The National Theatre is one of four patronages that Meghan initially announced earlier this month – and this one was handed down to her by Queen Elizabeth
Meghan Markle went back to the acting world on Wednesday when she visited one of her new causes.
Former actress Meghan, 37, made her first public trip to the National Theatre in London – three weeks after it was announced she had adopted it as one of her initial four royal patronages. She arrived in a monochrome look, pairing a blush blazer with a V-neck dress by Brandon Maxwell. The royal mom-to-be even recycled her Aquazzura Matilde crisscross pumps, which she wore for her engagement photo call with Prince Harry in the Sunken Gardens of Kensington Palace in Nov. 2017. (Princess Eugenie is also a fan of the shoes!)
Meghan completed her look with a fun updo and carried the Metropolitan Insignia clutch from Carolina Herrera, which she previously used at Trooping the Colour last summer.
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The Duchess of Sussex began Wednesday’s visit by joining a workshop with members of the Pericles company, which was the National Theatre’s first Public Acts production – uniting people from the community in London with professional actors to create a new musical version of the Shakespeare play.
Meghan then met current and former apprentices who are working as technicians in various departments, including carpentry, metalwork and painting.
Afterwards she caught a performance inspired by the play War Horse by primary school children, who are working with the theater’s elementary school program.
Her visit came as husband Harry, 34, spent the morning in his role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador meeting young people from around the world at a roundtable discussion.
The Duchess of Sussex “is a strong believer in using the arts to bring people from different backgrounds and communities together, and this first official visit to The National Theatre will explore the work they do, as well as meeting some of the talented teams and apprentices working behind the scenes,” her office said in a statement.
While Meghan is best known for her TV work, especially her role on the hit legal series Suits, she did her training in theater and is a double major in theater and international relations from Northwestern University.
The National Theatre is one of four patronages that she initially announced earlier this month – and this one was handed down to her by Queen Elizabeth, who had previously been the royal patron.
Her involvement with the theater has intrigued royal experts. Robert Lacey says “is a canny and shrewd [assignment] on the Queen’s part.”
Lacey, a consultant for the Netflix smash The Crown, told PEOPLE, “If Meghan is ever missing the excitement of acting, this will put her back in touch with show business in a very creative way. It is tailor-made for her, and she will throw herself into it.”