Meghan Markle’s first ever royal patronages have been announced today. The Queen has given the Duchess of Sussex one of Her Majesty’s own patronages, that of the National Theatre, alongside three others. It comes in contrast to the Duchess of Cambridge’s first patronage, given in 2011 six months after she married Prince William.
On that occasion, Kate was only given one patronage – meaning that Prince Harry's wife was given three more than her sister-in-law.
In addition, it was alongside Prince William and Harry for The Royal Foundation, and not a solo honour.
Royal commentators Lisa Ryan and Kaitlin Menza, in their podcast “Royally Obsessed”, reveal how this shows the Queen’s love for the Duchess of Sussex.
Ms Ryan said: “Queen Elizabeth loves this girl.
"[It is] not just the fact that she would give her one of her own patronages."
The hosts also said the Queen is honouring Meghan’s past career as an actress and her interest in studying the theatre.
Ms Menza added: “[The Queen] is embracing [Meghan’s] theatre past and reminding us once again that she is an actress, [the Palace] is not playing it down.
She said: “It’s so perfect for Meghan.”
They also reference Vanity Fair writer Katie Nicholl, who said: “It is a sign of her faith in the duchess that she is handing over such a prestigious position to Meghan.”
In addition to the National Theatre, the Duchess of Sussex has also been named patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, animal welfare charity The Mayhew, and women’s charity Smart Works.