The Queen and Meghan Markle have forged an increasingly close bond since she joined the royal family.
And now Her Majesty is set to entrust the Duchess of Sussex with one of her very own, important royal patronages in the New Year, according to royal sources.
While it’s not clear yet which patronage will be handed over, “discussions are ongoing” between Meghan and the Queen, with one recent meeting said to have taken place over tea at Buckingham Palace, with Prince Harry in tow.
Meghan recently visited the Royal Variety Charity, of which the Queen is a patron, so this could be a potential hint of the direction the Duchess of Sussex could go in with her new patronage.
And it seems that royal fans would certainly approve should this be the case. They were quick to comment on the above post praising Meghan’s easy manner with residents at one of the residential and nursing care homes for elderly entertainers operated by the chairty.
One wrote,”She is so wonderful at engaging properly with people. The Royal Family should be so grateful for her.”
While another added,”I love how Duchess Meghan is so warm, kind, and charismatic. She always seems interested, takes her time, and tries to make a genuine connection with everyone she meets during her engagements. So very nice to see her spreading some holiday cheer.”
It’s not the first time the monarch has passed on some of her many royal duties to younger members of the family. In 2016, the Queen stepped down from 25 of her 600 patronages, and gave the Duchess of Cambridge the role as patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club – or Wimbledon, as it’s known to most.
Pregnant Meghan is expected to announce her very first patronages in January or February 2019, just months before her first baby is due in the spring.
The Duchess of Cambridge has already led the way in terms of showing how motherhood and royal commitments to charitable causes can be juggled side-by-side.
And the Duchess of Sussex is likely to be no different. Having attended a number of key engagements during her pregnancy – including a 16-day trip of Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji alongside husband Prince Harry – her list of official royal duties will only grow as she takes an increasingly prominent role in ‘The Firm’.
In fact, it’s said that she is keen to keep working right up until her due date – and she’s certainly been putting in the hours over the last few weeks. The Duchess has attended a series of private engagements throughout December – most recently hosting the artistic director of the National Theatre, Rufus Norris.
She is also a patron of The Royal Foundation Forum – an organisation that is described as the ‘primary philanthropic and charitable vehicle for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’.
Its current key focus areas are mental health, wildlife and conservation, young people and the armed forces community.
The Duke of Sussex is himself the patron of a number of organisations including the Invictus Games Foundation, Rhino Conservation Botswana, and the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund – which aims to ‘lift children out of poverty through education’.
And as Harry and Meghan love nothing more than working side-by-side, we suspect she’ll too have a part to play in some of the above organsations.