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The National Theatre confirms that the process to replace the Duchess of Sussex as patron has begun

Benjamin Wareing

The National Theatre has confirmed that the process of replacing the Duchess of Sussex has their patron has already begun, with a new member of The Royal Family to be announced in due course.

In a statement, the organisation thanked Meghan for the work and support she offered through her patronage.

The Duchess became patron of the National Theatre in 2019, taking over from The Queen, who has previously served as patron since 1974.

A spokesperson for the National Theatre said: “The National Theatre is very grateful for the support offered by the Duchess of Sussex throughout the course of her patronage.

“The Duchess championed our work with communities and young people across the UK, and our mission to make theatre accessible to all.

“As Buckingham Palace have stated, the process of appointing a new patron is ongoing and will be announced in due course.”

The National Theatre was set up with the aim of making world class theatre accessible to everyone. As well as shows at its London base, it has regular productions touring the UK and internationally. The organisation also has an ongoing learning programme across the country as well as writing schemes and  digital projects including a free streaming service for schools to allow pupils to access theatre.