Former actress Meghan Markle is no stranger to a Hollywood premiere, but on Sunday she joined her husband, Prince Harry, for her first appearance of the red carpet as a royal at the premiere of The Lion King in London.
The new royal parents left the baby Archie (who enjoyed his first public playing date on Wednesday with his cousins - Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis) to premiere the live-action revamp of the 1994 original Disney movie launch in the West End of London.
Meghan wore a black Jason Wu dress with see-through sleeves and accessorized with Aquazzura heels and a Gucci clutch.
The star-studded evening was held to support Harry’s ongoing conservation work and his service for communities in the vicinity of endangered animals in Africa. The big event ends an exciting weekend for Meghan Markle , 37 years old, who, together with sister-in-law Kate Middleton, 37, accompanied Serena Williams in the Ladies’ Singles Final at the Wimbledon tennis championships on Saturday.
The Lion King stars Beyoncé as the voice of Nala and Donald Glover as the voice of Simba. When the movie premiered in Hollywood on Tuesday, Beyonce released her look-alike daughter Blue Ivy, 7.
Beyoncé paid tribute to Meghan earlier this year by showing her in a video during the BRIT Awards. The singer then went to Instagram to congratulate Meghan on her pregnancy at that time. “In honor of Black History Month we are bowing to one of our Melanated Monas,” she wrote. “Congratulations on your pregnancy! We wish you so much joy.”
During the premiere, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex met part of the cast and crew before watching the movie. They also get the chance to chat with representatives from organizations that do groundbreaking work for nature conservation and the environment.
The big night comes just a few months for Harry and Meghan – and Archie! – departure for a tour of South Africa.
Harry is also set up for solo visits to the Angola, Malawi and Botswana countries during the tour, which will continue the couple’s conservation campaigns, as well as promoting other important interests, such as education for young women and education for girls.
The Lion King also benefits from Protect the Pride, a global nature conservation campaign that works with many conservation partners to raise awareness and support efforts to protect and restore the dwindling lion population in Africa.