Duchess Meghan will likely attend the big London premiere of ‘The Lion King’

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees match in London

The Duchess of Sussex made an appearance in London at the big MLB game between the Red Sox and the Yankees this weekend. Prince Harry was scheduled to appear – as the game benefited the Invictus Games – and it was a lovely surprise when Meghan joined him. It was huge news in Britain too – most of the British Sunday papers put photos of Meghan and Harry on their front pages. So obviously, people want to know when they’ll see Meghan again. I’m hoping that she turns up to at least one of Serena Williams’ early-round matches at Wimbledon (today is Day 1). And after that… well, Meghan will probably attend the big London premiere of The Lion King?!?!

The Duchess of Sussex could be taking a glamorous break from her maternity leave this month to join her husband at the glittering premiere of The Lion King in London. Last week Buckingham Palace confirmed that Harry will walk the red carpet along with stars including Beyoncé, Sir Elton John, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Pharrell Williams, who has produced five songs for the soundtrack of the remake of the classic Disney movie.

HELLO! has learnt that Meghan is keen to be at her husband’s side at what promises to be one of the most star-studded events of the year when it takes place in London’s Leicester Square on 14 July. However, a final decision on Meghan’s appearance will be taken closer to the date of the premiere, with much depending on how she is feeling, given she is still on maternity leave and therefore making plans day-to-day with baby Archie, her number one priority. The premiere will support the conservation work carried out by Prince Harry through his work with The Royal Foundation – an organisation he set up with his elder brother Prince William in 2009.

The special outing for the new parents has great significance as they enjoyed a date at the West End stage production of The Lion King in December 2016, early in their relationship.

[From Hello]

Lord, I hope this happens. I hope she goes to the premiere and looks glamorous and lovely and I hope she and Beyonce take selfies with each other because if all of that happens, the British papers will have an absolute meltdown. They seriously won’t know what to do. Meghan AND Beyonce. The Duchess and the Queen B? Please, if that happens, that’s a whole SUMMER of royal gossip.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle watch the Red Sox vs Yankees game

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  1. Loretta says:

    OMG now I need a Beyonce-Meghan selfie

  2. Melissa says:

    This will be epic if it happens. I can’t wait!

  3. MrsBanjo says:

    A Beyoncé-Meghan selfie needs to happen. The RRs wouldn’t know what to do with themselves.

  4. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Meghan AND Beyoncé?!?! YAS

  5. Lisa says:

    Hopefully it happens.

  6. ByTheSea says:

    I just love that Meghan is like “I’m on maternity leave, but will attend things I want to attend, which doesn’t include hosting Trump and his ilk.” LOL. People have been melting down over her random appearances and I’m here for it.

  7. Mignionette says:

    Melanated Mona’s !!!

  8. Maddie23 says:

    Of course she will. She’s just like Kate now in that she only turns up for the fun stuff

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      You big mad or little mad?

    • Maria says:

      She is still on mat leave, she can certainly attend baseball games or shows.

    • Sof says:

      I actually was about to say that I’m happy she is doing fun stuff. Postpartum + homesickness + being attacked for everything must be a terrible combination.
      And even if she wasn’t on maternity leave, what is wrong with attending to these events? For Harry they are considered work events but for her they aren’t?

  9. Princess Caroline says:

    Omg, I wasn’t even thinking of the Beyonce implications!!! Yaaaaaaas!!!

    I can’t wait to see this movie!! I remember seeing the original as a kid at the drive-in. The Lion King and Speed. What a double feature!

  10. 10KTurtle says:

    I’m a fan of the Sussexes as much as anybody, but they are handing bad headlines to the press on a silver platter at this point. If you skip state dinners and WW2 memorials (which most people perceive to be boring) and show up at sporting events and movie premiers (which most people perceive to be fun), OF COURSE you are going to be criticized! The fun and the not-as-fun are both part of the royal job. Maternity/paternity leave is a valid absence, but not when you’re reeeeeeally making it look like you only apply it selectively. ["But the Cambridges did it too!" Yeah, I know- it's a bad look for anybody.] Is a lot of the press coverage unfair/biased? I think it is, but I also think they are making things harder on themselves than it has to be in some areas.

