The Duchess of Cornwall will become Royal Patron of the Theatre, taking on the role previously held by the Duchess of Sussex before relinquishing her royal duties.
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The Duchess of Cornwall has secured a key role at the National Theatre, where she will replace Meghan Markle.
Camilla will become Royal Patron of the Theatre, taking on the role previously held by the Duchess of Sussex.
Reports in The Times say that the Queen will give Camilla, 74, the important role in the coming months.
It comes after Meghan, who was cast in the role in 2019, was stripped of sponsorship last year when the Sussexes announced they would not be returning to royal life.
A source close to Camilla, 74, claimed she was “pretty upset” about losing the role in 2019.
“She really wanted it. She was pretty upset when she went to Meghan, and she’ll be even more thrilled to take it on now, after being disappointed she didn’t get it the first time.”
The Duchess of Cornwall is a huge fan of the theater and a champion of literature and drama, with reports claiming she would use her patronage to support the struggling industry, which has been hit hard by the pandemic.
Meghan Markle participated in a public engagement at the National Theater in January 2019.
It is understood that he visited her privately in March 2020, as part of the couple’s final engagements as royals.
Camilla gave an impassioned speech praising the importance of the industry when she attended the Olivier Awards in October 2020.
Then he said: “I believe in theater. It is the cornerstone of a fertile cultural life, a forum for debate, and a powerful means of building community. Perhaps most importantly, those of us who believe in theater also believe in its resilience.
“I would like to thank those of you whose profession is theater for your determination and flexibility. Please stand firm. We need you and have missed you.”
Camilla is said to have become very interested in supporting the industry after visiting Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Theater Royal in London last summer.
During the visit with the Prince of Wales, Lord Lloyd-Webber, he explained the challenges facing theaters emerging from the pandemic.
The Duchess was reportedly very interested when he told her all about the huge challenges facing those in the industry.
Camilla also visited London’s Soho Theater in December 2020, where the pair watched actress, writer and supermarket worker Natasha Marshall perform a segment of her play Half Breed.
“You are an inspiration, keep going!” Camila told him.
Camilla is believed to have first tried theater in primary school, where she acted in scenes from Robin Hood at Dumbrells School, East Sussex.
Last year he also visited the set of the ITV production Grace, where he was offered a cameo by writer Peter James.
Camilla then suggested, “Maybe it could be a dead body.”
The royal couple have many close friends who are actors, including Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Penelope Keith and Dame Joanna Lumley.
Clarence House declined to comment, according to The Times.