Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has long been the one to give back.
After marrying Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex in 2018 and officially becoming a member of the British royal family, she became responsible for her own sponsorships. What are sponsorship? How much does Meghan have? And what’s wrong with his patronages (and those of Harry) now that they are no longer from the royal family? Find out in advance.
What are sponsorship?
Sponsorship means that an individual or organization – in this case Meghan on behalf of the royal family – supports a charity or group by raising awareness and raising funds for causes close to their hearts.
For example, when someone is an arts patron, they support musicians, painters, etc. by supporting the cause himself and encouraging others to do the same. The Royals do just that by engaging in certain causes or organizations and attending events on their behalf.
How are the sponsorships chosen?
As a general rule, patronages are chosen to reflect the interests of the member of the royal family involved. For example, Catherine, Duchess of Sussex is a passionate photographer, so one of her sponsorships is for the Royal Photographic Society, according to CNN. Currently, the royal family supports more than 3,000 organizations.
Meghan Markle became patron of 4 charities in 2019
The royal family announced in January 2019 that Meghan will become a patron of four charities: the National Theater, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Mayhew and Smart Works.
“Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex will become the Honorary President of four organizations that reflect the causes and issues with which she has long been associated, including the arts, access to education, support for women and the good -be animals, “says the press release.
Two of Meghan’s sponsorships, the National Theater and the Association of Commonwealth Universities, were given to her by Queen Elizabeth II. The other two, a dog shelter called Mayhew and Smart Works, a charity that helps unemployed women through the job interview process, were new additions.
After editing the September issue of British Vogue in September, Meghan partnered with designers to create a capsule collection of workwear staples for Smart Works. The Duchess of Sussex was also seen visiting the National Theater. In addition to this, Meghan has participated in events for the Association of Commonwealth Universities as well as Mayhew.
She keeps her patronage, just like Prince Harry
When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced in January 2020 that they were resigning as senior members of the royal family, it was understandable that many questions arose. One of them being, what would happen to their sponsorships?
In their Instagram post announcing the move, Meghan and Harry said they “would continue to” honor our duty to the Queen, the Commonwealth and our patronage “, suggesting that they would not stray from the charities they argued as members of the royal family.
According to BBC News, a statement from Buckingham Palace said the same thing, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would continue their associations and private sponsorships “with the Queen’s blessing”.
Royal correspondent Emily Andrews reported that in January 2020, Harry had to abandon certain honorary military posts as a result of resigning. However, he would continue his own sponsorships. Harry and Meghan also remain president and vice-president of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
As Meghan and Harry forge a new path, we will likely see them build relationships with even more charities. Royal observers will have to wait and see what the next step is for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.