    • Margareth says:

      Oh, please! She had her baby only 2 months ago. The state dinner and WW2 memorial were when Archie was only 2 weeks old.

      • 10KTurtle says:

        That information is not correct. I’m not saying I agree with the bad press- I’m saying they know it is easy for the press to make this look bad and they do it anyway. I will also say that I’m on Team “they’re a world-famous royal prince & princess and of course they wear expensive clothes and jewels and work 100 days a year.” I’m just here for the glamorous pics- I hope Celebitchy uses the inevitable Beyonce/Meghan photo as her headline photo for the rest of time!

      • Olenna says:

        @10K, unless you were there when The Queen decided who would attend a state dinner or represent her at a memorial event, then stop with the victim blaming. Meghan hit the ground running after her marriage. She completed a success foreign tour, made numerous charity visits (home and abroad), helped get a wonderful cookbook published. But, the tabloid press has done nothing but disparage her character and minimize her work efforts. Nothing she does will change the racism and bigotry thrown at her by the RRs.

      • Royalwatcher says:

        @Olenna – well said!!!

    • Original Jenns says:

      The press blamed her for draught and famine because she served avaocado toast to a friend. So blaming them for their own bad press is ridiculous.

    • Mumbles says:

      To a baseball fan, that Yankees/Red Sox game was NOT fun. Lol.

      Perhaps this Lion King event is the beginning of a slow roll reintroduction of MM to public events, including the less glamorous things.

    • Melissa says:

      I understand what you are saying, but I don’t believe Harry and Meghan are responsible for the unprofessional behavior of reporters. Those reporters attack Harry and Meghan because they won’t give the press more access. It has nothing to do with which events they attend. They are trying to bully and blackmail the Sussexes into talking to the media.

    • Blue Orange says:

      While I don’t think Meghan & Harry deserve all the bad press they get, they do deserve some of it and showing up for the easy and glamourous stuff/hanging out with celebs is just a perfect example of that. We’ve already established that they Royals just make up their own job rolls and work when it suits them but this is just waving that in the face of the press. However I love the gossip they create.

      • Maria says:

        This!

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @Blue Orange, I agree with you 100%.

      • 10KTurtle says:

        Thank you, this is the point I was trying to make. If you already know the press is going to attack you for BS like avocado toast, don’t keep feeding them “legitimate” complaints.

      • Nic919 says:

        Kate managed to show up to Wimbledon every year, mat leave or not and the press didn’t say anything about it. The only reason that they would say something about it now would be because Meghan gets criticized for everything. The “private christening “ is her fault even though all other royal christenings have been private since time immemorial. Meghan can’t live her life worried about what the press will say, because they will always criticize her no matter what.

        Besides she is going on a tour in the fall, with a young baby, which is not something Kate and William did till George was much older. But Meghan won’t get credit for that.

      • MsIam says:

        I thought the article said the Lion King premier was in support of one of PH and PW Royal Foundation charities. So that is not legitimate anymore? Or because celebrities, which are in the movie by the way, are going to be there, somehow Meghan shouldn’t attend because …. reasons? Listen, Meghan has been bashed by the press for virtually every thing she has participated in. There has always been something and if there is nothing then the press will make something up. So if she wants to attend a baseball game, premier or whatever in support of charities, then good for her.

      • Hope says:

        Maybe they’re just following the precedent set by William and Kate. #soregal

        Anyway, what happened to people being so protective of maternity and paternity leave?

        Meghan and Harry are clearly serious about their work. They have nothing to prove to the royal reporters.

        Better to let the RRs stay petty so they can continue writing foolish stories.

      • Gingerbee says:

        @Hope, bingo. Yet, these are the same people who are also sprouting that M&H are “irrelevant”.

