This week, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended a special performance of the hip-hop musical Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London, and insiders say that Harry looked uncomfortable while the actors mocked one of his ancestors. And, he also was uneasy because many of the cast members were aware of his party-boy past.
“Harry had a forced smile on his face the whole night. But there were times when a sneer crept on his face, and he was obviously uncomfortable he was in a room full of people essentially mocking his family and their inability to hold onto their grasp of America,” says an insider who also attended the show.
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The source added that the Duke of Sussex knows he can’t put his past behind him because the “specter of racism and colonialism hangs heavy over the royal family,” plus we all know about the college party where he dressed up as a Nazi soldier. Anytime he is at a public event where educated people are aware of his past, as well as his family’s, he gets uncomfortable. However, he does his best to “appear affable.”
According to Radar Online, during the viewing of Hamilton, Harry had to swallow his pride while the cast publicly mocked Harry’s ancestor, King George III.
Hamilton tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s founding fathers, and also celebrates the American Revolution while making fun of the country’s former British rulers. King George III is one of the show’s most satirical characters, who they depict as a wimpy, British Invasion singer. Meanwhile, they present the Founding Fathers as a group of multicultural immigrants who rap against the Royals.
George III is one of the family’s most embarrassing members because he is the king who not only lost America, but he also lost his mind.
Thank you to the cast and crew @HamiltonWestEnd for an incredible show ? The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended a special gala performance of @HamiltonMusical to raise awareness and funds for @Sentebale, founded by The Duke with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in 2006. Sentebale's programmes of education and care provide the tools and knowledge for young people affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana to live long, happy, healthy lives.
Because Harry is part of a family known for “racism, war, and invasion,” and he is the sixth-great-grandson of George III, he joked that Markle had warned him about how the show depicted the royal family.
Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda was more than happy, however, to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to the theater. He said it isn’t every day that you get one of the direct descendants of your main characters in the audience.
The special performance of Hamilton was to support Prince Harry’s HIV-charity Sentebale, and afterward, the Prince jumped on stage and jokingly started to sing. The show raised £300,000 for the charity via ticket sales and donations.