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Meghan Markle Reveals She's Feeling "Very Pregnant" During a Festive Visit to Brinsworth House

The Duchess of Sussex brought holiday cheer to the Royal Variety Charity's residential nursing and care home.
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Meghan Markle was all smiles today as she stepped out to meet residents at Brinsworth House, a care home for people in the entertainment industry.

The Duchess of Sussex said she was “very good” when asked how she was feeling, adding: “I’m feeling very pregnant today.” Speaking with resident Josephine Gordon, a retired West End actress, Meghan asked: “Do you have kids,” to which Josephine replied: “No I don’t, I had a career.” Meghan replied: “Yes...that I understand.”

The Duchess of Sussex spread some Christmas cheer as she joined in with festive-themed activities at Brinsworth House in Twickenham, which is run by the Royal Variety Charity. Looking stylish in a floral dress by Brock Collection and grey coat by label Soia and Kyo, Meghan showed off her calligraphy skills during an activity making baubles for a poster.


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Inside Meghan’s visit to Brinsworth House

Activities co-ordinator Jay Crank told T&C: “She said she used to teach calligraphy. She chose her bauble shape and produced a beautiful work of art.” Jay added about the visit: “She was so natural and so wonderful to be with. She can join our class any time. We haven’t done any calligraphy here before but I think she’s inspired us. She is a wonderful person, so genuine.” She added about the residents: “They feel truly uplifted. They were able to connect I think, perhaps it’s because of her background.”

Meghan, who was an actress for more than 10 years before giving up acting when she became engaged to Prince Harry, also watched some of the entertainment at the care home and joined a session where residents sang carols. The Duchess also visited residents in the home’s hair salon and unveiled a plaque and signed the guest book to mark the visit.

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Meghan unveils the plaque marking her visit.

Her appearance follows the evening that she and Prince Harry spent watching the Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall last month and allowed her to see what the money raised from the performance goes towards. Giles Cooper, Chairman of the Royal Variety Charity, said: "There’s a care home in L.A. that she used to visit and when she saw the video at the end of the Royal Variety Performance she said it reminded her of that." In L.A. it brought feelings of being amongst your own.

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"She was very much at home with them and put a smile on their faces, but she was enjoying it as well," Cooper continued. "She mentioned the video—that was the key to it—it made her say ‘I want to go and see that.'"

Cooper added that Meghan's visit was incredibly meaningful to the residents of Brinsworth House. "She was so chatty with all of them. She made an effort to actually in every room to say hello to absolutely everyone. It made their Christmas, it brought smiles to their faces."


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Meghan chatting with a resident at Brinsworth House

The Royal Family have supported the Royal Variety Charity for almost 100 years, with King George V becoming the first patron in 1921. The Queen became patron when she became Queen in 1952.

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

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