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The Sussexes

Patronages still held by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirm their links


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As The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departure as senior royals is made permanent, several of their most high profile patronages and associations are returned to The Royal Family. The couple have said they will continue to support the organisations, even without an official role. And as they start a new phase of their lives, they retain patronages with several charities which are personal links.

The Duchess of Sussex will continue as patron of Mayhew. The animal support charity announced Meghan’s patronage in early 2019. Soon after Buckingham Palace’s statement on February 19th 2021, Mayhew said ”We’re pleased to confirm that The Duchess of Sussex will remain our Patron. We want to thank The Duchess for all of her support, and look forward to continuing our work with her helping dogs, cats and communities in need.”

Meghan is also keeping her official links with Smart Works, the charity supporting women preparing for job interviews by offering them practical support including clothes. In a statement, Smart Works said ”We are delighted to confirm that The Duchess of Sussex will remain a Patron of Smart Works. We are thankful for everything she has done in support of our clients and look forward to working together in the future.”

The Duke of Sussex remains patron of the Invictus Foundation, which he helped set up. A statement from the Foundation said ”we are proud to have The Duke of Sussex as our Patron. The Invictus Games was founded by him, it has been built on his ideas and he remains fully committed to both the Games and to the Invictus Games Foundation.”

WellChild said ”We are delighted to confirm that The Duke of Sussex will continue as Patron of WellChild. He has always been a great supporter of ours and has made an important difference to the work we are able to do for families across the UK. We look forward to working with him in the future.”

The Duke of Sussex also retains his links with Sentebale, which he helped set up and remains President of African Parks. The other organisations he still holds roles with are Wales-Lesotho, the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund and Rhino Conservation Botswana.

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Lydia Starbuck is Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton, a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. June has been a reporter, producer and editor, picking up several awards over the years. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.