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Meghan Markle to Succeed Queen Elizabeth as Patron of London's National Theatre

She's following in her grandmother-in-law's footsteps.
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After weeks of rumors, it's finally official. Meghan Markle will become the new patron of London's Royal National Theatre. Kensington Palace made the announcement this morning that she would succeed her grandmother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth in the role.

"The National Theatre: The Duchess is a strong believer in using the arts to bring people from different backgrounds and communities together." reads the official statement.

The Duchess of Sussex's new association with the organization doesn't come as a complete surprise. Before Meghan married Prince Harry, she was best known as an actress appearing on the popular American show Suits, so theater is clearly one of her passions.

Back in December, the Sunday Times reported that "'discussions are ongoing' between the Queen and Meghan regarding which patronage she will take on." As the Queen gets older, she has started to pass on some of her duties as patron of more than 600 organizations to the younger members of the royal family.

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The publication also revealed that Meghan had a private conversation late last year with Rufus Norris, who is the artistic director of the organization. And just yesterday, the National Theatre accidentally broke the news ahead of the official announcement with a post on their website.

In addition to the National Theatre, Meghan has also accepted positions with

the Association of Commonwealth Universities, which she is also taking on from the Queen, Mayhew, an animal welfare organization, and Smart Works, which helps "long term unemployed and vulnerable women regain the skills, confidence and tools to succeed at job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives."

According to the Sunday Times, she plans to visit each of the announced charities organization before taking her maternity leave later this spring following the birth of her first child.

She also plans to work well into her pregnancy. Per Katie Nicholl's recent story in Vanity Fair, "Meghan has told aides she wants to work as close to her due date next spring as possible."

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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