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Night at the Natural History Museum! Meghan is radiant in a cream Calvin Klein dress as she joins Prince Harry for a gala performance in London

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Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are greeted as they arrive for a charity event at the natural History museum in London, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) © ASSOCIATED PRESS Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are greeted as they arrive for a charity event at the natural History museum in London, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) 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 custom 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.

Meghan Markle posing for a picture: Meghan, 37, who is expecting her first child in April, plumped for a custom 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 at the Natural History Museum on Tuesday  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Meghan, 37, who is expecting her first child in April, plumped for a custom 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 at the Natural History Museum on Tuesday  The letter was shared in response to allegations made by five members of Meghan's inner circle 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'.  

a screen shot of Meghan Markle in a suit and tie: The Duchess of Sussex looked radiant as she and Harry arrived at the event in the back of a chauffeur driven car, pictured © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Duchess of Sussex looked radiant as she and Harry arrived at the event in the back of a chauffeur driven car, pictured However any concerns appeared far from Meghan's mind as she arrived at the event and she smiled broadly as she arrived at the venue - just a stone's throw from Kensington Palace - before making her way inside. 

a man standing next to a woman: The Duchess of Sussex today © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Duchess of Sussex today

a person standing posing for the camera: Mother-to-be Meghan dressed her blooming baby bump in a cream dress as she arrived at the Natural History Museum © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mother-to-be Meghan dressed her blooming baby bump in a cream dress as she arrived at the Natural History Museum

a man standing next to a woman: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were greeted by officials as they arrived at the Natural History Museum on Tuesday night.  Meghan received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from 12-year-old girl Sage, pictured right, and appeared delighted © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were greeted by officials as they arrived at the Natural History Museum on Tuesday night.  Meghan received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from 12-year-old girl Sage, pictured right, and appeared delighted

Meghan received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from 12-year-old girl Sage before she made her way inside. 

a person posing for the camera: The elegant dress, a shortened version of a dress from Calvin Klein's resort collection, gently hugged Meghan's baby bump © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The elegant dress, a shortened version of a dress from Calvin Klein's resort collection, gently hugged Meghan's baby bump The couple are on hand to watch behind The Wider Earth, a critically acclaimed theatrical production about the young Charles Darwin’s expedition on HMS Beagle.

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). 

a person in a white shirt: The mother-to-be cradling her stomach © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The mother-to-be cradling her stomach It comes a day after Clooney's dramatic intervention, in which he compared Meghan's struggles to those of the late Princess of Wales. 

Speaking at an event in Los Angeles this week, Clooney, 57, claimed that history was repeating itself in the case of Meghan and Diana, warning: 'we've seen how that ends'. 

a woman wearing a dress: The Duchess of Sussex on Tuesday © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Duchess of Sussex on Tuesday

After laughing off a report suggesting he would be chosen as godfather to Harry and Meghan's baby, Clooney said: 'They're just chasing Meghan Markle everywhere, she's been pursued and vilified.

a person standing posing for the camera: The Duchess of Sussex brought a splash of colour to her outfit with a pair of Manolo Blahnik heels for the occasion © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Duchess of Sussex brought a splash of colour to her outfit with a pair of Manolo Blahnik heels for the occasion 'She's a woman who is seven months pregnant and she is being pursued and vilified and chased in the same way that Diana was, and it's history repeating itself.

'And we've seen how that ends. I can't tell you how frustrating it is to see that.'

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.

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

HMS 'Beagle' laid ashore, Rio Santa Cruz, Patagonia, South America, 1834 (1839). The 'Beagle', commanded by Robert Fitzroy, set sail on a 5-year voyage around the world in December 1831, with the naturalist Charles Darwin (1809-1882) aboard. It was during this voyage that Darwin made observations that helped form his theory of evolution. From Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle by Robert Fitzroy. (London, 1839). (Colorised black and white print). Artist Unknown.. (Photo by The Print Collector/Getty Images) © The Print Collector HMS 'Beagle' laid ashore, Rio Santa Cruz, Patagonia, South America, 1834 (1839). The 'Beagle', commanded by Robert Fitzroy, set sail on a 5-year voyage around the world in December 1831, with the naturalist Charles Darwin (1809-1882) aboard. It was during this voyage that Darwin made observations that helped form his theory of evolution. From Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle by Robert Fitzroy. (London, 1839). (Colorised black and white print). Artist Unknown.. (Photo by The Print Collector/Getty Images)

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.

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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