Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle to become new National Theatre Royal Patron

10 January, 2019, 15:53 | Author: Donna Miller
  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Cotswold country weekender has been revealed

A post on the "what's on" section of the venue's website came on Wednesday, the day before it is believed the official announcement was due to be made.

Hours after Kensington Palace announced the Duchess of Sussex's four new patronages, the pregnant royal was already hard at work visiting members of the Smart Works team at St. Charles Hospital in London.

She has held meetings and visited all four organizations over the past year, the palace said.

Thomas Markle Jr.is getting married in March and plans to invite his half sister Meghan and her husband Harry, according to The Daily Mail. She has previously advocated for gender equality and improvement of women's education. Two of them - the National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities - have been handed down to Meghan by Queen Elizabeth II, while two have been chosen to reflect her own interests: animal charity Mayhew, and Smart Works.

The organizations were naturally delighted to have Meghan's endorsement.

Animal welfare organisation Mayhew tweeted: "We're honoured to reveal that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex has become a Patron of Mayhew".

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Rufus Norris, director of the National Theatre said: "I would like to thank The Queen for Her Majesty's long and unwavering support and service to the National Theatre".

Meghan and Harry reportedly began renting the Cotswold property before their wedding previous year. The royal also met with women who have benefited from the charity's support and heard about their experiences in finding employment after the programme.

As the patron, the Duchess will also be involved with the American Associates of the National Theatre, a New York Charity that donates over three million a year to the Theatre. "Mayhew works to improve the lives of dogs, cats and the people in our community".

The former Suits star then helped the ladies in finding outfits for women attending their second dressing, and she also sat in on interview coaching and preparation.

Two of the patronages Meghan now has formerly belonged to the Queen and have been handed over to the Duchess. Andrews writes that the duo consider the Cotswold pad as "more of a home" than their current residence, Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace.

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