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Queen news: Monarch’s gesture to welcome Meghan Markle to Royal Family was a ‘big moment’ | Royal | News

Queen Elizabeth II’s decision to honour her granddaughter-in-law Meghan Markle with the royal patronage of the National Theatre has been hailed as “so sweet” by two royal commentators. After becoming Royal Patron in 1974, it was a “big moment” for the 95-year-old monarch to hand over the responsibility, which became one of Meghan’s four patronages whilst she was a working royal. 

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.”

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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 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. 

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