Prince Harry burst into song as he took to the stage after a special charity performance of hip-hop musical Hamilton, leaving the cast and audience thrilled. The Duke of Sussex joked about playing his ancestor King George III in the hit play, which mocks the British monarchy during the founding of modern-day America. He was joined by the Duchess of Sussex and the show’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda on Wednesday night for a performance to raise money for the duke’s HIV charity, Sentebale.
And, after coming on stage to give an after-show speech, he broke into mock-song with a rendition of You’ll Be Back, which is sung by the George III character. He crooned: “You say…” before cutting himself off and saying to Miranda: “You did try, but I said no.” Miranda told the audience he envisioned the character during his honeymoon, adding: “Smash cut to 2018 I’m sitting next to his sixth-great grandson. Ladies and gentlemen, the Duke of Sussex.” Harry and Meghan meet the cast and crew of Hamilton
After meeting the duke for the first time that evening, he earlier told reporters “you don’t often get a direct descendent” to watch the show set in the 18th century. “The prince’s sixth-great-grandfather is a character so that’ll be fun and surreal for all of us,” he said. Prince Harry shakes the hands of cast and crew members after the charity performance
Harry and Meghan sat among the audience in the royal circle in London’s Victoria Palace Theatre during the show. But after the public had left they went onstage to share their appreciation for the performance with the cast, including the man who played the king. The performance was to raise money for the duke’s HIV charity, Sentebale
Meghan told actors the energy on the night was “palpable”, adding: “It was so engaging, every moment of it.” Harry said: “That was absolutely incredible.” The Duke and Duchess of Sussex take their seats next to Lin Manuel Miranda.
Both had already seen the show, but were hosting the gala performance for Sentebale, which Harry founded with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho after the duke’s gap year there. Nearly £300,000 was said to have been raised through ticket sales and donations for the charity that works to improve prospects for children and young people affected by HIV in southern Africa.