Meghan Markle is parting ways with the animal welfare charity – what patronages do the Sussexes still hold? | royal | News

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After marrying Prince Harry and becoming a member of the royal family in 2018, Meghan Markle has built up a portfolio of royal patronages close to her heart. Meghan is famous for her love of animals, and it was announced in 2019 that animal welfare charity Mayhew would become one of the Duchess of Sussex’s first patronages. But three years later, Meghan now resides full-time in the US with Harry and their two children Archie and Lilibet, and she has decided to end her sponsorship of Mayhew.

The charity wrote in a Twitter post that it had been “an incredible privilege” to work with the Duchess of Sussex since 2019.

In a heartfelt statement, Meghan wrote: “Although my time as boss of Mayhew is over, my unwavering support has not.

“I encourage each of you to support in any way possible. The emotional support of a rescue animal is unparalleled – as you will soon realize: it is not you who saves it, it is it who rescues you. Safe.

“To the Mayhew community, thank you for entrusting me as a patron. It was an honor.”

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Meghan’s departure from Mayhew is one of many farewells the Sussexes have said since stepping down from their working royal roles. It was confirmed last year that Meghan and Harry would not return to royal duties and would subsequently return many of their royal patronages to the Queen.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of the Royal Family.

“Following conversations with the Duke, the Queen has written to confirm that by stepping away from the work of the Royal Family, it is not possible to continue to assume the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of service. audience.

“The honorary military appointments and royal patronages held by the Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of the Royal Family.”

What patronages did Harry and Meghan lose?

Harry lost many honorary military titles after stepping down from his working royal role, including Captain General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Force Commander of Royal Air Force Base Honington or Honorary Commodore-in-Chief of Small ships and Diving

The duke also stepped down as president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and Meghan lost her role in the organization as vice-president.

Several of Harry’s sporting patronages have also been returned to the Queen, including his roles as Royal Patron of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and the Rugby Football League (RFL).

Harry’s patronage of the London Marathon Charitable Trust was also not renewed in 2021.

Meghan also lost her roles as Royal Patron of the National Theater and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, was announced as Harry’s replacement as Royal Patron of the RFU and RFL earlier this year.

And last month it was announced that Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall would take on Meghan’s patronage for the National Theatre, adding to the Duchess’ already extensive portfolio of artistic and theatrical causes.

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What sponsorships does Meghan Markle still hold?

Meghan was able to retain her sponsorship of animal welfare charity Mayhew, which she recently left.

Meghan also retained her sponsorship of Smart Works, an organization that helps women succeed in job interviews, and is understood to remain patron of the initiative.

Although she now lives in the US, it was reported last year that Meghan had written a series of thoughtful notes for clients of the UK-based charity.

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