Pregnant Meghan cradled her blooming baby bump as she left the Royal Variety Performance on Monday night.
Dazzling in black and white sequins, the Duchess, 37, beamed as she left the London Palladium following the glittering charity event.
The radiant royal, who is expecting her first child with Prince Harry next spring, donned a sparkling £895 top and flowing £850 black maxi skirt by London-based designer Safiyaa that skimmed over her bump.
The star-studded event saw the Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet performers including Take That and the cast of hit West End musical Hamilton before taking their seats to watch the acts from the royal box.
Meghan also shared a touching moment with seven-year-old Darcie-Rae Moyse, of Berkshire, who wore a tiara to meet the duchess at the entrance of the theatre.
Pregnant Meghan cradled her blooming baby bump as she and Harry left the Royal Variety Performance on Monday night
Dazzling in black and white sequins, the Duchess, 37, beamed as she left the London Palladium following the charity event
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sung the National Anthem as they took their seats in the box ahead of the evening’s show
The radiant royal beamed as she was greeted by seven-year-old Darcie-Rae Moyse, of Berkshire, who presented her with a beautiful posy of winter blooms
Once inside the Duchess met performers, including Take That’s Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen
Pregnant Meghan dons a striking floral ensemble by London-based designer Safiyaa for the Royal Variety Performance
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex showcased their glamorous black tie ensembles as they pulled up outside the theatre
The Duke of Sussex greets members of the cast from hit musical Hamilton, which he has seen twice with wife Meghan
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex looked engrossed as the performances got underway at the annual royal event on Monday
Afterwards they took their places in the Royal Box for the National Anthem which was played by the the state trumpeters of the the band of the Household Cavalry and the Invictus Games Choir.
As the couple made their way down the line-up, both seemed delighted to meet the cast of Hamilton again, a few months after seeing the show on stage for the second time.
The cast members congratulated Meghan on her pregnancy. ‘Thank you,’ the Duchess smiled.
Harry greeted Take That like old friends – and it turns out that they are.
Lead singer Gary Barlow told Meghan: ‘Ask your husband about playing the tambourine of one of our records!’
‘Jamaica wasn’t it?’ the prince interjected.
Barlow later explained that the prince had played percussion on Sing, his Commonwealth record commemorating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The Duchess of Sussex waved at waiting well-wishers as she made her way inside the venue in central London on Monday
The sequinned top skimmed over the duchess’ blooming baby bump as she arrived. Pictured right, with crowds outside
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were greeted outside the London Palladium before quickly making their way inside
The Duchess of Sussex was handed a small gift as she arrived for the Royal Variety Performance on a drizzly London evening
Harry and Meghan appeared in good spirits as they arrived at the London Palladium on Monday night
Prince Harry, representing his grandmother the Queen, escorted his wife the Duchess of Sussex inside the theatre
The royals were greeted on the street outside the central London venue before making their way inside to meet performers
In the Royal Box the couple smiled broadly as host Greg Davies welcomed them to their first royal variety performance as a couple – which generated a huge round of applause.
They also smiled broadly when he also said the entire audience would like to congratulate them on their ‘wonderful news’.
‘As I believe they say in Royal circle, one is thrilled that two will become three!’ He said.
The couple also laughed good-naturedly as they were the subject of Davies’ opening skit.
He recalled a series of hilarious remarks made by his mother, Pat, 78, a retired school bursar, about the royal family.
Delighted royal fan Darcie-Rae Moyse donned a tiara and beautiful pink dress for her meeting with the Duchess of Sussex
Meghan spent time speaking to Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen of Take That in the theatre foyer
The Duchess wore her hair swept back in her signature messy bun, letting two strands at the front fall loose
Dressed in a sumptuous red velvet jacket, Take That’s Mark Owen looked delighted to be meeting Prince Harry
The Duke greeted Take That like old friends as the singers prepared to belt out one of their hits for the royals
Prince Harry appeared particularly pleased to be greeting Jamael Westman and Rachel John from hit musical Hamilton
Prince Harry meets ITV CEO Carolyn McCall and Julian Bellamy, Managing Director of ITV Studios, ahead of the performance
Meghan laughed and gave a round of applause as he told the audience how his mother had said: ‘All of us single ladies were a bit disappointed when he (Harry) got taken. ‘
‘As if she had a chance!’ Davies said.
