LONDON — Does Prince Harry have the voice to be in the cast of “Hamilton?”
Theatergoers found out Wednesday night, when the Duke of Sussex — as he is officially known — showed up at the Victoria Palace Theater in London with his wife, the former Meghan Markle, in the company of Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creative force behind the hit musical.
This show was meant to raise money for Harry’s charity, Sentebale, specifically its work in Lesotho and Botswana for young people with H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS.
At one point, Harry got onstage to thank the cast and crew and briefly sang a line from the show.
“You say …,” he crooned — the opening words of “You’ll Be Back,” sung by King George III. .
His effort prompted disbelieving laughter from the audience and cast members. But the prince quickly stopped, saying with a smile, “That is definitely not going to happen.”
He said that Mr. Miranda had tried to get him to sing the whole song. “I said no,” the prince said.
“I don’t know how you guys do it,” he added. “And in this heat, as well.”
Harry’s brief performance was well received on social media, including from Michael Jibson, the actor who plays King George III:
Mr. Miranda pointed out later on Twitter that it’s not every day that a descendant of one of the characters appears onstage.