      • bonobochick says:

        When was the last celebrity-laden event that the Sussexes attended?

      • HayaR says:

        But nic919 – you criticised Kate endlessly last year because she went to Wimbledon! You kept on saying Kate looks absolutely fine & she should be doing engagements during her maternity leave. You went on and on acting like maternity leave is supposed to be jail for mums! You basically criticised Kate for turning up to Wimbledon & having a good time. Mothers need breaks during maternity leave. Just because mums leave their kids home for a few hours or so, doesn’t mean they should be going back to work immediately.

      • kerwood says:

        Isn’t that what the ‘not put a foot wrong’ Cambridges do? And what’s wrong with a MINOR royal couple like Harry (853rd in line for the Crown and counting) and Meghan showing up for the fun stuff. Let the REAL royals do the heavy lifting.

    • Fanny says:

      +1 10KTurtle. “They make their own lives more difficult” applies to the Sussexes in so many different ways. Retaliating against the press may feel justified, but they will never win that battle. Part of being royal means working cooperatively with the press, even though a lot of them are scumbags. The cycle of constant negativity and drama that the Sussexes are stuck in is only hurting themselves.

      I think step #1 is getting their press office in shape and stop leaving the press hanging all the time with not enough information. Be really clear and forthcoming about what’s going on and the press has a much harder time distorting it.

      • blue36 says:

        The only ones creating the drama is the press themselves, they want cooperation? How about they stop with the negative articles? These are the same people who gave her estranged father a platform to emotionally bully her and they want access – please! What they are doing is trying to bully them into submission and that method never works. Diana let the press in and gave them access – look what happened there. The press has never played nice when it comes to Meghan and unless the press takes a good hard look at their own behaviour and correct it – maybe they will give out more information. Also, keep in mind that this is the same press from which one photographer or reporter said that it would be a better or bigger story if Meghan fell (during the Oceania tour while she was pregnant!) – that’s how low these people are.

      • bonobochick says:

        @Fanny So the Sussexes should reward bad behavior from the press, you mean?

      • himmiefan says:

        The press does not exist for the royals to appease.

    • bonobochick says:

      The reporters will always find a negative story because they cater to [salacious] gossip and are about getting people mad for clickbait. Look how we didn’t see DoS for almost 2 months and they still wrote multiple stories daily about DoS, most of is pure fabrication and bad fanfic.

      She’ll never please the Royal Reporters – except maybe Omid – because their goal is to exploit whatever they can about her for money. So she might as well keep doing her thing with her husband and newborn & ignore the vultures.

  11. TeddyPicker says:

    The Beyonce-Meghan selfie is already an iconic image of the 21st century and it doesn’t even exist yet.

    • Kim says:

      It’s iconic really?
      Two celebrities posing for a photo…

      • Marta says:

        That’s a fairly horrifying idea of what makes an “iconic image”.

      • Hope says:

        When I think “horrifying,” I definitely think of two influential WoC posing together for a picture. Nailed it.

      • Maria says:

        “Horrifying?” Please.

      • Some chick says:

        Woof! Woof! Dogwhistle!

      • Marta says:

        Keep trying, guys. Keep it up. Accuse a WoC of “dogwhistling”. Standard on here, really.

        And it’s bloody sad that these “influential WoC” you mention have spent decades trying to look white. An icon is someone like Serena, an infuential WoC who hasn’t whitewashed herself.

      • Olenna says:

        Marta, your serve was completely out of bounds with the “whitewashed” comment, and I think you’re smart enough to know why without someone breaking it down for you.

  12. Sassy says:

    The British press are going to be mad at her no matter what she does and who passes up a chance to meet Beyonce?

