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Thursday, 30 August 2018

Meghan flashes her legs in a thigh-skimming £327 Judith and Charles tuxedo dress, while Harry bursts into SONG to the audience's delight at a charity performance of musical Hamilton

  • The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended a gala performance of Hamilton last night to help Harry's charity 
  • Meghan, 37, showed off her legs as she opted for a £327 dress from Canadian label Judith and Charles 
  • Couple mingled with guests at Victoria Palace Theatre and thanked the show's creator Lin-Manuel Miranda 
  • Harry also burst into song with the first words of a number sung by the character of his ancestor George III  
he Duchess of Sussex looked stunning in a thigh-skimming tuxedo dress as she joined Prince Harry for a special charity performance of hit musical Hamilton last night.
The royal couple beamed as they spoke to guests inside the foyer of the Victoria Palace Theatre, London, after being ushered inside through the stage door.  
Meghan, 37, showed off her toned legs in a £327 dress by Canadian label Judith and Charles and Paul Andrew pumps for the occasion, while her husband Harry, 33, looked smart in a suit and tie. 
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were introduced to the show's award-winning creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and his wife Vanessa Nadal before the group took their seats in the theatre's Royal Circle. 
Prince Harry then took to the stage with the cast where he burst into song himself with a rendition of You'll Be Back - sung by the character of his ancestor George III in the musical. 
The event, which marks the royals' first public appearance in a month, was held to benefit Prince Harry's charity Sentebale, which works with children and young people affected by HIV in southern Africa.
The Duchess of Sussex looked stunning in a thigh-skimming tuxedo dress as she joined Prince Harry for a special charity performance of hit musical Hamilton last night. Pictured, the couple inside the foyer of the Victoria Palace Theatre, London, ahead of the show
The Duchess of Sussex looked stunning in a thigh-skimming tuxedo dress as she joined Prince Harry for a special charity performance of hit musical Hamilton last night. Pictured, the couple inside the foyer of the Victoria Palace Theatre, London, ahead of the show
Meghan, 37, showed off her toned legs in a £327 dress by Canadian label Judith and Charles for the occasion, while her husband Harry, 33, looked smart in a suit and tie
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were introduced to the show's award-winning creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda (back pictured), and his wife Vanessa Nadal before the group took their seats in the theatre's Royal Circle to watch the musical sensation
After the show Meghan and Harry the cast and crew of the hit musical at the London theatre
After the show Meghan and Harry the cast and crew of the hit musical at the London theatre
The Duchess of Sussex's legs were on display again as she left the Victoria Palace Theatre in London after the performance
The Duchess of Sussex's legs were on display again as she left the Victoria Palace Theatre in London after the performance
Hip hop musical Hamilton tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. It opened to rave reviews in Broadway, winning Miranda a slew of awards, before transferring to London earlier this year.
Ironically, the show pokes fun at one of Prince Harry's distant relatives, King George III, who is cast as a comical and out-of-touch character.
But Harry clearly took it in good spirit. After the show he got on stage and burst into song, mimicking one of the tunes sung by his ancestor, with the words 'you say'.
The audience clapped and cheered at his surprisingly talented antics. But Harry quickly cautioned them not to expect more, saying of the show's creator: 'He did try but I said no.' 
He thanked the audience for raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for his charity, Sentebale, and to the cast and crew. He added: 'I don't know how you guys do this every single night, over and over again, and in this heat as well.' 
Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda also proved a star turn as he told the audience that he came up with idea of putting King George in his show while he was on honeymoon. 'I wrote the song on my honeymoon and smash, cut to 2018 and I am sitting next to his sixth great-grandson, the Duke of Sussex....' 
Speaking to Miranda, 38, ahead of the show, Prince Harry said: 'Guys congratulations in bringing it over here... Thank you for doing this for Sentebale. It means so much to us and it's going to be a fun night.' 
After the show Harry took to the stage where he began to perform one of the musical's songs
After the show Harry took to the stage where he began to perform one of the musical's songs
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex pictured after the performance meeting cast and crew

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex pictured after the performance meeting cast and crew
Harry and Meghan speak to the Hamilton cast backstage after they watched the hit musical 
Harry and Meghan speak to the Hamilton cast backstage after they watched the hit musical 
Harry takes the microphone as he sang a number from the character of his ancestor George III
Harry takes the microphone as he sang a number from the character of his ancestor George III
The pair join the cast backstage after Meghan and Harry viewed the hit musical Hamilton 

