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(Their first child together is due this spring.) It was previously reported that Harry "wants to escape the goldfish bowl of royal life for the sake of his marriage and his unborn child", according to royal correspondent Rebecca English of The Daily Mail.

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

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.

In the statement announcing her association with the charity, Kensington Palace said the Duchess has always been inspired by helping other women to succeed and even donated her "prom dresses" while at university as part of a project to help young women in underprivileged areas.

The organizations "reflect the causes and issues with which she has always been associated including the arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare", the palace said.

Each organization focuses on something the soon-to-be-mom is passionate about, from empowering young women to supporting education for young girls - and of course, she's not staying away from her love for animals. "We would like to thank Her Majesty The Queen for her support, and we look forward to working closely with The Duchess as our Patron". "The Duchess' patronage will inspire the women we serve and help them reach for the stars".

Unsurprisingly, Prince Harry is now said to "feel responsible for Meghan being so miserable" after previous reports claimed he was already "frustrated" that he could not protect his wife from public scrutiny. Queen Elizabeth II is a patron of more than 600 charities and Prince Philip of more than 700.

"So to know, as a woman coming in, I would imagine, (knowing) that you have so many others believing in you, on all the next phases, is the piece that makes it so special".

The announcement of her first solo patronages helps to answer the question of how the...

Employment charity Smart Works is the fourth organisation that the 37-year-old will support.

The couple are also set to move into their new home in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

  • Jacqueline Ellis