Prince Harry receives a standing ovation as he takes the stage ahead of a gala performance of Meat Loaf musical Bat Out of Hell – but pregnant Meghan is NOT in the audience
- Prince Harry, 34, arrived for charity performance of Meat Loaf musical in London
- The royal is attending the event without pregnant wife the Duchess of Sussex
- The performance is being held to benefit the Duke of Sussex’s Invictus Games
Prince Harry received a standing ovation as he took to the stage ahead of a gala performance of Meat Loaf musical Bat Out of Hell on Thursday night.
The Duke of Sussex, 34, who is attending without wife Meghan, delivered a speech ahead of the special West End performance, held in aid of his Invictus Games Foundation.
Joining the cast and producer under the spotlights, Harry joked that he was desperate to jump on and ‘rev’ a prop motorbike he had spotted on stage.
While the Duchess of Sussex, 37, has previously accompanied him for a gala performance of Hamilton, which was in aid of Harry’s African children’s charity Sentebale, she is not attending this engagement.
Moment in the spotlight! Prince Harry received a standing ovation as he took to the stage ahead of a gala performance of Meat Loaf musical Bat Out of Hell on Thursday night
Harry’s heroes! The prince was in his element as he chatted with Invictus competitors and supporters in the bar before the show. Pictured, with athlete Nerys Pearce
Dapper in a suit jacket and chinos, Harry was in his element as he chatted with Invictus competitors and supporters in the bar of the Dominion Theatre, before making his way inside the auditorium.
He spoke to athletes including Lieutenant Richard Gray, a serving naval officer, who was a reserve for the recent Invictus Sydney Games.
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He and Harry spokenabout how he had met his girlfriend of two months, Louise Edwards, as a result of his training for the competition.
Richard, who has had a shoulder replacement and battled cancer, explained afterwards that he credited the games for helping him ‘get himself together’ and find love.
Need for speed! Joining the cast and producer under the spotlights, Harry joked that he was desperate to jump on and ‘rev’ a prop motorbike he had spotted on stage, pictured
Confident: Harry appeared perfectly at ease as he delivered the speech from the stage
Round of applause: Bat Out of Hell cast members clapped Prince Harry as he took the stage
Special cause: Harry spoke at the gala performance held in aid of the Invictus Games
Under the lights: The Duke looked up into the auditorium as he delivered his speech on stage
‘He was joking with me about being a cheap date taking her training,’ he said.
Asked if the prince and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, should be buying new hats with an eye on a wedding, Richard joked: ‘We would give them an invitation but I’m not sure we could cope with the security.’
He added: ‘Seriously, though, even though I was a reserve and didn’t go to Sydney, the training, the preparation and the camaraderie was everything. It really helped me get myself together and brought me through a difficult time.’
The Duke of Sussex, 34, spoke to audience members in the theatre bar before taking his seat for the gala performance of Meat Loaf musical Bat Out of Hell in London
Prince Harry shares a light-hearted moment with Invictus Games athlete Craig Winspear ahead of the gala performance of the hit West End musical
Jim Steinman’s West End show Bat Out of Hell brings to life the anthems of Meat Loaf, and follows the story of the young leader of a rebellious gang as he falls in love with the daughter of a tyrannical ruler.
Earlier this year, Bat Out Of Hell announced a wide-ranging global partnership with the Invictus Games Foundation, the governing body of the Invictus Games.
This involves private tours and family theatre workshops for wounded, injured or sick (WIS) serving or ex-service personnel interested in a career in the theatre.
Relaxed royal: Prince Harry appeared in his element as he met Nerys Pearce, centre, and other Invictus Games athletes and supporters ahead of the special gala performance
Camaraderie: Harry greets Spencer Bull, Team UK’s Invictus Vice-Captain in Sydney
A large number of tickets have also been made available to veterans and their families from military charity partners of the Invictus Games Foundation to attend on the night of the gala performance.
Kensington Palace announced last week that the Duke of Sussex would be attending the show alone.
However the Duchess of Sussex, who is expecting her first child with Harry next spring, has been keeping busy with her own solo engagements.
Yesterday Meghan made an unannounced visit to King’s College London where she spoke with academics about the value of higher education in tackling global issues.
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