The Duchess of Sussex has announced her first patronages, as she vows to help unemployed women to feel confident about their upcoming job interviews with personal styling and makeovers.Kensington Palace today disclosed the four roles the Duchess will take on, as the new Royal Patron of the National Theatre, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, animal charity Mayhew, and Smart Works, which provides a new wardrobe for women who are seeking work, as well as one-to-one coaching for interviews.The Duchess, who has long advocated for women’s empowerment, is understood to have paid numerous quiet visits to each of the charities already, sitting in to help on client meetings as she worked to choose suitable royal patronages within her areas of interest.Two of the patronages – the National Theatre and Association of Commonwealth Universities, which represents higher education across all 53 Commonwealth countries – have been handed down to her from the Queen. A fourth will represent her concern about animal welfare, with the Mayhew providing shelter and care for pets and working to keep homeless people with their dogs. The four patronages represent the key interests of the Duchess, from women’s empowerment to fashion and animal welfare.Announcing her patronage of Mayhew, which provides care for pets while their owners are going through times of crisis, a palace spokesman said: “The Duchess has long understood the connection between animals and community welfare and has supported various animal rescue centres in Los Angeles.” “An acknowledged champion of women and their rights worldwide, The Duchess will motivate ever more women to come to our centres and get the job that will transform their lives. The Duchess’s patronage will inspire the women we serve and help them reach for the stars.”The charity, which has 300 trained volunteers across the UK, receives high quality clothing donated from individuals or retailers, hung in dressing rooms ready for job-seeking clients, who cannot otherwise afford their own new workwear, to try on.Many of the clothes are designer and come from shops favoured by the Duchesses of Sussex and Cambridge, with named supporters including Burberry, Hobbs, Jigsaw, Kate Spade, LK Bennett, John Lewis and Whistles. Mennatallah Mohammed in her workwear Speaking to client Sarah Barrett, 38, the Duchess said: “It’s amazingly how you feel when you’re in here. You come in feeling so low but you’re reminded of your value.”Ms Barrett replied: “You feel like royalty.”A spokesman for Kensington Palace said: “The Duchess is delighted to become Patron of both national and grassroots organisations that are part of the fabric of the UK, and is very much looking forward to working with them to bring wider public attention to their causes.”Her Royal Highness feels she can use her position to focus attention on, and make a particular difference to these organisations and, more widely, the sectors they each represent.”Over the last year, Her Royal Highness has held meetings and conducted private visits with each of these organisations.” A Smart Works client and volunteer stylist at work The Duchess of Sussex with designer Clare Waight Keller at the British Fashion AwardsCredit:Getty This morning, she made her first public visit to Smart Works as a patron, following numerous private trips in which she helped coach women for interviews.Joining a roundtable meeting to hear from charity founders and clients, she described how the organisation impressed her with its ethos. The Duchess of Sussex, is welcomed by Lady Juliet Hughes-Hallett, chair of Smart Works, and Kate Stephens, Smart Works’ CEOCredit:Reuters Speaking of the National Theatre patronage, artistic director Rufus Norris said: “It is a privilege to welcome The Duchess of Sussex as our new Patron. Bobbi Brown, the beauty brand, works with women on makeovers and provides lessons to allow them to create their professional look every day at home. Each woman, who must have a confirmed job interview to qualify, receives a two hour dressing and coaching service, receiving a complete outfit and accessories for free. The fourth patronage will see the Duchess continue her work with The Association of Commonwealth Universities, after she made a speech during her tour of Fiji last year about the importance of women’s education.Since joining the Royal Family, the Duchess has used fashion to convey a message and boost good causes on several occasions, helping to create jobs at Huit Denim jeans in Cardiff and for Cambodian seamstresses at Outland Denim as well as shining a light on charities such as Turquoise Mountain. At university in Chicago, she worked on a project which provided prom dresses for young women in underprivileged areas.Last year, Smart Works became an official partner of Stella magazine, working together on a charity fashion sale to raise £64,700 for Smart Works. “The Duchess shares our deeply-held conviction that theatre has the power to bring together people from all communities and walks of life. I very much look forward to working closely with Her Royal Highness in the years to come”.Kensington Palace added: “Whilst Her Royal Highness spent ten years working in television, her training is in theatre. As well as a double major in theatre and international relations from Northwestern University, which is renowned for its drama programme, Her Royal Highness volunteered at a performing arts after school programme for children in underprivileged school districts in Los Angeles.” Meghan, patron, joins a discussion at Smart WorksCredit:Reuters The Duchess of Sussex delivers a speech about education in FijiCredit:Reuters The Duchess of Sussex in the Smart Works wardrobeCredit:PA “It’s not just hand me downs, it’s saying ‘this is the blazer I wore that helped me win that interview, and this is the piece that helps that [other] woman get that part of her story’.”So to know, as a woman coming in, that you have so many other women believing in you in the piece that makes it so special.”The Duchess later told the group, which included two former clients: “I’m so happy to be here. You guys know I’ve been quietly coming by … close to a year. It’s nice to be able to now do it publicly and really talk about the work that you do.” “It’s the part about community that I’m so drawn to here,” she said.”It’s not just donating your clothes and seeing where they land, but really being part of each other’s success stories as women right? The Duchess has visited numerous times, and has helped provide personal coaching for women preparing for job interviews. Its founder, Juliet Hughes-Hallett, said: “We are thrilled to announce that The Duchess of Sussex will become the Royal Patron of Smart Works. Turning her hand to styling outfits for Patsy Wardally, a 55-year-old mother-of-three, and 50-year-old Dionne Johnson, the Duchess picked out accessories and complimented the women on their new looks.“The last time I was here I suggested a purse to someone and it was one that I had donated and she didn’t like it,” she said, laughing. “I was like ok! I thought it was great.” Every client to successfully gets a job is then invited back for a “second dressing”, for five additional pieces of clothing to allow them to form a capsule wardrobe to tide them over until their first pay cheque. Women can be referred to the service through the Job Centre, with clients speaking regularly about how it had boosted their confidence and changed their prospects in life.One, 49-year-old Selina, told the Telegraph last year: “You should have seen me when I walked in to Smart Works’ Islington centre around this time last year. I didn’t let anyone take ‘before’ photos of me, because I definitely didn’t have the confidence for that. “That dress made me look like that confident woman, but now I am her and the experience has changed my life in every way.”Lady Hughes-Hallett, the charity’s chair and co-founder, says: “Every woman knows the confidence that looking and feeling fabulous bestows, and the fact that this could be translated into getting women to succeed at their interview seemed magical.” They will then undertake interview preparation and coaching with a senior manager or HR professional, to work on job-specific skills and how to impress at the real thing. Meghan Markle with her beagle Guy when she lived in Canada Patrons Samantha Cameron and Isabel Spearman at the Smart Work’s Fashion ClubCredit:i-Images Meghan helps fit a bracelet on client Patsy WardallyCredit:Reuters Current patrons of the charity include Samantha Cameron, the designer and wife of the former Prime Minister, actress Jennifer Saunders, broadcaster Emma Barnett and designer Betty Jackson.