Former actress Meghan Markle wants schools to start giving as much importance to drama clubs and theatre as they do to sports, and she had no problem at all voicing that opinion recently.
During her visit to the performing arts theatre Bristol Old Vic, with Prince Harry, the Duchess of Sussex, 37, according to Express, described how the creative arts give people a sense of “community.” “It’s good that you have this,” she told young actors and actresses on the stage, adding, “And what a beautiful space as well, it’s really special.”
The Suits alum continued, “There’s so much of the emphasis in after-school clubs on sport. Channelling the energy you have into the creative arts and theatre and all of that is equally as important.” She said, “Sport isn’t for everyone, just as theatre isn’t for everyone. You can know that there’s a place here where you can find community, and sort of explore self-discovery and other things you might be thinking about.”
Meghan was not done handing out praise to the arts, adding, “When you have school, you really appreciate coming here, right? It’s really good that you guys have this and have each other to explore your creativity.”
The Duke, 34, even chimed in on the topic of drama in schools. “It’s quite hard sitting in a classroom being told what you should be interested in, whereas this is more than a hobby isn’t it? It runs in your blood,” he said.
Along with an acting background, Meghan recently became a patron of the National Theatre, so it is no surprise she is already beginning to visit performing centers. The royal is also a patron to The Association of Commonwealth Universities, Smart Works and Mayhew, which works to “improve the lives of animals and people to better communities both in London and internationally.”
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