Gaffe sees Meghan CONFIRMED as new patron of the National Theatre a day early – as her secret unveiling ceremony is posted on their website
- Duchess of Sussex’s patronage announcement was listed under events section
- Royal insiders have said decision marks Queen’s growing confidence in Meghan
- Meghan is said to have held private meeting with theatre’s director last month
15:08 EST, 9 January 2019
15:53 EST, 9 January 2019
Meghan Markle has been confirmed as the new patron of the National Threatre a day early – after her secret unveiling ceremony was posted on their website.
The Duchess of Sussex, 37, is set to be announced as the royal patron of the National Theatre tomorrow, but an IT gaffe saw the occasion listed under their events section.
The embarrassing blunder was spotted by journalist Hannah Furness, who shared a screenshot on Twitter with the caption: ‘Whoops! Looks like the first patronage ‘secret’ is officially official thanks to the National Theatre’s IT department. “The Duchess of Sussex announced as our new Royal Patron”.’
The event has since been removed from the website.
Meghan Markle, pictured meeting the cast of Hamilton in London, has been confirmed as the new patron of the National Threatre a day early – after her secret unveiling ceremony was posted on their website
It comes after the Mail On Sunday revealed Meghan would be given the coveted position last week.
A royal insider told the paper the decision was a mark of the Queen’s growing confidence in the Duchess, who married Prince Harry in May.
Meghan is said to have had a private meeting with the NT’s director Rufus Morris last month, where they discussed plans for her role.
Royal insiders have claimed Meghan’s career as an actress makes her a ‘natural fit’ for the position, after she starred in the U.S. legal drama Suits for seven years.
In her new role, Meghan will become involved with the New York-based charity he American Associates of the National Theatre, which donates more than £3million a year.
Since moving to the UK, Meghan has taken an interest in the arts, going to see the hit musical Hamilton twice, visiting Brinsworth House which supports former artists and entertainers, and attending the Royal Variety Performance in November.
Both the National Theatre and the Palace have declined to comment.
Royal insiders have said that the Duchess of Sussex, pictured at the Royal Variety Performance in November, is a ‘natural fit’ for the position, after she starred in the U.S. legal drama Suits for seven years