stylist: When Meghan Markle embraced Beyonce Knowles-Carter at The Lion King premier in London on Sunday night (14 July), the internet went wild for the Duchess meeting the Queen.
With both women continuing to represent and inspire women of colour around the world – Beyonce was the first black woman to headline Coachella and Meghan is an ambassador for various charities that support women – most people couldn’t contain their excitement over the royal moment.
But, as we know by now, Meghan can’t attend an engagement without meeting some criticism. And, because the idea of two powerful women meeting is just too much for some, Beyonce didn’t fully escape negative headlines either. According to some tabloids, Beyonce tried to “upstage” Meghan.
“Beyonce upstages Meghan Markle as body language confirms who’s the real queen bee,” wrote one British tabloid. “Meghan Markle ‘upstaged’ by Beyonce as singer ‘breaks protocol’ to greet Duchess of Sussex,” read another. “When Beyonce and her hubby did arrive, they ‘completely upstaged’ the royals,” reported an American entertainment website.
Apparently, Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z asserted their power by arriving at the premiere after Meghan and Prince Harry arrived. Then, when they did meet, Beyonce “broke royal protocol” by hugging Meghan to “manoeuvre herself in a more dominant position”.
Funnily enough, there’s zero reporting on the body language between Prince Harry and Jay-Z, who are also pretty famous – and royal – in their own right.
We only need to look to the reaction on Twitter to understand the truth of the pair meeting each other for the first time.
— TV Fanatic (@Khaleesi_Hodan) July 14, 2019
I’m incredibly touched by how genuinely emotional Beyoncé looked while meeting Meghan. It felt like she was very compassionate & protective of Meghan, she was extremely happy to meet her and she told her “we love you guys” like 2 times. It was beyond what I’ve ever dreamt of. 😭 pic.twitter.com/OJaz7rhSz6
— S. (@Perditamente) July 14, 2019
MEGHAN MARKLE AND BEYONCE MEETING??? OH MY GOD THE FREAKING POWER THIS HAS pic.twitter.com/jkJLHSjMyj
— domi (@melissafumeros) July 14, 2019
According to royal correspondent Rebecca English, they chatted about… parenting! “The baby, so beautiful, we love you guys,” Beyoncé was heard saying, before Meghan asked about her twins. This doesn’t exactly sound like the conversation between two people trying to “dominate” the situation.
The significance of Meghan and Harry’s appearance was later revealed, as their Instagram channel announced that Disney has made a donation to their upcoming environment and community initiative in Africa.
“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,” it read.
The idea of anyone trying to “upstage” each other at such a positive and empowering event would be laughable if it wasn’t so infuriatingly targeted at just the female guests.
Source: Published by stylist