Saturday 15 December 2018

Meghan Markle glitters in sequin combination for black tie night out in London with Harry

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, leave after the Royal Variety Performance in London, Britain November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, leave after the Royal Variety Performance in London, Britain November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, leave after the Royal Variety Performance in London, Britain November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, leave after the Royal Variety Performance in London, Britain November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, leave after the Royal Variety Performance in London, Britain November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, leave after the Royal Variety Performance in London, Britain November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, leave after the Royal Variety Performance in London, Britain November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Britain's Prince Harry (L), Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend the annual Royal Variety Performance at the Palladium Theatre in central London on November 19, 2018. (Photo by Ian Vogler / POOL / AFP)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) greets British singer-songwriter Gary Barlow, as she attends the annual Royal Variety Performance at the Palladium Theatre in central London on November 19, 2018. (Photo by Ian Vogler / various sources / AFP)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attends the annual Royal Variety Performance at the Palladium Theatre in central London on November 19, 2018. (Photo by Ian Vogler / POOL / AFP)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives at The Royal Variety Performance 2018 at London Palladium on November 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives at The Royal Variety Performance 2018 at London Palladium on November 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, reacts as she arrives at the Royal Variety Performance in London, Britain November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Rick Goodman

Expectant mother Meghan Markle has met pop legends Take That as she made her debut appearance at the Royal Variety Performance.

Britain's Duke and Duchess of Sussex thrilled onlookers as they arrived at the star-studded charity gala at the London Palladium on Monday evening. Meghan's baby bump was barely noticeable as she graced the red carpet in a black-and-white sequinned Safiyaa strapless top paired with a bespoke fishtail gown, her trusty Birks Snowflake Snowstorm earrings and a black box clutch, before meeting the three remaining members of Take That.

"I'm looking forward to seeing you closing the show," Meghan told the pop group before heading into the packed auditorium for her first time attending the annual show.

Take That's Mark Owen, who wore a maroon velvet suit for the occasion, beamed as he spoke with Meghan and Harry.

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, leave after the Royal Variety Performance in London, Britain November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, leave after the Royal Variety Performance in London, Britain November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

"It's very exciting," he told Press Association of the royal meeting.

Other acts on the bill included singers Rick Astley and George Ezra, the cast of the musical Hamilton, and Britain's Got Talent winner, comedian Lost Voice Guy. Host Greg Davies, famed for his role in comedy series The Inbetweeners, poked fun at the relative age of the crowd during his opening.

"I'm a middle-aged man and I despise anyone under the age of 25. So to look out and see this sea of grey heads is an absolute delight," he joked.

Mr Davies also greeted the Duke and Duchess and congratulated them on their "wonderful news".

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) greets British singer-songwriter Gary Barlow, as she attends the annual Royal Variety Performance at the Palladium Theatre in central London on November 19, 2018. (Photo by Ian Vogler / various sources / AFP)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) greets British singer-songwriter Gary Barlow, as she attends the annual Royal Variety Performance at the Palladium Theatre in central London on November 19, 2018. (Photo by Ian Vogler / various sources / AFP)

"As I believe they say in royal circles, one is thrilled when two become three," he said.

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On the red carpet Meghan was presented with a posy by seven-year-old Darcie-Rae Moyse, from Crowthorn in Berkshire. The flowers were picked from the garden at Brinsworth House, a nursing and residential home in Twickenham for former entertainers and artists.

Royal Variety Charity chairman Giles Cooper said the posy was to mark Meghan's first visit to the gala, which he said had one of the best line-ups in recent years.

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, leave after the Royal Variety Performance in London, Britain November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, leave after the Royal Variety Performance in London, Britain November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

"It's a great mix of speciality performers, comedy and music," Mr Giles said.

The event raises money for the Royal Variety Charity, of which The Queen is Patron, and in particular helps support the residents of Brinsworth House. Lost Voice Guy had the crowd in stitches with his unique comedy routine delivered through a speech app on his tablet device. The comedian, whose real name is Lee Ridley, has cerebral palsy and is unable to speak but poked fun at his disability as well as his talent show win.

"Now that I've hit the big time, nothing will shut me up," he said in the electronic voice. "Unless there is a power cut."

Norwegian pop star Sigrid, 22, gave an uplifting rendition of her hit Strangers, leaving the stage to dance in the aisle with fans. Young cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who performed at Harry and Meghan's wedding, also took to the stage, but the royal couple missed his encore while they were signing the guest register.

Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli and his son Matteo sang a duet, Ezra sang Shotgun and Take That finished with Never Forget. Living up to its variety show name, the night also featured acrobats and animal puppetry by Circus 1903, who brought their human-operated elephants Queenie and Peanut, designed by the team behind the stage hit War Horse.

Press Association

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