Watch: Duchess Meghan Finally Meets Queen Bey at 'Lion King' Premiere

Music royalty meets British royalty! Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and Beyoncé were the epitome of elegance on Sunday as they hugged and chatted briefly at the London premiere of “The Lion King” in which the singer voices Nala. See the video below.

Meghan Markle has graced several premiere red carpets in her time as an actress in the US, but on Sunday, July 14, the Duchess stepped out with her husband, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, for her first film premiere as a royal.

(Before British royalty) Meghan Markle at "A Suits Story" on June 12, 2012 in New York. |Photo: Getty Images

(Before British royalty) Meghan Markle at "A Suits Story" on June 12, 2012 in New York. |Photo: Getty Images


The outing was highly anticipated as well, as fans of Meghan, 37, and Beyoncé, also 37, had been waiting for photos and videos of both women to emerge.

The “Crazy In Love” singer and her husband, Jay-Z, reportedly broke royal protocol by arriving at the premiere after Meghan and Harry, but in a clip from their meeting posted to Instagram by O, The Oprah Magazine, both couples appeared cordial.

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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

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Meghan, in a black dress with sheer sleeves, hugged Queen Bey, who looked resplendent in a gold pleated gown with a thigh-high slit. The former “Suits” actress also briefly hugged Jay-Z before engaging Beyoncé in conversation.

According to the Daily Mail’s Rebecca English, Beyoncé congratulated Meghan on the recent birth of her son Archie, describing him as “so beautiful.”

“We love you guys,” Beyoncé reportedly added.

Prince Harry was also said to have asked about the music power couple’s kids while Jay-Z offered the British royals some advice:

“The best advice I can give you, always find time for yourself.”


According to PEOPLE, Meghan and Harry also met with other cast members of the live-action remake of the 1994 Disney classic and got to chat with representatives from organizations working in the spheres of conservation and the environment.

Meanwhile, Beyoncé and Jay-Z had previously shown their admiration for Meghan earlier this year in their 2019 Brit Awards acceptance speech.

Alongside the speech -- posted via Instagram -- was a clip of the couple posing before a regal portrait of Meghan wearing a crown and several pearl necklaces.

“In honor of Black History Month, we bow down to one of our Melanated Monas,” Beyoncé and Jay-Z wrote at the time. “Congrats on your pregnancy! We wish you so much joy.” Meghan welcomed her son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor, in May.


The Duchess's film premiere outing joins a growing list of appearances she's made since Master Archie was christened on July 6. Meghan was first spotted holding on to her son on Wednesday, July 10, as they watched Harry play Polo alongside his brother Prince William.

Then, on Saturday, Meghan joined her sister-in-law Kate Middleton to watch her close friend, Serena Williams, play in the Ladies' Singles Final at Wimbledon. 

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