We’ve all been waiting patiently to find out what royal duties would be handed to Meghan Markle ever since she tied the knot with Prince Harry and officially joined the monarchy last Spring. Well, the Queen has finally handed the Duchess of Sussex her very first patronages. And by the sounds of it, they’re very fitting jobs.
Kensington Palace has officially announced that Meghan, who was an actress in hit TV series Suits before becoming a Duchess, will become patron of the National Theatre, taking over the role from the Queen. Additionally, she has also been made patron of three other charities, including The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).
In a statement on Twitter, Kensington Palace revealed: ‘The Duchess of Sussex will become Patron of four organisations that reflect the causes and issues with which she has long been associated including the arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare.’
It was also confirmed that Meghan had ‘held meetings and conducted private visits with each of these organisations… over the next few weeks will undertake public visits to the other three organisations.’
The National Theatre: The Duchess is a strong believer in using the arts to bring people from different backgrounds and communities together.
@NationalTheatre’s mission is to make world class theatre that’s entertaining, challenging and inspiring – and to make it for everyone.
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) January 10, 2019
The rumours about the Duchess taking over patronage of the National Theatre first emerged earlier this week when The Mail on Sunday reported that the Queen had made the decision to give Meghan the job, putting her in charge of royal duties at the theatre, which Her Majesty opened in 1976 after it moved from its first home at the Old Vic.
At the time, a royal insiders told the newspaper that the royal family felt that Meghan’s background in acting made her a ‘natural fit’ for the patronage, which has turned out to be true.
Last month, Meghan had a private meeting with Rufus Norris, the director of the National Theatre, the newspaper reported, and, according to sources, they discussed plans for her role.
On her first royal engagement with the monarch in June, Meghan joined the Queen in opening the Storyhouse Theatre in Chester. Shortly after, she watched hit musical Hamilton in London’s West End with Prince Harry, which was followed by an outing to the Royal Variety Performance, and in December, the Duchess of Sussex paid a visit to a care home for retired actors by herself. So it’s safe to say she’s the right royal for the job.