The pair join the cast backstage after Meghan and Harry viewed the hit musical Hamilton 
The royal couple smile and laugh with the Hamilton cast at the central London theatre 
The royal couple smile and laugh with the Hamilton cast at the central London theatre 
Award-winning Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda led the couple into their row in the Royal Circle. The trio appeared in excellent spirits as they took their seats, laughing and joking
Award-winning Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda led the couple into their row in the Royal Circle. The trio appeared in excellent spirits as they took their seats, laughing and joking
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex appeared delighted to meet an audience member seated two rows in front, leaning over to share a quick chat before the curtain went up

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex appeared delighted to meet an audience member seated two rows in front, leaning over to share a quick chat before the curtain went up
Harry and Meghan beamed as they spoke to a theatre-goer seated on the row behind. Meanwhile Miranda, who premiered the show on Broadway, looked focused on the stage
Harry and Meghan beamed as they spoke to a theatre-goer seated on the row behind. Meanwhile Miranda, who premiered the show on Broadway, looked focused on the stage
Prince Harry flashed a mischievous smile as he chatted to an audience member before the show. Meghan has seen the show twice while Harry watched it for the first time in February 
Prince Harry flashed a mischievous smile as he chatted to an audience member before the show. Meghan has seen the show twice while Harry watched it for the first time in February 
Meghan, who has watched the show on both sides of the Atlantic, asked Miranda: 'Have you seen it yet in London? Because I found it so amazing to watch how that plays versus here [UK] and the response is so different but everyone loves it.' 
It is the second time Meghan and Harry have watched the show together, after having made an unofficial visit to see it in February. 
The Duchess of Sussex is thought to have also seen the show on Broadway with close friend and actress Priyanka Chopra before she moved to the UK.
The Duchess of Sussex wore her hair swept back into her signature bun and accentuated her brown eyes with a soft, smoky make-up look
The Duchess of Sussex wore her hair swept back into her signature bun and accentuated her brown eyes with a soft, smoky make-up look
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex looked in excellent spirits as they mingled with audience members and VIP guests ahead of the show at the theatre in Victoria, central London
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex looked in excellent spirits as they mingled with audience members and VIP guests ahead of the show at the theatre in Victoria, central London
Harry and Meghan pose at the centre of a delighted group photo after they watched the performance at the London venue 
Harry and Meghan pose at the centre of a delighted group photo after they watched the performance at the London venue 
The Duke of Sussex  after the performance meeting King George, cast and crew backstage at the Victoria Palace Theatre
The Duke of Sussex  after the performance meeting King George, cast and crew backstage at the Victoria Palace Theatre
Harry and Meghan appear to be deep in conversation as they leave the theatre following the special charity performance 
Harry and Meghan appear to be deep in conversation as they leave the theatre following the special charity performance 
Meghan was the picture of sophistication in her monochrome outfit, balancing the short hemline of her dress with long sleeves and a powerful tuxedo neckline. 
The royal kept her accessories simple, donning a pair of elegant pointed pumps and completely the ensemble with a rectangular black clutch with glitter detailing. 
She wore her brown hair swept back in her signature bun and accentuated her brown eyes with a soft, smoky make-up look. 
Prince Harry looked animated as he discussed the show with creator Lin-Manuel Miranda
Prince Harry looked animated as he discussed the show with creator Lin-Manuel Miranda
The royal couple shared a joke with award-winner creator Miranda (pictured left from behind)
The royal couple shared a joke with award-winner creator Miranda (pictured left from behind)
Miranda, just seen far left, who premiered the show on Broadway, said it was an 'honour' to watch with the royals
Miranda, just seen far left, who premiered the show on Broadway, said it was an 'honour' to watch with the royals
Speaking to reporters after meeting the royals, Miranda said: 'The prince's sixth-great grandfather is a character so that'll be fun and surreal for all of us. 
'You don't get that every day. You get heads of state, we've had some popular folks come see our show but you don't often get a direct descendent of one of your main characters.
'They [Harry and Meghan] said they were huge fans of the show. It's a huge honour for me.
The Duchess of Sussex looked radiant as she chatted with her husband and the show's creator
The Duchess of Sussex looked radiant as she chatted with her husband and the show's creator


The Duchess of Sussex, who has watched Hamilton on both sides of the Atlantic, noted the audience in London had a 'very different response' to the one in New York
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also spent time speaking to workers from Sentebale
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also spent time speaking to workers from Sentebale
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have kept a low-profile this summer, met the show's creator and theatre bosses before taking their seats
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have kept a low-profile this summer, met the show's creator and theatre bosses before taking their seats
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are seen leaving the Victoria Palace after the performance
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are seen leaving the Victoria Palace after the performance

