The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, brought Christmas cheer to retired artists and entertainers, as she visited the Royal Variety Charity's residential nursing home in Twickenham. 

Meghan, 37, wore a white printed Brock Collection dress, which hugged her baby bump and a grey Soia and Kyo coat for this morning’s visit to Brinsworth House. She proudly showed off her growing baby bump as she met with former starts. 

The former Suits star appeared to have an affinity with the residents, including former TV sitcom star Richard O'Sullivan.

She spent the morning talking to residents, singing carols and helping create a Christmas collage, showcasing her calligraphy skills.

The talented Duchess showed her grasp of foreign languages, chatting in fluent Spanish to one of the residents. 


Meghan visits Richard O'Sullivan

Activities co-ordinator Jay Cranks said about the duchess: "She said she used to teach calligraphy. She was so natural, so wonderful to be with, she can join our class any time."

Giles Cooper, chairman of the Royal Variety Charity, had taken the duchess on her tour of the home and said the royal visit had made Christmas for the residents.

He added Meghan had mentioned a care home for actors in Los Angeles which she had visited many times and said Brinsworth House reminded her of the US institution.


Meghan speaks to the head chef at the care home

Mr Cooper said: "Obviously as an actress she felt amongst her own, I think.

"She was chatting all the way round, great fun in the hairdressing salon, in all the areas actually, really joined in and made a real effort to speak to absolutely everybody - it was fantastic to see."

Meghan joined residents at Brinsworth House when they had a festive sing-a-long of carols led by West End singer Cassidy Janson.


Meghan brought Christmas cheer to residents, telling Josephine Gordon she is feeling 'very pregnant'.

She clapped her hands and swayed in time to the music and later chatted to Rosario Serrano, 87, a former Flamenco dancer and singer who was accompanying the music with a bangle made of bells.

Ms Serrano, originally from Madrid, said Meghan spoke to her in fluent Spanish without an accent. She added: "She was telling me about her life and her acting, she was talking about everything. She said she started doing a job she enjoyed then she met Harry."

She spoke to retired West End theatre actress Josephine Gordon, who said: "I've been reading about you in the papers." Meghan, smiling, looked down and patted her bump. "I'm feeling very pregnant," she said. When Ms Gordon asked how she was feeling, the Duchess replied: "Very good."

Her visit came a day after her father Thomas Markle appeared in an interview on Good Morning Britain, claiming he was being “shunned” by his daughter. Mr Markle also made a direct appeal to the Queen to help heal the growing rift between him and his daughter.

But she appeared relaxed and in a festive mood when she entered the care home, waving to the anticipating crowd. As she left, she wished people a 'Merry Christmas'.