Meghan Markle Makes Surprise Appearance for One of Her Royal Patronages: Pics

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Meghan Markle stepped out privately on Thursday to support a cause that's close to her.

Before the former Suits star and her husband, Prince Harry, made their first joint appearance since stepping down as senior members of the royal family to attend the Endeavour Fund Awards, Meghan made a surprise, private visit to London's National Theatre. Meghan is a royal patron for the National Theatre, taking over the role from Queen Elizabeth II in January 2019, and will continue to be even after taking a step back from the royal family. ET has learned that Meghan and Harry will make private visits to several of their patronages while they're in the U.K.

On Friday, the National Theatre tweeted a glowing picture of 38-year-old Meghan -- who wore a white puff-sleeved Topshop blouse and a high-waist skirt for the occasion -- as well as a smiling picture of her next to a hologram of singer Nubiya Brandon.

"Yesterday, The Duchess of Sussex, our Royal patron, visited our Immersive Storytelling Studio, where emerging technology like Virtual Reality is used to develop new forms of dramatic storytelling," the tweet read.

Meghan and Harry later shared pictures of their own from the event on Instagram, and referenced their visit to Stanford University last month. A source told ET at the time that the two had brainstorming meeting with professors, and that the meetings were to assist the couple with their already in-progress work to set up a new charitable organization.

"Yesterday, The Duchess of Sussex, Royal patron of the National Theatre, visited the Immersive Storytelling Studio in London, where emerging technology like Virtual Reality is being used to develop new forms of emotive storytelling," the Instagram caption reads. "Recently, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also visited Stanford University where part of their learning journey included a virtual reality presentation that allows the user to experience life through another person’s point of view. The goal of this method of virtual reality is to enable us to better connect and empathise with each other as people, regardless of race, age or nationality. The Duchess is pictured here with Nubiya Brandon and her hologram, featured in the National’s exhibition 'All Kinds of Limbo,' which is currently being presented at the Tate Modern."

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Yesterday, The Duchess of Sussex, Royal patron of the National Theatre, visited the Immersive Storytelling Studio in London, where emerging technology like Virtual Reality is being used to develop new forms of emotive storytelling. Recently, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also visited Stanford University where part of their learning journey included a virtual reality presentation that allows the user to experience life through another person’s point of view. The goal of this method of virtual reality is to enable us to better connect and empathise with each other as people, regardless of race, age or nationality. The Duchess is pictured here with Nubiya Brandon and her hologram, featured in the National’s exhibition ‘All Kinds of Limbo’, which is currently being presented at the Tate Modern. Photo © The Duke and Duchess of Sussex / Chris Allerton

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In January, Meghan and 35-year-old Harry announced that they will be splitting their time between North America and the United Kingdom and will become financially independent from the royal family. Shortly before that news broke, Meghan was seen at the National Theatre for another private visit.

During Harry's speech on Thursday at the Endeavour Fund Awards on Thursday -- which celebrates the achievements of wounded, injured, and sick servicemen and women who have taken part in sporting and adventure challenges over the last year -- he noted that he will always be happy to serve his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and the U.K.

"Being able to serve Queen and Country is something we all are rightly proud of, and it never leaves us," he said. "Once served, always serving!"  

For more on Meghan and Harry's outing on Thursday, which included witnessing a surprise engagement, watch the video below:

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