Reporter Omid Scobie posted a video of the Duke and Duchess arriving in the lobby of the Victoria Palace Theatre.
Phone service is back? Here’s a closer look at #HarryandMeghan’s arrival at the @Sentebale gala performance of @HamiltonWestEnd this evening, where they were met by charity representatives as well as @Lin_Manuel and his wife @VAMNit. pic.twitter.com/ex2g6Cmxmi
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) August 29, 2018
The event was a fundraiser for Sentebale, a charity helping children and young people affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana. Prince Harry co-founded Sentebale with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in 2006.
More from The Mirror’s story:
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were welcomed to the Victoria Palace Theatre in London by the musical’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and his wife Vanessa.
A video from Emily Andrews of The Sun shows the Duke and Duchess chatting with hosts and dignitaries before the performance.
VIDEO: #princeharry & #duchessmeghan meet @HamiltonMusical creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and wife Vanessa. Meghan appeared to bring up the show’s comedy character King George III, Harry’s sixth great-grandfather, saying the response in the UK & States was different! pic.twitter.com/1QUQBoD6V2
— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) August 29, 2018
A look at the theatre before everyone arrived.
Below, the Duke, Duchess and Lin-Manuel Miranda as they were being seated.
More from The Mirror:
The Olivier, Tony and Grammy award-winning production follows the remarkable life story of Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies, who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and helped shape the foundations of the United States.
Mr. Miranda in the lead role on Broadway in 2016.
A fun tweet from Huffington Post reporter Willa Frej.
— Willa Frej (@willafrej) August 29, 2018
Here you see Jameal Westman, the lead in the West End production.
Below, Rachelle Ann Go as Eliza Hamilton and Mr. Westman.
Meghan is a big Hamilton fan. More from The Mirror:
…this isn’t the first time Meghan has seen the musical based on the life of American founding father Alexander Hamilton. It’s actually her third. Meghan and Harry were spotted seated amongst a sell out crowd back in February.
And Meghan also saw the show in New York with her friend Priyanka Chopra. Before she deleted her Instagram account Meghan posted a picture of the glamorous pair standing outside the theatre posing with the playbill.
Following the performance Meghan, Harry, and Lin-Manuel Miranda addressed the audience.
In another video from Emily Andrews, you hear Mr. Miranda speak about the King George III character in the show and the King’s real sixth great-grandson…Prince Harry.
Video: Lin-Manuel Miranda got a HUGE & rapturous reception as he came onto the stage. He said he’d written the King George song while on honeymoon & “smash cut to 2018 & I’m sitting next to his sixth great-grandson…!” #princeharry found it v funny @HamiltonWestEnd pic.twitter.com/v0kffJb1NS
— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) August 29, 2018
The Duke chatting with ‘King George III’ after the show.
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Then it was Prince Harry’s turn to address the audience.
Thank you to the cast and crew of @HamiltonWestEnd for a fantastic performance, raising awareness and funds for @Sentebale‘s work with children and young people affected by HIV #HamiltonLDN pic.twitter.com/M5hmjTfhEz
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) August 29, 2018
The Duke and Duchess with cast members.
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As mentioned above, Meghan’s dress is by Judith and Charles, a Canadian brand. The label’s Digital Dress is a classic tuxedo look with double-breasted styling, peak lapels, and patch pockets.
It is crafted in stretch wool, a blend of 97% virgin wool with 3% Elastane for stretch and ease of movement. Thoughts on the dress from Edward Barsamian’s Vogue story.
Hitting just above her knee, the outfit was a radical shift from the prim pieces the Duchess has sported in the past. She also seems to have done away with the nude pantyhose she has worn for more formal royal engagements.
More reaction to the dress from Jessica of The Fug Girls:
I am very into the idea of a little tuxedo dress, and this feels VERY in her general stylistic wheelhouse — she loves a lady tux effect. I think it’s very chic on her.
The couple as they left the theatre.
And from The Telegraph’s Caroline Leaper:
It’s a look that has all the hallmarks of a ‘Meghan Markle’ look, rather than a Duchess of Sussex one; it’s sharp, it’s stylish, and it’s very short.
For anyone who was worried that Meghan had been entirely Duchess-ified since marriage, this outfit will serve as a palette cleanser, maybe even a reminder of the former style persona we used to know and like a lot.
On to the accessories. Meghan carried a new box clutch tonight that we haven’t identified yet.
She was in a pair of Paul Andrew heels, the ‘Pump-It-Up’ style in black grosgrain and linen canvas.
The Duchess wore her hair up.
She had on her Shaun Leane Silver and Gold Vermeil Talon Earrings ($315).
If we learn more about the handbag we will update the post. Another view of the Duke and Duchess as they depart the Victoria Palace Theatre.
Our other topic today: news that Meghan’s wedding gown, veil, and tiara will be on display to the public. They will be part of a Royal Collection Trust exhibition at Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Scotland.
A look at the Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy dress, with its boat neckline and train.
The special exhibit is called “A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.” It runs at Windsor Castle from October 26 – January 6. Dates for the Edinburgh exhibit are June 13, 2019 through October 6. More from The Telegraph’s story:
“The Givenchy dress, created by British designer Claire Waight Keller, is to go on show along with a 16-foot-long veil adorned with the 53 flowers of the Commonwealth along with a California Poppy representing Meghan Markle’s own heritage.’
Another view of the intricate work on the veil.
Most readers remember that Meghan wore Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau tiara, lent to her by the Queen.
It is also part of the exhibit. This is the first time it will be publicly displayed.
Click here for our detailed post on the dress, veil, and jewelry.
A replica of Prince Harry’s Household Cavalry frockcoat uniform, made by Savile Row tailors Dege & Skinner, will be part of the exhibit. A copy of the uniform is being shown because Prince Harry’s uniform is needed for regular wear.
- Admission tickets to Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse include the exhibit.
- You can order Windsor Castle tickets online now.
- Adult tickets are £21.20; if you are a student or over age 60 they are £19.30; if you are under 17 or disabled the price is £12.30. There is no charge for children under age 5.
- Tickets for the Palace of Holyroodhouse exhibit go on sale November 1.
A quick note from our Retail Roundup page: Meghan’s coat by J. Crew that was worn in Birmingham is available for ordering in all sizes ($298, and ineligible for any discounts). Many thanks to Hilary for her tip on the FB page!
- If you’d like to learn more about Sentebale or make a donation their site is here; the organization’s Facebook page is here; its Twitter feed here and Instagram page here.
- For information on the musical Hamilton visit the site here; the London production’s site is here.
- The Daily Mail’s story is here; The Mirror’s story is here; a Hello! piece is here; The Telegraph’s article is here
- PopSugar’s gallery is here; a People gallery is here; the full Fug Girls slideshow is here; the entire Vogue story may be seen here