"Meghan has so much on her plate, between being pregnant and dealing with the public backlash, and she's finding the whole situation incredibly stressful", a royal insider explained.
In a statement, Kensington Palace said: "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex will become Patron of four organisations that reflect the causes and issues with which she has always been associated including the arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare".
The Duchess of Sussex spent ten years working in television but her training is in theatre.
Other reports claimed that Prince Harry's wife was responsible for three royal aides quitting, after she "shook up the household with 5am emails". Her Royal Highness studied theatre at Northwestern University and starred in Hallmark Channel movies and popular U.S. television series, Suits for seven years.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began renting the Cotswold's property before their wedding in May last year on a two-year lease. She will also play an important role in helping convince a younger generation of the importance of theatre.
"The Duchess shares our passion for the transformational power of higher education, and Her Royal Highness' support will help champion higher education as a force for good in the Commonwealth and beyond", she said.
She first hinted that it was an area of interest during her December visit to Brinsworth House, a residential nursing and care home for British entertainers run by the Royal Variety Charity.
As well as meeting Norris, the Duchess has met with Campaign for Female Education and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. Her growing baby bump was on full display as she greeted members of the women's charity. Such organisations will be likely candidates for potential future patronages.
The Duchess is a self-confessed animal-lover and has "long understood the connections between animals and community welfare". "The Duchess' patronage will inspire the women we serve and help them reach for the stars".