Meghan Markle: National Theatre Patron
A round of applause for the new Royal Patron of the National Theatre: Meghan Markle champions drama and diversity
After a 45 year tenure, the Queen has passed on her Royal Patronage of the National Theatre. The Duchess of Sussex will continue the tradition of supporting the nation's theatre. Considering the NT's sustained strategy to appeal to new and more diverse audiences, the new royal connection is a coup. The 'Meghan effect' leaves everything the Duchess touches in high demand. And, as a self-proclaimed feminist, she adds a modern relatability to the Monarchical traditions.
Along with her remarkable influence, the Duchess also brings personal experience to the patronage. Before her ten year television career, Meghan was part of the esteemed drama programme at Northwestern University, where she achieved a double-major in theatre and international relations.
The Duchess has spent time planning her new role with National Theatre artistic director Rufus Norris, and was taken on a private tour around the three performing spaces.
'It is a privilege to welcome The Duchess of Sussex as our new Patron,' Rufus Norris said of the announcement. 'The Duchess shares our deeply-held conviction that theatre has the power to bring together people from all communities and walks of life. I very much look forward to working closely with Her Royal Highness in the years to come'.
The Duchess of Sussex is due to make a public visit to the NT in the next few weeks. As the new royal baby due is in 'spring', we expect the visit will be sooner rather than later...