Camilla swipes major role from Meghan Markle in act that finalises Megxit

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, has officially taken over as Royal Patron of the National Theatre replacing Meghan Markle who lost all of her royal patronages when she stepped away from life as a senior royal.

The future Queen consort is set to visit the iconic theatre for the first time since taking over from the Duchess of Sussex.

It was announced back in June 2019 that Meghan would succeed the Queen in the role as patron of the theatre, Express reports.

Kensington Palace said at the time: "The Duchess is a strong believer in using the arts to bring people from different backgrounds and communities together."

Speaking about Meghan at the time, the National Theatre's artistic director Rufus Norris said: "Whe has proven to be a very engaged patron, and we look forward to working with her".

But the Duchess of Sussex was forced to give up the privilege in February 2021.

The theatre released a statement thanking Meghan for her support, saying: "The Duchess championed our work with communities and young people across the UK and our mission to make theatre accessible to all."

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In a press release shared last month, the theatre said: "It is a privilege to welcome the Duchess of Cornwall as the National Theatre’s royal patron.

"The Duchess shares our belief that theatre enriches our lives in so many ways and that everyone should have access to the arts and creativity no matter where they are in the world.

"The Duchess has shown great support to our industry throughout the pandemic, and I look forward to working with Her Royal Highness for many years to come."

Camilla holds a further two theatre patronages for the Theatre Royal Bath and the Unicorn Theatre in London.

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