Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have packed a lot into the six months since almost two billion people watched them wed on May 19 in Windsor – including a secret honeymoon, surprise pregnancy announcement and stylish royal tour.
Now, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will celebrate their half-year anniversary today with some private time before a glamorous night out at the Royal Variety Performance.
It is the first time Meghan, 37, will have attended the entertainment show, held annually at the London Palladium, while Harry, 34, first attended in 2015.
The pair – who announced last month that they are expecting their first child in Spring – will see performances from the likes of Take That, Clean Bandit and George Ezra, as well as Andrea and Matteo Bocelli and the cast of Tina, The Tina Turner Musical.
Before and after the show they’ll meet those taking to the stage – and it is then that we are likely to get a glimpse of the latest way Meghan has chosen to dress her baby bump.
However, the important milestone for the newlyweds is likely to come tinged with sadness after some devastating news broke over the weekend.
It was revealed yesterday that a teenager who Harry and Meghan met during their recent visit to New Zealand has passed away.
Eva McGauley, 19, met the couple at a reception hosted by the Prime Minister in Auckland to discuss her charity, Eva’s Wish, which she founded after being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 15.
A post on her Instagram page announced that she had lost her battle with metastatic nasopharygeal (neck) cancer on Sunday morning.
A statement read, “Eva left us yesterday morning. It was very fast and peaceful.”
Just three weeks ago the teen shared her delight at meeting Prince Harry and Meghan.
In a post on Instagram, she wrote, “I have had the most amazing morning! I am so honoured and thankful to have been invited to Government House to meet with Meghan and Harry this morning!!!”
“They are such kind, down-to-earth people who were really interested in the work Eva’s Wish does.”
She added, “It was one of the most memorable and wonderful moments of my life.”
The royal couple met Eva on one of the final engagements of their 16-day tour at the end of October, which also saw them visit Australia, Fiji and Tonga.
As their first major overseas tour since they wed, it is likely she will be very much in their thoughts tonight.
Words by Lauren Clark.