  13. Amelie says:

    While I would love to see Meghan hanging out with Beyonce as much as anyone, I do wonder if she should be a bit more cautious. The press will criticize her anyways but it’s just another easy way to label Meghan as being “social-climbing” and “too Hollywood” and just wanting to hang out with celebrities. She’s on maternity leave right now and of course she can attend the events she feels like attending right now, it’s perfectly valid. But I know a picture of Meghan and Beyonce together will make the British tabloids explode and the whole “she’s not really on maternity leave, she just wants to hang out with Beyonce” narrative will become the headline we see.

    • Lady D says:

      It’s like they think maternity leave is equal to prison until leave is over. Not allowed out of the house, period.

  14. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    What’s wrong with rubbing elbows with celebrities if it supports one of the prince’s charities? It’s like people who criticized their partnership with Oprah — do the critics really think NOT partnering with Oprah would bring more attention to the issue of mental health? And here, NOT hosting a Lion King premiere will somehow bring more attention and benefit to Harry’s conservation work? I mean, seriously? Do people really think bringing attention and $ to one of Harry’s charities is a bad thing? Or is the *real* problem that Harry and Meghan do it too well (jealousy; makes another royal look incompetent; etc.)?

    • Melissa says:

      Haters have an issue with Harry and Meghan working with celebrities. They have no problem with William working with footballers and doing videos with Lady Gaga. No one said anything about Prince Charles meeting with the James Bond cast or the dinner he hosted months ago attended by George and Amal Clooney and Benedict Cumberbatch. Cambridge fans celebrated when the couple met Beyonce and other celebs when they visited the US.

      The critics don’t enjoy seeing the Sussexes shine and enjoy the same privileges as other royal family members.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        +1

        It’s all fake concern from the trolls. Telling the Sussexes to be careful and they should know better or other such chiding language. Blaming the victim for the abusers’ behavior. Shame.

    • Royalwatcher says:

      Mrs.Krabapple, Melissa, and RoyalBlue – yes x a million to everything you all said!!

  15. Sunnee says:

    Every Sussex post, without fail @Maria @BlueOrange and @BayTampaBay do the concern troll dance. SMH

  16. bluemoonhorse says:

    I’ve been following this site for years and have never posted but I’m going to weigh in now as a former member of the press. Here’s the reality if Megan and Harry DON’T fight back – take the “high road” – they will be run over. That is what happened back in 2016 with HRC. The days are over when you don’t respond because social media can spread this stuff like a plains wildfire in August.

    If I was advising them (haha), my recommendation? Work your @$$ off. If you are working and doing events no matter what the media says it won’t matter. People will value the hard work you are doing. So that is the only REAL way to win. Work – work – work.

    JMO but I think they are doing a pretty good job except for the expensive, butt-ugly clothes Megan wore when pregnant and by not buying a lot of British designers or jewelry. That seems like a PR 101 failure to me.

    • Olenna says:

      Thanks for the insight (professional input is always appreciated), and I agree that their work ethic is key to staying above the fray.

  17. Lainey F. says:

    My goodness, the concern trolls are working overtime. “Oh, if only she wouldn’t feed the press by, um, what was I saying? Gotta go talk to my 15 cats now.” Or something like that.

    In any case, I love the Sussex sightings. Keep on glowing and let the keen hags stay deliciously mad.

    • HayaR says:

      Keen hags doesn’t mean what you think it means lmao jus saying…. there are plenty of kh in here and they aren’t the Kate fans..

  18. jinvincible says:

    cool but… how will a beyonce-meghan photo be iconic though? what makes it iconic?

  19. BeanieBean says:

    Wow, that all took a weird ugly turn.

  20. Katebush says:

    Na not iconic really

  21. kerwood says:

    I’m not a Beyonce fan in the slightest, but she’s one of the stars of this film and a picture of her and the Duchess of Sussex would be MAJOR. Far more major than Beyonce and Kate, with Kate sucking all the charisma out of the room.

    And when all the haters suffer aneurysms, the internet will be once again safe for decent people.

    • Royalwatcher says:

      @kerwood – “And when all the haters suffer aneurysms, the internet will be once again safe for decent people.” Lolol! We can only hope.