People had a lot to say after Oprah Winfrey’s prime-time interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry premiered Sunday night on CBS — and now Beyoncé is weighing in.
In the much-hyped interview, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex unleashed a barrage of new information about why they left their royal posts in favor of a (relatively) quieter life in the United States. The allegations made during the two-hour special included that Markle had asked the Palace for help because of suicidal thoughts and was turned away and that an unnamed member of the royal family had expressed concern to Harry about how dark the couple’s first-born child’s skin might be.
On Tuesday night (March 9), Beyoncé took to her website to extend support to Markle, who opened up during the interview about just how challenging her time in the royal spotlight was.
“Thank you Meghan for your courage and leadership,” Beyoncé wrote next to a photo of the pair meeting for the first time — alongside their famous husbands — at the London premiere of The Lion King in the summer of 2019. “We are all strengthened and inspired by you.”
Before Queen Bey even met Meghan, she gave her a subtle shout-out at the BRIT Awards in February of that same year. In an acceptance video for best international group, The Carters — Beyoncé and Jay-Z — stood in front of a custom painting of Markle and even turned around to look at the artwork after finishing their speech.