Prince Harry Has A Special Connection To A ‘Hamilton’ Song, So Lin-Manuel Miranda Passed A Mic

"You say ..."

Audience members probably didn't expect Prince Harry to sing a song from Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton following a charity gala performance of the musical in London. But that's just what happened. 

After the performance of the show, the Duke of Sussex took to the stage to speak about the evening's efforts raising funds for Sentebale, a charity he co-founded in 2006 with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. 


Prince Harry started singing the opening line of the Hamilton song "You'll Be Back," which, in the show, is sung by King George III — a character based on Harry's great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, as Miranda pointed out during a speech prior to handing the British royal the microphone. 

"You say ...Prince Harry began, before stopping short of singing the lyric that goes, "You say / The price of my love's not a price that you're willing to pay / You cry / In your tea which you hurl in the sea when you see me go by." 

"That's definitely not going to happen," he said, laughing.

"He did try, but I said, 'no,' " Harry added, looking to Miranda, who's clearly as excited as the audience is at the prospect of Harry singing more of the song. 

"Ladies and gentlemen, thank you so much," Harry continued, thanking the show and those involved. "And as I already mentioned, a round of applause to yourselves for taking part in this evening's activities because you have, together, raised a huge amount of money to change the lives of thousands of children in Botswana and Lesotho." Harry added that their work aims to stop the "generational hand-down of the stigma around HIV." 

Kensington Palace and Sentebale have since shared footage from the evening on Twitter. In some of the photos, Prince Harry, as well as his wife, Meghan Markle — the Duchess of Sussex — pose with the cast and crew: 

"We help the most vulnerable children in Lesotho and Botswana get the support they need to lead healthy and productive lives. Sentebale works with local grassroots organisations to help these children — the victims of extreme poverty and the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Together, we're making a big difference to these children's lives," it says on Sentebale's website. 

This isn't the first time Prince Harry has worked to combat HIV/AIDS and the stigma surrounding the diseases. In 2016, he and singer Rihanna helped raise awareness by being publically tested for HIV on World AIDS Day.

(H/T: CNN | Vulture)

Cover image: Dan Charity / WPA Pool / Getty Images


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