Prince Harry and Meghan Markle delighted actors and audience members alike back in February when they took in a performance of the hit play Hamilton, but it looks like the royal couple will enjoy another West End date night next week - this time for a very special cause. "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend a gala performance of @HamiltonWestEnd in support of @Sentebale at the Victoria Palace Theatre on Wednesday 29th August," Kensington Palace tweeted on Monday (Aug. 20).
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend a gala performance of @HamiltonWestEnd in support of @Sentebale at the Victoria Palace Theatre on Wednesday 29th August.
The evening will raise awareness and funds for Sentebale's work with children and young people affected by HIV. pic.twitter.com/N8XxUCaiSD
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) August 20, 2018
According to a statement, "The evening will raise awareness and funds for Sentebale's work with children and young people affected by HIV in southern Africa. Over the course of the evening, Their Royal Highnesses will meet representatives from Sentebale and Hamilton, including members of the cast and crew. At the conclusion of the show both The Duke of Sussex and Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the show's book, music, and lyrics, will address the audience."
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's first trip together to see Lin-Manuel's iconic Broadway production was a few months after the former actress crossed the pond to live with her love ahead of their royal wedding. On a rare couple's night out on Feb. 19, the duo left actor Leslie Garcia Bowman brimming with excitement after watching the award-winning play in London. "Was an honour to have Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in to watch @HamiltonWestEnd last night!" This is believed to be the 37-year-old's third time seeing Hamilton, as she also posed for a photo with bestie Priyanka Chopra, who was holding up a playbill from the Broadway performance, a few years back in New York.
This won't be the couple's first outing for Sentebale this summer. On July 26, Meghan supported her husband at his charity's polo match, where he and teammate Nacho Figueras took home the Sentebale Polo Cup. But the most exciting moment of the day wasn't the royal's victory - it was the kiss he received from his wife as she presented the trophy to his team, a moment that mirrored those of his parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, who were also fixtures on the charity polo circuit. If the nostalgia wasn't enough, Nacho took to Instagram to give the kiss the meme treatment, joking that he wished the trophy he was holding was a violin during that romantic moment.
Sentebale, which means "forget me not" in Sesotho, was founded in honour of Prince Harry and his friend Prince Seeiso of Lesotho's late mothers. The charity helps children in Lesotho and Botswana who are dealing with HIV or AIDS or have lost family members to the virus, and is a great passion of the 33-year-old prince. Meghan has been thrilled to stand by her husband and support his causes, which also include the Invictus Games - where they made their official debut in Toronto in 2017 and which the couple will attend this fall in Sydney.
The gala performance of Hamilton will be a rare outing in August as the duke and duchess have been enjoying their summer holiday, especially weekends at their country home in the Cotswolds. After celebrating Meghan's birthday at friend Charlie van Straubenzee's wedding on Aug. 4, the pair has been laying low and are expected to head to Balmoral for some quality time with the Queen before the summer is out.