In honor of Hamilton's arrival on Disney+, we're resurfacing this story from 2018 about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's trip to see the show, and how the modern day royals are related to the show's King George III.
Original 8/29/2018: This evening, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will attend a charity performance of Hamilton, Lin Manuel Miranda's musical about the founding fathers of the United States. Tonight's gala benefits Sentebale, the organization Prince Harry co-founded with Prince Seeiso in 2006 to support young people affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana.
It marks the second time the Duke of Sussex has seen the play centered around the American revolution, so clearly he doesn't mind the jokes about his distant relative King George III.
Given the royal family's propensity to intermarry, America's final British King is actual Harry's ancestor many times over. King George III is both Harry's 6x great grandfather and his 5x great grandfather, among other relations. To break it down a bit, George was the grandfather of Queen Victoria, who is the great-great grandmother of Queen Elizabeth, who is, of course, the grandmother of Prince Harry. (Queen Victoria is also Philip's great-great grandmother, so Harry gets that connection through both his grandparents.)
George III is also the grandfather of Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, who was the mother of Queen Mary of Teck and Queen Elizabeth's great-grandmother.
Initially, Miranda was a bit concerned about bringing Hamilton to the U.K., given it's portrayal of a former monarch as a Brit pop-singing buffoon.
“Helen Mirren was one of the first people to see Hamilton,” Miranda told The Guardian in 2017.“She saw it very early and I said, ‘If we’re lucky enough to go to London, are they going to be bothered by King George?’ And she said, ‘Nahhh! We love it when you take the piss!’” (For those who don't know, "take the piss" is a rather colorful British idiom which means to make a joke.)
Cleary Prince Harry agrees.
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