Meghan Markle ‘to make big announcement after important discussions with Queen’

Meghan Markle will reportedly be announcing in the coming weeks that the Queen has given her one of her royal patronages.

The pair are said to have met for tea at Buckingham Palace last week to discuss Meghan’s potential new roles.

It comes amid claims the Queen is seeking to reduce her workload after turning 92 this year.

The Sunday Times reports that royal sources say "discussions are ongoing" – but the 37-year-old pregnant duchess is expected to make the announcement in the New Year.

The causes Meghan will champion are expected to reflect her interests in female empowerment, education and the arts, the newspaper added.

She is said to have secretly already met a rang of organisations and charities.

They include the Campaign for Female Education, which supports marginalised girls in Africa, and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

The Queen is patron of more than 600 organisations and charities. Two years ago, she handed 25 patronages to younger members of the royal family.

She gave the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club — host of the Wimbledon tournament – to the Duchess of Cambridge while Prince Harry received the Rugby Football Union.

Meanwhile, as we reported yesterday Meghan has asked Harry to skip one royal Christmas tradition.

Prince Harry will reportedly miss the royals’ Boxing Day pheasant shoot out of respect for wife Meghan’s principles.

The animal-lover refuses to wear fur and is against bloodsports but the Sandringham snub could widen a rift between Harry and brother William.

A source said: “He hardly ever misses the shoot but he loves her so much.”

The brothers have been a part of the Boxing Day pheasant hunt for more than 20 years and Harry, 34, has a reputation as a fine marksman.

Their father Prince Charles will be there and William’s son George, five, may go to watch.

But it emerged Harry will instead spend time with pregnant wife Meghan.

A royal insider told the Sunday Mirror: “In his mind, William sees this as another concerning example of his younger brother being pulled away from his family by his new wife.

“Harry’s always loved hunting and it has provided them with a great chance to bond as brothers.

“But now it looks like Harry’s shooting days are over. It’s the latest point of contention between the Princes after a testing time in their relationship.”

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