

Kensington Palace confirmed Meghan would be visiting the Smart Works today, and will be making public visits to the other three organisations over the coming weeks.