Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Pictured Together for First Time at UK Theater
Prince Harry and his American actress girlfriend Meghan Markle have been pictured together for the first time.
The couple, who have been seeing each other for several months, were snapped while on a romantic date in London, where they saw critically-acclaimed play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Gielgud Theatre.
From the images it seems Harry was doing most of the talking as they strolled along Shaftesbury Avenue, with the Prince gesturing with his hands and looking animated.
The glamorous Meghan, 35, was keeping her head down but appeared to be smiling as she enjoyed spending the evening with her man.
But it is understood she will not be accompanying Harry to Sandringham to spend Christmas with the Queen.
Meghan is believed to be spending the week with Harry at his Kensington Palace cottage before flying home this weekend.
The prince will join other senior royals for traditional celebrations at the Queen’s country estate in Norfolk.
It would be unprecedented if Miss Markle attended as the invite is usually reserved for close family.
The couple had kept a relatively low-profile since Miss Markle arrived in London on Monday, although they broke cover to pick out a Christmas tree together that same night.
Their theatre date followed on Wednesday when the couple drew double takes from Christmas shoppers as they walked down some of London’s busiest streets wearing matching beanie hats and winter coats.
It is understood they secured last-minute tickets for the 7.30pm performance of the Curious Incident, which is based on the best-selling novel by Mark Haddon.
It was initially thought the couple had watched comedy Peter Pan Goes Wrong but the team behind the Curious Incident confirmed Prince Harry was in the audience.
The official Twitter account for the Curious Incident posted: ‘We were delighted to welcome HRH Prince Harry to last night’s performance at The Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End.’
Meanwhile staff at the theatre had no idea the couple were at the performance.
Both matinee and evening performance staff coming and going by the stage door between shows said they were unaware of the Royal guest.
One usher said yesterday: ‘No one was aware of it. We were not told anything until we heard the news this morning. It was a bit of a surprise.
‘There were a lot of people here last night, and nobody knew they were here.’
Another theatre worker said: ‘It was news to me. But when the lights are down it’s hard to see the audiences in much detail.
‘Maybe they waited till then before taking their seats? It was all kept very hush hush.’
A member of staff at the Apollo Theatre next door added: ‘No one knew they were around last night.
‘I have had people calling me on my phone asking if I saw them, but I had no idea.’
The couple have previously seen the Lion King musical on the West End.
Miss Markle, 35, is currently enjoying a few months off from filming US legal drama Suits.
After just a week apart from her boyfriend, the actress hopped on a plane to London for a week of festive activities.
They last saw each other in Toronto, where Miss Markle is based, after Prince Harry made a 1,700-mile detour on his way home from an official tour of the Caribbean.
But while there is every sign the relationship is serious, royal experts have said it is still unlikely that the couple will be spending Christmas Day together.
Kate Middleton only made her first appearance at Sandringham in 2011, the year she married Prince William.
Royal expert Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine and author of the Queen’s speech, said a Royal Christmas would be ‘too stressful’ for Miss Markle.
Ms Seward told MailOnline: ‘At Sandringham it is only close family and occasionally very close friends.
‘It is not a moment to bring girlfriends. It would be too stressful. They all have their own in-jokes, their own little traditions.’
She added California-native Miss Markle might also struggle with cultural differences.
‘Americans are different. They have different ways of thinking and they are different.
‘So for somebody from a flat in LA to be with [the Royal Family] it would be like being in outer space.’
However she said it would be possible for Kate and William to invite her to join them at Anmer Hall, their home on the Sandringham estate.
‘Kate and William might invite her. It depends if they have got room. It is family first but there is no reason for them not to invite her.’
Ms Seward added it was likely the Queen would advise her grandson to ‘take it gently’ if asked about the romance.
‘It cannot go wrong because it reflects so badly on the institution of the monarchy.
‘Unfortunately, everything Harry does reflects on the monarchy. And that is just the way it is. Therefore everything Meghan does also slightly reflects on the monarchy.’
Ms Seward added: ‘The bottom line is Harry will protect her.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail