Will this be Meghan’s first royal patronage? All about the duchess’s secret theatre meeting

By Meaghan Wray

The Duchess of Sussex has been hard at work giving back to her new community and learning about the ways she can contribute in her royal role – and she already has quite a few secret meetings under her belt! From a meet-up with Michelle Obama to a surprise outing at Kings College London, Meghan hasn’t been slowing down in her pregnancy. It’s just been revealed that this week she had a private meeting with Rufus Norris, the director of the National Theatre.

Meghan and Harry attended a 'Hamilton' performance on behalf of the Invictus Games. Photo: © Getty Images

Given the under-the-radar nature of the event, there aren’t any photos, but royal reporter Omid Scobie took to Twitter to share the news. “No slowing down for the holidays (yet). Duchess Meghan had a private meeting with @NationalTheatre artistic director Rufus Norris Today. Since joining in 2015, Norris has been determined to promote cultural diversity and inclusivity at the playhouse: ‘Theatre is for everyone.’”

Well, it’s certainly no surprise why Meghan would want to arrange this secret get-together! Her known love for the theatre and passion for inclusivity meshes perfectly with Rufus’s own values, begging the exciting question: could this be the perfect first patronage for the mom-to-be? The Queen, as Omid pointed out in later tweets, is already a patron of the National Theatre, but given that she’s been passing down responsibilities to the younger royals, this could be the perfect fit for Prince Harry’s wife.

Lin-Manuel Miranda said Meghan knew all the words! Photo: © Getty Images

Back in August, just two months before announcing their pregnancy, the couple paid a visit to the Victoria Palace Theatre to see one of their favourite musicals, Hamilton. Prince Harry hosted on behalf of the Invictus Games – even singing a little diddy on stage! – and the two had a blast meeting with cast members and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda.

During the show, Meghan was seated next to 38-year-old Lin-Manuel, who shared the sweetest moment he witnessed with the newly minted royal – she knew all the lyrics! The composer told HELLO!: "It was pretty wild. It was pretty surreal to see that the Duchess knows the lyrics a little better than I do! She was sitting next to me and mouthing along … I am playing Hamilton again in Puerto Rico in a few weeks and I really was like, oh man I've got to brush up on my lyrics. So, it was a joy and they're wonderful."

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