Despite there being a couple of mishaps during the evening the couple seemed to be having a wonderful time.
Simon Cowell, arrived on stage to introduce the winner of Britain’s Got Talent, Lost Voice Guy, couldn’t read his autocue and was forced to wing it.
Later Greg Davies came on and went to introduce Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the talented young cellist who performed at Harry and Meghan’s wedding.
He was half-way through his preamble, describing how the couple were the only people present who didn’t hear him play as they were signing the register, when he realised he was introducing completely the wrong person.
‘That was entirely the wrong link, ‘ he said laughing, before going off stage and returning to more applause, including from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
After the show the couple made their way onto stage to meet the 40 plus performers.
Meghan was enchanted as Peanut, a realistic puppet elephant from the act Circus 1903 bowed and offered her a posy of flowers. Harry even chivalrously kissed its trunk.
Performer Jessica Spalis, who accompanied the elephant, operated by Luke Chadwick-Jones, said the couple had been fascinated about how the elephant worked and even had a look behind his ears to check.
‘I’ve been watching this show since I was a child so this is a dream come true,’ she said.
The duke and duchess spoke to performers including singer George Ezra and and Britain’s Got Talent winner the Lost Voice Guy, aka Lee Ridley a disabled stand-up comedian who is unable to speak and uses a communication aid in his routine.
He told Harry: ‘Thanks very much, it was a pleasure.’
Lee later said: ‘It was amazing to meet them both. She just congratulated me on my in and said how much she enjoyed my performance, which made my day.’
Take That singer Howard Donald said it had been a ‘pleasure and a honour’ to perform for the couple.
‘We were really relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed it,’ he said.
‘It’s not your normal crowd and they were very appreciate.
‘They were a lovely couple and its wonderful they are having a baby. They said they were watching the hard-core fans put their hands in the air to Never Forget. Harry said even he remembered it. ‘
It was Harry’s second outing to the annual event, which is always attended by a member of the Royal Family, the first being in 2015.
As a former actress and performer herself, LA-born Meghan will no doubt take a keen interest in the proceedings – although it is unlikely she will ever have seen anything like tonight’s show before.
The Royal Variety Performance – a mixture of music, dance, singing and comedy – is held in aid of the Royal Variety Charity (RVC), of which The Queen is Patron.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took their seats in the Royal Box as they prepared to watch performances on stage
Meghan and Harry were seen preparing to belt out the National Anthem from the Royal Box. The normally tactile couple had their hands by their sides as they sang at the beginning of the annual entertainment show
The money raised from the show helps hundreds of entertainers throughout the UK, who are in need of assistance as a result of old age, ill-health, or hard times.
In particular the charity assists former members of the entertainment industry living in Brinsworth House, a residential home it runs in Twickenham. The Duchess’s posy included foliage from the Brinsworth House garden.
The evening is being hosted by comedian Greg Davies and will include performances from Take That, the cast of Hamilton, Clean Bandit, the cast of ‘Tina, The Tina Turner Musical’, and Andrea and Matteo Bocelli.
The origins of the Royal Variety Performance date back to 1912 when King George V and Queen Mary agreed to attend a ‘Royal Command Performance’ at the Palace Theatre in London, in aid of the Variety Artistes’ Benevolent Fund.
In July 1919, the second Royal show was performed and was the first to be billed a ‘Royal Variety Performance’.
Held at London’s Coliseum, the show was staged as a ‘celebration of peace’ and, as the official announcement expressed, ‘had been commanded by The King to show his appreciation of the generous manner in which artistes of the variety stage had helped the numerous funds connected with the War’.