‘Really touching!’ Queen’s gesture to welcome Meghan was a ‘big moment’ for the monarch

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THE QUEEN offered Meghan Markle the royal patronage of the National Theatre as a way of “honouring” her former acting career, a royal commentator has claimed.

The Queen handed Meghan the patronage

The Queen handed Meghan the patronage of the National Theatre (Image: GETTY)

Royal commentator Roberta Fiorito told the podcast Royally Obsessed: “The National Theatre pops up so many times, Meghan Markle was given this patronage from the Queen.

“In 2019, it was one of the first of four that the Queen gave to Meghan and the Queen had been a Patron of the Royal National Theatre for 45 years at that point.

“It was a big moment and it was also something that really aligned with Meghan’s experience.”

Her co-host Rachel Bowie continued: “That felt so sweet, so on par for Meghan and so sweet of the Queen to make sure that the interests she had before her royal life were honoured in that way. I thought that was really touching.”

Meghan visiting the National Theatre in 2019

Meghan visiting the National Theatre in 2019 (Image: GETTY)

Before joining the Royal Family, Meghan Markle had worked for several years as an actress.

She had previously said that at the beginning of her career, she had struggled to land roles, saying: “I wasn’t black enough for the black roles and I wasn’t white enough for the white ones.”

After making a number of small appearances in shows such as CSI: NY and 90210, the Californian-born Duchess had her big break after being cast in the successful legal drama Suits.

Between 2011 and 2017, she played the role of paralegal Rachel Zane, the primary love interest of the protagonist Mike Ross.

After appearing in seven seasons, she stood down from the role after becoming engaged to Prince Harry.

The couple had been in a relationship since meeting in the summer of 2016 and were married in May 2019 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

During her time as a senior working royal, the Duchess of Sussex had four patronages, including Smartworks and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

She had visited the National Theatre on a number of occasions, meeting members of the National Theatre’s first Public Arts production in 2019 and visiting their Immersive Storytelling Studio in March 2020.

After she and Prince Harry announced in January 2020 that they would be stepping down from their role as senior working royals, the couple lost a number of their royal patronages as part of their Megxit deal.

The National Theatre released a statement to say “The National Theatre is very grateful for the support offered by the Duchess of Sussex throughout the course of her patronage.

“The Duchess championed our work with communities and young people across the UK and our mission to make theatre accessible to all.”

Since leaving the Royal Family, Meghan and Prince Harry have gone on to sign a multi-million-pound deal with Netflix and Spotify, which will see them executive-produce and star in a number of productions.

They currently reside in Montecito, California, with their two children, Archie Harrison and Lilibet Diana.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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