HM was royal patron for 45 years. The Palace notes that while Meghan worked in TV for many years her training was in theater; it was one of her majors at Northwestern. KP adds that Meghan, “volunteered at a performing arts after school programme for children in underprivileged school districts in Los Angeles.” The Theatre’s artistic director, Rufus Norris, who has met with Meghan, said “The Duchess shares our deeply-held conviction that theater has the power to bring together people from all communities and walks of life.”
One of the theatre’s major new initiatives, Public Acts, is a participatory program involving the community.
To learn more about how to support the theatre and their programmes or make DONATIONS, please visit The National Theatre site.
HM was royal patron for the organization for 33 years before passing it to Meghan. You may remember Meghan’s ACU meeting in December 2018.
Among the topics at that meeting: “…the role of higher education in addressing issues such as human trafficking, modern slavery, gender equality, peace and reconciliation, and climate change” according to Kensington Palace.
From Meghan’s remarks at the University of the South Pacific (an ACU member university): “Everyone should be afforded the opportunity to receive the education they want, but more importantly the education they have the right to receive. And for women and girls in developing countries, this is vital.” One of the ACU’s key principles is the value of higher education to society – or its role ‘as a common good,’ per a palace press release.
Smart Works – Dressing and coaching unemployed women for job success.
The organization “…helps long-term unemployed and vulnerable women regain the skills, confidence and tools to succeed at job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives.”
There are seven Smart Works locations in the UK offering free interview clothing and coaching for women with confirmed job interviews.
The organization said that Meghan’s “….decision to support Smart Works reflects her passion in supporting women, and her commitment will help women in need across the UK.” And from Smart Works Chair and Founder Juliet Hughes-Hallett –
“We have been honoured to welcome the Duchess to our West London Centre and see her engage with our clients and volunteers. Her empathy and insight were obvious. The Duchess is a natural coach and our clients were inspired and helped by her.”
If in the UK, find out how you can get involved by visiting the Smart Works site.
In the United States, please visit the similar charity, Dress for Success to find out how you can get involved and make donations.
The Mayhew – An animal welfare charity working to improve the lives of dogs, cats and the people in communities in London and internationally. They are entirely funded by the donations.
In January 2019, The Duchess of Sussex was named Patron of Mayhew. Animal Welfare is just one of many issues and causes Meghan has championed over the years.
More from Mayhew’s CEO, Caroline Yates –
We are so excited that HRH The Duchess of Sussex has chosen to be our Patron. Mayhew works to improve the lives of dogs, cats and the people in our community, tackling the root cause of animal abandonment and neglect and supporting vulnerable people to stay with their companion pets. The Duchess has spent many years championing animal welfare, and we are honoured to have our charity represented by such a passionate Patron. We look forward to working closely with The Duchess and hope that, together, we can help even more animals and people.”
The Mayhew’s vision is “a society where people understand the importance and value of animal welfare” and their mission is to “promote animal welfare by delivering a broad range of community-based veterinary, care and education services in the UK and overseas.”
To learn more about The Mayhew, visit there site at www.themeyhew.org.
TOGETHER – Our Community Cookbook
Meghan’s first solo charity project as the Duchess of Sussex. All profits from the sales will help support communities through cook and sharing food. You can read more about the project here.
Together: Our Community Cookbook features more than 50 recipes from the Hubb Community Kitchen. The Hubb was started by women displaced following the deadly Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, which killed 72 people. Currently the kitchen is open two days a week. It is hoped enough money will be raised through the book sales to keep it open up to seven days a week. The initial goal is to sell 50,000 copies of the cookbook which will surely be surpassed with the sellout on some online sites.
Invictus Games 2018 —
“On a trip to the Warrior Games in the United States in 2013, The Duke of Sussex saw the positive impact sport could have on the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, injured and ill servicemen and women. He vowed to take the idea and launch a similar event in the UK. The Invictus Games Foundation was established and in 2014 London hosted the inaugural Invictus Games, at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with more than 400 competitors from 13 nations.” — The Story, Invictus Games 2018
This year’s games take place 20-27 October 2018.
If you would like to donate to the Invictus Games 2018 the please visit their site at invictusgames2018.org
To show your support a variety of Invictus Games 2018 products in the official shop.