Duchess of Sussex Meghan returns to acting past as she visits National Theatre for first time as Patron

Josh Salisbury (01 February, 2019)

The palace has said she hopes to use the position to focus attention on the importance of the arts.

27665Duchess of Sussex, Sophie Naylor, Camile Walters and Kate John at the National Theatre (c) Emilie Bailey

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, made her first official visit to the National Theatre as its Patron this week, after taking over in the role from the Queen.

The Duchess was welcomed to the theatre by its director, Rufus Norris, before joining a workshop with members of the Public Arts company.

Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre said: “It has been a pleasure to welcome The Duchess of Sussex to the National Theatre today for her first official visit as our Royal Patron.

“The Duchess shares our belief that theatre has the power to bring together people from all communities and walks of life so it has been wonderful to introduce her to members of the Public Acts company today.

“The Duchess also heard more about our work outside of London across the country as we continue to build on our national work through our tours and learning programmes.

“We very much look forward to working closely with Her Royal Highness in the years to come and sharing more of our work with her”.

Meghan alongside Rufus Norris and pupils from a Camden school (c) Emilie Bailey

The Duchess also met apprentices working as technicians as part of a programme launched by the National Theatre in 2011.

Her Royal Highness ended the visit by watching a performance inspired by War Horse – said to be the Queen’s favourite production – put on by primary school children from the Edith Neville primary school in Camden.

Meghan, who married Prince Harry in May last year, had trained in theatre studying a double major in theatre and international relations from Northwestern University.

She also volunteered at a performing arts after-school programme for children in underprivileged school districts in Los Angeles before forging her career in television.

The palace has said she hopes to use the position to focus attention on the importance of the arts.

READ MORE: Meghan becomes patron of National Theatre on South Bank


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