It's a 'natural fit'
Meghan Markle is a busy woman. Not only was she the most Googled person of 2018, but she is also expecting her first child with Prince Harry in the Spring. While the Palace has offered no official due date, many are speculating that the Duchess of Sussex could give birth as early as March.
And she’s about to get even busier. Earlier this week, the Mail On Sunday reported that Meghan will take on the role of patron of the National Theatre. It claimed that the Duchess had secret meetings with director of the National Theatre, Rufus Norris, and sources say that they discussed plans for new role.
While it was expected to be confirmed on Thursday, it seems that the National Theatre accidentally revealed that the rumours were true when they wrote on their website: ‘The Duchess of Sussex announced as our new Royal Patron.’
The Telegraph obtained screen shots of the news, which was dated January 10th, appearing to confirm the exciting news.
It’s believed to be a ‘natural fit’ for former actress Meghan, who played Rachel Zane in Suits for seven series (with rumours circulating that producers want her back for a cameo), as well as appearing in various tv shows and films throughout her career.
Last year, many of her royal engagements were related to the performing arts. Her first royal engagement with Queen Elizabeth was opening the Storyhouse Theatre in Chester, and she also attended a special charity performance of Hamilton in the West End with Prince Harry. Just last month, Meghan also attended a special care home retired actors, so the patronage would be a great way to marry her passion for acting with her royal duties.
It will also mean that she will be involved with a New York-based charity, The American Associates of the National Theatre.
Good luck in your first royal job, Meghan!