'Yes, it is heavy': Hamilton's King George jokes with his character's six-times great grandson over his impressive crown as actor jokes Harry 'upstaged him'

Hamilton's King George came face to face with his character's six-times great grandson on Wednesday night. 
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended a charity performance of the hit musical Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre,London, delighting the cast. 
Harry took to the stage where he burst into song himself with a rendition of You'll Be Back - sung by the character of his ancestor George III in the musical.
Actor Michael Jibson, who plays the king, joked Harry had 'upstaged him'

Hamilton's King George came face to face with his character's six-times great grandson on Wednesday night
Actor Michael Jibson, who plays King George III, joked Harry had 'upstaged him' at his own play

Mr Jibson also revealed that Harry asked him if his crown was heavy, and he admitted that it was indeed heavy.
Other cast members took to social media to share their excitement at the royals being among the night's audience members. 
Rachel John, an Olivier nominated actress, who plays Angelica Schuyler in the musical wrote: 'Last night was epic...”watch the lady behind Prince Harry” that was me'.
She then shared a video of her jaw-dropping reaction when Prince Harry began to sing. 
Actor Leslie Garcia Bowman wrote: 'A night we will all remember for the rest of our lives.'  
Other cast members took to social media to share their excitement at the royals being among the night's audience members


King George III (pictured), who ruled from 1760 to 1820, is Harry's six-times great grandfather'King George gets a different reaction here to the States. He's a homegrown hero so it's fun to see his reception here. That's very exciting and I'm very curious to see their reception.'
After the show the Duke will take to the stage with Miranda to address the audience.
Harry and Meghan have enjoyed a low-key summer, attending a friend's wedding on August 4, the duchess's birthday, and enjoying a 'romantic' few days in Italy with film star George Clooney and his lawyer wife Amal.
They have also visited Charles, Camilla and the Queen in Scotland.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at the theatre in a car with blacked out windows and pulled up to the stage door where they were ushered inside without stopping for photos
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at the theatre in a car with blacked out windows and pulled up to the stage door where they were ushered inside without stopping for photos
The Duchess accessorised her outfit with a pair of sophisticated black pointed pumps and a small clutch bag. Prince Harry looked smart in a suit for the occasion
The Duchess accessorised her outfit with a pair of sophisticated black pointed pumps and a small clutch bag. Prince Harry looked smart in a suit for the occasion
Prince Harry, pictured, and the Duchess of Sussex were escorted into the venue and did not stop for photos. The couple previously saw the sell-out musical in February
Prince Harry, pictured, and the Duchess of Sussex were escorted into the venue and did not stop for photos. The couple previously saw the sell-out musical in February
The Hamilton Instagram account marked the occasion with this post heralding the 'special gala performance' of the show. Programs were left on the seats in the London theatre (left)
The Hamilton Instagram account marked the occasion with this post heralding the 'special gala performance' of the show. Programs were left on the seats in the London theatre (left)

The $10 founding father who was killed in a duel by a Vice President: Who was Alexander Hamilton? 

U.S. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton
U.S. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton
He was born out of wedlock, stained his reputation with an extra-marital affair and was mortally wounded in a duel. 
In between, U.S. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, the first Treasury Secretary, laid the foundations of a modern financial system by establishing a national bank, securities markets and the mint.
Crucially, the soldier turned political philosopher also knitted America together by having the federal government assume state debts incurred during the American Revolution in return for being granted expanded fiscal powers.
Hamilton was born on January 11, 1755, on the Caribbean island of Nevis. His father was a Scottish immigrant and his mother, who was married to someone else, was British West Indian. 
Although essentially orphaned at age 13 when his mother died, he made it to the colonies aged 15 to further his education. 
Hamilton was largely influential behind the ratification of the Constitution, due in part to backing the Federalist Papers. 
He was one of the first American politicians to have a highly sex scandal with housewife Maria Reynolds. 
She and her husband plotted the affair in order to scam Hamilton out of large sums of money. 
Hamilton died from a gunshot wound in a duel with Vice President Aaron Burr on July 11, 1804.      

Hamilton died from a gunshot wound in a duel with Vice President Aaron Burr on July 11, 1804
Prince Harry thanks the cast of Hamilton for charity performance

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