Duchess Meghan stars in new role as theater patron
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, made an official visit to London’s National Theatre on Wednesday for the first time since becoming its royal patron.
Former actress Meghan went back to her theatrical roots, looking on as attendees from across the city participated in a workshop, according to the UK’s Press Association (PA) news agency.
The Duchess also learned about the work of the theater and met members of staff, according to a statement from Kensington Palace.
A heavily pregnant Meghan wore a pink dress and blazer during the visit, meeting with Rufus Norris, the National Theatre’s director.
The pair also met in December ahead of the announcement that the Duchess would become a patron of the establishment in January, according to PA.
The new role is one of two patronages that have been passed on by Queen Elizabeth II, according to the palace.
Meghan was named as patron of four charities supporting vulnerable women, education, the arts and animals in early January.
As part of that role, Meghan will give the charities vital publicity and help gain recognition for their work.
The Duchess had a decade-long career in television, notably playing Rachel Zane in Suits, a hit US legal drama series.
She also holds a double major in theater and international relations from Northwestern University, Illinois.
US-born Meghan used to volunteer at a performing arts after-school club in Los Angeles, and believes that the arts can bring people together, according to PA.
She has put her acting career on hold since dating, and later marrying, Prince Harry.
“I don’t see it as giving anything up, I just see it as a change,” she said in an engagement interview before the pair wed in May 2018. “It’s a new chapter.”
The couple are expecting their first child in the spring of 2019, according to a statement from Kensington Palace.
Queen Elizabeth will be the child’s great-grandmother.