It’s a moment that everyone has been waiting for: when the Queen Bey meets the Duchess. Both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were on hand for the red carpet premiere of Disney’s latest live-action film, The Lion King, in London over the weekend. That’s where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex met a different kind of royalty from the music world: Beyonce and Jay-Z.
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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
According to Hello Magazine, the former Hollywood actress and her royal husband got to meet Bey and Jay and thankfully, it was a moment that was captured on camera for the entire world to see. While no one knows exactly what was said between Meghan and Beyonce, many eagle-eyed fans did manage to read Beyonce’s lips when she told Meghan that her baby boy Archie Harrison – who was just born back in May – was a beautiful little tot. The Duchess also exchanged a few words with Jay-Z, followed by Prince Harry, who also looked delighted to see them in person.
After the event, Beyonce, who is also a mom to three children, Blue Ivy, 7, and two-year-old twins Sir and Rumi, could be heard telling partygoers that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are a sweet couple. But that’s not the only nice encounter that the Sussexes got to experience while celebrating the debut of the newest Disney box offering. Apparently, there were plenty of fans who had gifts for little Archie in their hands. The Duchess was presented with not only a beautiful bouquet, but also a Lion King book and a Simba toy for Archie from two young girls. Meghan asked them who their favorite characters from the movie were and they replied Simba and Nala.
Unfortunately, little Archie Harrison was left back at home in the trusted care of his royal nannies while his parents enjoyed their much-needed night out with the stars of the movie. And even though the Duchess of Sussex is currently on her maternity leave, she has managed to make quite a few public appearances in the last week. In addition to The Lion King red carpet premiere, she also attended a polo match with Archie and the women’s final at Wimbledon with her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton.