The Duchess of Sussex made a sweet surprise visit to one of her patronages

By Sarah Walker

Ahead of her first Valentine’s Day as a royal, the Duchess of Sussex made a surprise solo visit to The Royal Foundation, one of her many patronages and one she shares with Prince William, Prince Harry and Duchess Kate. She reportedly took part in a meeting about empowering communities, something that’s near and dear to her heart.

Though details of the meeting aren't known, she was likely with the foundation discussing one of her many patronages – and right now, she has four: The Mayhew, The National Theatre, Smart Works and The Association of Commonwealth Universities. Whatever their discussions entailed, we're sure much future planning was being done in advance of Meghan going on maternity leave once her royal baby arrives in the spring.

Meghan visited the Mayhew as an official royal patron. Photo: © Twitter/@kensingtonroyal

It’s the latest private meeting that the 37-year-old has had in recent months. In December, the mom-to-be secretly stepped out with former First Lady Michelle Obama, who was in London as part of the book tour for her new memoir, Becoming. HELLO! confirmed then that Meghan and Michelle met, and they had a lovely time as Meghan has always admired Michelle.

A source opened up about their conversation to the Evening Standard, saying: “They spoke at length about the importance of supporting and empowering women across all cultures and communities. They also talked about shared experiences of pregnancy and raising children, plus shared causes including girls’ education.”

Meghan met with academics at the research university. Photo: © Instagram/@kensingtonroyal

She also stopped by Kings College London to meet with university leaders, academics and international scholarship students to “explore how higher education can help build a better world,” the Association of Commonwealth University reads. Staying true to Meghan’s values and passions, the event touched upon the role of educational institutions in addressing human trafficking and modern-day slavery, gender equality and inclusion, peace and reconciliation, and climate change and resilience.

The visit comes days before Duchess Meghan will head to Morocco with Prince Harry per the request of the Queen's government.

It's certainly an exciting time for the Sussexes, who have been going non-stop since the beginning of the year – from Meghan's many outings with her patronages, like the Mayhew and The National Theatre, to her and Prince Harry's poignant day in Bristol. It's no surprise that they'll be fitting in a quick trip before Baby Sussex arrives.

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