We’re willing to bet that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex didn’t think they’d encounter an elephant while attending the Royal Variety Performance! While greeting talent before the epic annual show, the couple came across Peanut – a realistic puppet from the act Circus 1903 – and Prince Harry even gave him a little kiss. But it was Duchess Meghan’s reaction that brought fans the most joy!
Peanut, operated by Luke Chadwick-Jones, bowed and handed the mom-to-be a bouquet of flowers. To the sweet offering, Meghan said “Thank you,” to performer Jessica Spalis before turning to the intricate puppet and saying, “Whoever is under there, a big thank you.” At that point Prince Harry came down the line and gave Peanut a kiss on the trunk, to which the animal trumpeted delightedly and Meghan couldn’t help but throw her head back with a laugh.
The expectant duchess dazzled in a glamorous black-and-white Safiyaa gown for the charity gala at the London Palladium, where she showed off her love for British pop group Take That! “I’m looking forward to seeing you closing the show,” she told the group. The duke and duchess were surely also overjoyed to be seeing cast members of Hamilton, a Broadway showed they’d seen together twice.
Meghan and Harry also enjoyed meeting Britain’s Got Talent winner the Lost Voice Guy (Lee Ridley), a disabled stand-up comedian who is unable to speak, so he uses a communication aid while performing. Lee said of meeting the royal couple: “It was amazing to meet them both. She just congratulated me and said how much she enjoyed my performance, which made my day.”
We’re certain the performances made the Sussexes’ day, too! It was certainly a special evening for the duo, who enjoyed their very first star-studded show together as a married couple – and future parents! – while celebrating their six-month anniversary. The show raises money for one of the Queen’s patronages, the Royal Variety Charity. Each year, a different senior royal is the guest of honour, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watching from the royal box last year.