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Meghan Markle replaced as Duchess of Cornwall takes over coveted role

She reportedly wanted it before it was given to Meghan

Meghan Markle is reportedly being replaced by the Duchess of Cornwall in a theatre role she’s said to have eyed for a while.

The Times reports Prince Charles’ wife, 74, will become royal patron of the National Theatre in London’s South Bank.

The Duchess of Sussex previously held the post before relinquishing her titles as part of Megxit.

Meghan, 40, took over from the Queen in the role in January 2019 before stepping away in February 2021.

A March 2020 visit is thought to have been one of her and Prince Harry’s final engagements as working royals.

Camilla will reportedly replace Meghan Markle as royal patron at the National Theatre
Camilla will reportedly replace Meghan Markle as royal patron at the National Theatre (Credit: SplashNews.com)

Meghan Markle news: ‘Camilla really wanted it’

According to the broadsheet, the position is one Camilla had aspired to take on for a while.

Furthermore, a source told the newspaper she was “miffed” to miss out when Meghan was gifted the role.

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They claimed: “[Camilla] really wanted it.

She was pretty miffed.

“She was pretty miffed when it went to Meghan, and will be all the more delighted to take it on now, after being disappointed not to get it first time round.”

Meghan pictured arriving at the National Theatre for a visit
Meghan pictured arriving at the National Theatre for a January 2019 visit (Credit: SplashNews.com)

Camilla’s commitment to theatre

Camilla and Charles are reported to be close friends with stage stars such as Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Penelope Keith and Dame Joanna Lumley.

But she has also previously spoken about her passion for theatre when she attended the Olivier Awards in October 2020.

Camilla stressed how important drama is for “cultural life” – and expressed hopes the theatre industry will recover following the pandemic.

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She said at the time: “I believe in theatre. It’s the cornerstone of a fertile cultural life, a forum for debate and a powerful means of building community.

“Perhaps more importantly, those of us who believe in the theatre also believe in its resilience.

“I should like to thank those of you whose profession is in the theatre for your determination and flexibility.

“Please remain resilient. We need you, and we’ve missed you.”

The Times said Clarence House declined to comment on the claim.

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