Update, 1/8: This may be one of Meghan's last public appearances for a while. In a statement on Wednesday, she and Prince Harry announced that they were effectively resigning as senior members of the royal family, planned to become financially independent, and would be splitting their time between the U.K. and North America. You can read the whole statement here.
Original post: The Duchess of Sussex took an extended break from her royal duties at the end of 2019, but she's clearly back to work and hitting the ground running at the beginning of a new decade. This morning, Meghan was photographed leaving London's National Theatre where, according to reporter Omid Scobie, she met with artistic director Rufus Norris and executive director Lisa Burger to "talk about the year ahead."
Meghan was named patron of the organization in January of last year, when after holding the position for 45 years, the Queen passed the role on to her granddaughter-in-law. Given Meghan's experience in the acting world, Norris previously described her association with the theater as a "very natural fit for the organization."
For this morning's appointment, Meghan looked chic and business-focused, wearing a classic blue button-down shirt, which she paired with black trousers and pumps, a navy blue overcoat, and a sleek updo.
According to Meghan bible Meghan's Mirror, her coat appears to be this Massimo Dutti piece:
Meghan loves the J.Crew line of "Perfect" shirts, which she wore on an outing to Hubb Kitchens, so her shirt might be this J.Crew number:
News of today's meeting comes just one day after Meghan's first official public engagement of the year, in which she and Prince Harry visited Canada House to meet with Janice Charette, the High Commissioner in Canada to the U.K., and to thank her staff for the "hospitality and support" they received while visiting Vancouver Island over the holiday break.
The royal couple also viewed an exhibition by the Indigenous artist Skawennati, and opened up to Charette a bit about their stay in Vancouver, an area Meghan described as "beautiful."
“The fact that they were able to go to Canada to enjoy the holiday season with friends and family and basically to have privacy and be undisturbed and to be able to enjoy peace and tranquility and the beautiful country, I couldn’t be happier,” Charette told reporter Victoria Murphy, who reported on the event for Town & Country.
In addition to her public appearances, Meghan is clearly already keeping a busy schedule of work behind the scenes for 2020. Notably, before arriving at Canada House yesterday, Meghan also privately visited the Hubb Community Kitchen, an organization helping victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, which Meghan supported for more than a year now.
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