IT blunder leaks Meghan Markle's new role

Last night Kensington Palace announced the Duchess of Sussex’s first patronages as a member of the royal family – but not without a bit of a blunder.

The Queen decided to pass on two of her patronages to Meghan Markle, The National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities, which Her Majesty has held for 45 and 33 years respectively. 

The timing of the announcement was a little off however, and an IT blunder on The National Theatre’s website meant that Meghan’s patronage was accidentally leaked a day early.

Meghan’s first four patronages have been announced. Photo: Getty

The error was quickly spotted and deleted, and now we’re just hoping a similar thing happens to give us some extra details about baby Sussex!

The National Theatre’s mission is to make world class theatre that’s entertaining, challenging and inspiring – and to make it for everyone, so it’s an apt patronage for former actress Meghan.

She’ll also become patron of four organisations that reflect the causes she’s long been associated with including the arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare.


The Queen opens the National Theatre on London’s South Bank in 1976. Photo: Getty

She’s also become patron of Smart Works and Mayhew, with the former being an organisation that helps long-term unemployed and vulnerable women regain the skills, while the latter is an animal welfare charity.

Meghan has long been a vocal supporter of animal welfare and she rescued her dog Guy from a shelter in 2015. She and Harry are believed to have adopted a second pup last year. 

Reporting by Danielle Stacey

Meghan is a big animal lover – she and Harry greeted the dogs of Ireland’s President Michael Higgins and wife Sabina in July last year. Photo: Getty

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