Duchess, Meet Queen? Beyoncé and Meghan Markle May Meet at The Lion King’s London Premiere

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They’re two of the world’s most famous women (with equally famous husbands), are both working moms, share a few famous friends and both even sport royal titles (albeit one slightly more official than the other). But have Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and Queen Bey ever met?


If so, that’s a photo op we’re sorry to have missed; to date, the closest we’ve seen is a February Instagram post of Beyoncé and Jay posing in front of a portrait of the Duchess (a gesture that reportedly found her equally starstruck, according to Cosmopolitan). But if rumors become reality, the two icons may be meeting sooner than later.

As reported by Hello! magazine, Markle, who has made occasional appearances while on maternity leave, may be joining Prince Harry for the U.K. premiere of The Lion King on July 14 in London. Bey, who voices “Nala” is also expected to attend, as is friend to the royals and Lion King soundtrack co-composer Elton John. As Marie Claire points out, the musical likely has special meaning to the new parents, who saw it together while dating—and we already know how much Meghan and Harry love them some Africa.

Of course, the first months of motherhood are unpredictable, so like the rumors that Meghan may appear at Wimbledon to support close friend Serena Williams (a mutual homegirl of Bey’s), we’ll just consider this wishful thinking for now. As Williams told BBC Breakfast on Monday, the first few months are as much about self-care as parenthood; in fact, she confessed to still feeling like “a mess” when it comes to balancing her careers and hands-on mothering to 22-month-old Alexis Olympia.

“I never pass on words of wisdom because I feel like, everyone, when they have a kid, especially when you just have a baby, it’s so difficult to just be,” she said. “It’s just like, get through the first three, four months and then we can talk.”

We’re sure both Beyoncé and Meghan would concur—and that each is acutely aware that no matter how famous, accomplished, or overbooked the mom, kids typically come first. We’ll stay tuned to see if the two moms feel the love the night of The Lion King premiere.

Maiysha Kai is managing editor of The Glow Up, host of The Root Presents: It's Lit! podcast and Big Beauty Tuesdays, and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door. May I borrow some sugar?



I love that you chose this picture of Beyonce. Is that still a vulgar gesture in the UK?