Meghan Visits the National Theatre Before Announcing She's Stepping Back From Royal Duties
Meghan Markle is wasting no time getting back to work after taking a six-week break with her family in Canada. After visiting Canada House with Prince Harry on Tuesday, the 38-year-old Duchess of Sussex had a private meeting with director Rufus Norris and executive director Lisa Burger at London's National Theatre to reportedly lay out their plan for the year. Meghan became patron of the organization in 2019, taking over the role of Queen Elizabeth II, who held the position for 45 years. The royal looked ready for business in a blue button-down shirt and black trousers.
Meghan's solo outing came shortly before she and Harry announced they are officially stepping back as "senior members" of the royal family. "After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family, and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen," the statement read. "We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages."
The Sussexes also added that the move will enable them to raise their 8-month-old son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, and provide their family "with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity." As we wait for Harry and Meghan to give us more details, see more from the duchess's latest appearance ahead.