The Duchess of Sussex skipped the final day of Wimbledon to join Prince Harry at the UK premiere of The Lion King, which honours the conservation work he undertakes through The Royal Foundation. The couple walked hand in hand down the yellow paw-printed carpet to meet the cast and crew behind the film, before watching director Jon Favreau’s reimagined version of the Disney classic alongside them.
Meghan wore a classic black satin fit and flare dress with sheer neck and sleeves by Jason Wu, which she complemented with Gucci’s “Broadway” clutch bag, Aquazzura’s “Portrait Of Lady” pumps and Nikos Koulis’s diamond and black enamel earrings.
In line with The Lion King’s release date on July 19, Disney has launched a global campaign called Protect the Pride, which aims to safeguard the decreasing lion population. “Since The Lion King was first released in theatres 25 years ago, half of Africa’s lions have disappeared,” the palace said in a statement earlier this week. “Lions face rising threats, such as poaching, loss of prey and destruction of habitats. However, research shows the lion population can recover.”
The premiere will mark Meghan’s fourth public appearance in two weeks, having watched the Ladies’ Wimbledon final on July 13, cheered on her husband at a charity polo match on July 10, and sat Centre Court in SW19 to watch her friend Serena Williams play again on July 4.
When the palace announced the Duchess’s attendance earlier this week, the internet went into overdrive imagining Meghan and Beyoncé, who voices the character Nala, in the same space, after the “Formation” singer gave the royal a shout-out at the Brit Awards in February. Unable to make it to London’s O2 Arena to collect the statuette for Best International Group, Bey and Jay-Z sent the crowd apesh*t with a pre-recorded version of their music video in the Louvre. Instead of standing in front of the Mona Lisa, the couple stood beside a painting of Meghan. “In honour of Black History Month, we bow down to one of our Melanated Monas,” the couple said via Instagram.
The pop megastar and her husband arrived at the premiere shortly after the Duke and Duchess, with Beyoncé wearing a gold lamé Cong Tri gown that befit the colour scheme of the film’s promo campaign. As pictures of the foursome conversing emerging, the social-media frenzy ensued right on time. Could this be the new Fab Four?