The world premiere of “The Lion King” in Los Angeles last week was a star-studded affair, but the London screening brought out two royal V.I.P.’s – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were on hand for the big night on Sunday, and they even met another world-famous couple for the first time – none other than Jay-Z and Beyoncé. Beyoncé voices Nala in the highly-anticipated adaptation.
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This evening, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended #TheLionKing European premiere in London at the Odeon Theatre. In celebration of the film’s release, The Walt Disney Company announced #ProtectThePride, a global conservation campaign to support efforts protecting the rapidly diminishing lion population across Africa. As a part of their commitment to this cause, Disney also made a donation to The Duke of Sussex’s upcoming environment & community initiative which will be formally announced this autumn. The Duke and Duchess are committed to advancing conservation efforts across Africa and around the world, and working with communities to ensure a sustainable future for the planet. This evening Their Royal Highnesses had the pleasure of meeting the cast and creative team behind the film, as well as supporters of @africanparksnetwork, of which The Duke is President. Photo credit: PA images / Getty images - Chris Jackson
Bey and Meghan hugged upon meeting at the event, and People reports that Beyoncé was heard telling Meghan, “The baby is so beautiful.” “The baby” is presumably Meghan and Harry’s 2-month-old son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, who just had his christening earlier this month. According to Page Six, Meghan wore a dress designed by Jason Wu to the premiere. Beyoncé’s gold gown was Cong Tri.
Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle meet Beyoncé & JAY-Z. 🦁👑💛 pic.twitter.com/SveJX9kDez— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) July 14, 2019
Beyoncé wasn’t the only “Lion King” cast member who had a memorable meeting with Meghan. Billy Eichner, who’s behind Timon in the movie, shares a special bond with the Duchess. They both attended Northwestern and got to chat about their former acting teachers! He wrote alongside a video on Twitter, “OMG Here I am completely freaking out to @Sethrogen about how I’m going to greet Prince Harry and Meghan I’M CRYING.”
BTW they were both super down to earth and lovely and Meghan and I talked about our @NorthwesternU acting teachers (shout out to Mary Poole and David Downs!) ❤️— billy eichner (@billyeichner) July 15, 2019
Bey and Jay have shown love for Meghan and Harry in the past — they wished the royal pair congratulations on their pregnancy while posing by a portrait of Meghan in honor of Black History Month!
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Thank you to the Brits for the award for Best International Group. I won this award back in 2002 with my besties, Kelly and Michelle. How lucky am I to have been in a group with my other best friend, the GOAT Hova. 🙌🏾 In honor of Black History Month, we bow down to one of our Melanated Monas. Congrats on your pregnancy! We wish you so much joy.