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Night at the (Natural History) Museum! Beaming Meghan is radiant in a cream roll-neck Calvin Klein dress as she is seen for the first time since her father revealed contents of her ‘devastating letter’

  • The Duchess of Sussex, 37, looked elegant as she joined Prince Harry at the Natural History Museum 
  • Meghan wore a cream roll-neck Calvin Klein dress with a £895 Amanda Wakeley coat and olive suede pumps 
  • They are attending a gala performance of The Wider Earth, a play about Darwin’s expedition on HMS Beagle 

Stephanie Linning For Mailonline

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The Duchess of Sussex was the picture of elegance as she joined Prince Harry at the Natural History Museum on Tuesday night. 

Meghan, 37, who is expecting her first child in April, plumped for a cream roll-neck dress by Calvin Klein and a £895 coat by royal favourite Amanda Wakeley as she joined Harry, 34, to watch a play about Charles Darwin.  

It is the first time the duchess has been seen in public since her father, Thomas Markle Sr, revealed the contents of a letter written by Meghan last summer in which she accused him of breaking her heart ‘into a million pieces’ by giving interviews to the press, fabricating stories and publicly attacking her new husband.

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The letter was shared in response to allegations made five of Meghan’s friends in an explosive People magazine article last week. 

Today the saga continued when the Duchess’ close friend George Clooney spoke out in defence of the royal, saying she is being ‘pursued and vilified’, comparing her struggles to those of the late Princess of Wales. 

The Duchess of Sussex was the picture of elegance in a Calvin Klein dress as she joined Prince Harry at the Natural History Museum on Tuesday night. She paired the dress with a £895 coat by royal favourite Amanda Wakeley

The Duchess of Sussex was the picture of elegance in a Calvin Klein dress as she joined Prince Harry at the Natural History Museum on Tuesday night. She paired the dress with a £895 coat by royal favourite Amanda Wakeley

The Duchess of Sussex was the picture of elegance in a Calvin Klein dress as she joined Prince Harry at the Natural History Museum on Tuesday night. She paired the dress with a £895 coat by royal favourite Amanda Wakeley

Mother-to-be Meghan dressed her blooming baby bump in a cream dress as she arrived at the Natural History Museum

Mother-to-be Meghan dressed her blooming baby bump in a cream dress as she arrived at the Natural History Museum

The Duchess of Sussex on Tuesday

The Duchess of Sussex on Tuesday

Mother-to-be Meghan dressed her blooming baby bump in a cream dress as she arrived at the Natural History Museum

The elegant dress, a shortened version of a dress from Calvin Klein's resort collection, gently hugged Meghan's baby bump

The elegant dress, a shortened version of a dress from Calvin Klein's resort collection, gently hugged Meghan's baby bump

The mother-to-be cradling her stomach

The mother-to-be cradling her stomach

The elegant dress, a shortened version of a dress from Calvin Klein’s resort collection, gently hugged Meghan’s baby bump 

The performance is being held in support of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT) and the production’s official charitable partner, The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC). 

Harry and Meghan unveiled six dedications to the QCC during their previous tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga, and also welcomed commitment to the initiative by its latest member, Kiribati.

The Wider Earth is a story about 22-year-old Charles Darwin’s expedition around the world on HMS Beagle.

The Duchess of Sussex brought a splash of colour to her outfit with a pair of Manolo Blahnik heels for the occasion

The Duchess of Sussex brought a splash of colour to her outfit with a pair of Manolo Blahnik heels for the occasion

The Duchess of Sussex on Tuesday

The Duchess of Sussex on Tuesday

The Duchess of Sussex brought a splash of colour to her outfit with a pair of Manolo Blahnik heels for the occasion

Darwin’s expedition on HMS Beagle: The voyage of discovery that changed our view of the world 

The ship

HMS Beagle was a 90.3 ft-long Cherokee class 10-gun brigsloop of the Royal Navy, She was launched on 11 May 1820 at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £7,803.

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The vessel lay unused for five years before being reassigned as a research vessel and sailing on three expeditions, the second of which carried Darwin. She was scrapped in 1870.

The route

The Beagle set sail on its most famous expedition on the 27th of December 1831. She first sailed across the Atlantic Ocean then carried out hydrographic surveys around the coast of South America, before stopping at the Galapagos Islands on 15 September 1835. She returned via Tahiti and Australia, reaching England on 2 October 1836.

The theory

Darwin discovered that evolution occurs by natural selection, whereby species with characteristics best suited to their environment survive and pass on these attributes to their offspring.

While at the Galapagos, he found 13 varieties of finch on different islands, some that ate insects, others that ate seeds. He realised they were descendants of a single ancestor species that dispersed across the islands then adapted to the different foods available on each.

 

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