Meghan Markle Officially Joins the Royal Foundation

And then there were four

Updated 06/12/18

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Meghan Markle is taking her charity work to the next level. On Tuesday, People reported, the Duchess of Sussex officially became the fourth patron of the Royal Foundation, the charity organization previously comprised of Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry. According to People, the group's official name is now The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, with the name change formally registered at the U.K.'s Companies House. People adds that as part of the Royal Foundation, Markle will be doing work with the group's mental health initiative, and that she has already been preparing for her new position with visits to those in the local communities and charity sector.

Although Markle became an official patron on Tuesday, she was already promoting the Royal Foundation's work long before. Back in February, she made her first official appearance on behalf of the organization, joining Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton at the first annual Royal Foundation Forum. There, she promised to "hit the ground running," pledging to advocate for women's rights and female empowerment.

"I hear a lot of people saying when speaking about girls empowerment, finding and knowing their worth and women's empowerment as well—you'll hear often people say, 'Well, you're helping women find their voices,'" she remarked, according to E! News. "I fundamentally disagree with that because women don't need to find a voice—they have a voice. They need to feel empowered to use it and people need to be encouraged to listen.

"I think right now in the climate we're seeing with so many campaigns, with #MeToo and Time's Up, there's no better time than to really continue to shine a light on women feeling empowered and people really helping to support them—men included in that," she continued, adding, "It makes such a tremendous difference."

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