Meghan Markle is reportedly taking over for the Queen as royal patron of the National Theatre, The Mail on Sunday reported. This is Meghan’s first patronage as a member of the royal family since she married Prince Harry in May 2018.
Sources tell the publications that the Queen gave Meghan this particular patronage “as a mark of her growing confidence in the Duchess.” Plus this is a very fitting position for the Duchess, who built a career as an actress before becoming a royal.
Rufus Norris, who is the director of the National Theatre, is said to be acutely aware of promoting openness to different cultures. ‘This country is still very class divided and anything that adds to that perception, that this place is not open to everybody, could be a downfall,’ he said.
Last month, Meghan had a private meeting with Rufus Norris to discuss plans for her role.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will visit Birkenhead on Monday 14th January.
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In November Meghan and Harry visited the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium. The Queen has been Patron of Royal Variety Charity since 1952. Money raised for the Royal Variety Charity helps hundreds of entertainers in need of help and assistance as a result of old age, ill-health, or hard times.