Meghan Markle flashed a Hollywood smile as she arrived at the Natural History Museum with Prince Harry in her first public appearance since her father’s bombshell letter leak .
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex looked a picture of happiness as they passed photographers, and will tonight enjoy a gala performance of The Wider Earth to mark the 210th birthday of Charles Darwin.
Pregnant Meghan, 37, looked radiant wrapped up in a cream roll-neck Calvin Klein dress and Amanda Wakeley coat.
She wore the same gorgeous coat, which costs almost £1,000, last year during the Commonwealth Day service.
The Duchess paired it with a bespoke suede olive clutch bag, which she sported at Prince Louis’ christening, and matching Ralph Lauren heels.
She was also thought to be wearing her rose gold clover heart earrings by Vanessa Tugendhaft.
Harry, 34, meanwhile, looked handsome in a blue suit.
The Duchess received a bouquet of flowers from a 12-year-old girl name Sage before she made her way inside.
The couple were then greeted by a giant tortoise puppet.
The pair are well acquainted with the venue in Kensington, London, as it is where they are said to have enjoyed an after-hours date .
In March 2017, Harry reportedly booked out the entire museum one Sunday and slipped in after it had closed to take Meghan for a private tour.
A source said at the time: "Meg had always wanted to go so Harry arranged a private visit. It’s quite romantic after dark as all the exhibits, including the dinosaurs, are all still lit up. And of course, they had it to themselves."
Meanwhile, the theatre production the couple are watching this evening is about the young Charles Darwin’s expedition on HMS Beagle.
It is presented by Trish Wadley Productions, Dead Puppet Society and Glass Half Full Productions.
Meghan and Harry’s visit is in support of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT) and the production’s official charitable partner, The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC).
Harry is President of the QCT, which aims to encourage young leaders who are working to change the world.
The QCC conserves indigenous forests across the globe, marking the Queen’s service to the Commonwealth.
Harry and Meghan unveiled six dedications to the QCC during their previous tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga, and also welcomed commitment to the initiative by its latest member, Kiribati.
The performance will be a welcome relief for Meghan who has endured days of drama after a sensational letter she wrote to her estranged father Thomas before her wedding was revealed.
In neat handwriting, she accused him of breaking her heart “into a million pieces” by giving scathing interviews to the media, making up stories and attacking Prince Harry .
She begged him: "If you love me, as you tell the press you do, please stop. Please allow us to live our lives in peace."
The Duchess also slammed her father for siding with her half-sister Samantha, who has attacked her in the press while she “silently suffered at the hand of her vicious lies”.
Meghan, who is expecting her first child this spring, also complained that Mr Markle has made no attempts to contact her and reprimanded him for falsely telling journalists he is the one who has been shunned.
She also accused her father of snubbing her and Prince Harry’s offers of help when he pulled out of attending their wedding after two heart attacks – and accused him of being ungrateful for the money she has given him.
In the letter, the Duchess of Sussex wrote: “Daddy, it is with a heavy heart that I write this, not understanding why you have chosen to take this path, turning a blind eye to the pain you are causing.”
In another extract, she says: “Your actions have broken my heart into a million pieces – not simply because you have manufactured such unnecessary and unwarranted pain, but by making the choice to not tell the truth as you are puppeteered in this. Something I will never understand.”
The letter came after Mr Markle declined to walk his daughter down the aisle last May then went on to criticise the Duchess in a series of media interviews.
Meghan went on to accuse her father of "victimising" her in the press .
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