If you ever doubted just how much Beyoncé respects and admires Meghan Markle, her heartfelt tribute letter to the Duchess of Sussex should set the record straight.
According to the Daily Mail, Wednesday, Queen Bey posted an open letter to the Duchess of Sussex on her blog, and went so far as to thank the royal for “pushing the race relations dialogue forward” during her wedding to Prince Harry, which saw 29 million people in the U.S. and 13 million people in the UK celebrating both the nuptials and Black culture.
The public outpouring of love for Markle first started off Wednesday evening when both Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z gave a nod to the Duchess during their BRIT award acceptance speech.
After receiving the award Best International Group at the 2019 Brit Awards, the superstar couple shared their pre-taped acceptance speech on Instagram since they were unable to attend the ceremony at the O2 in London.
“Thank you so much to the Brit awards for this incredible honor,” Beyoncé says to the camera. “You guys have always been so supportive. Everything is love. Thank you.”
But viewers were barely listening to her words because of the glorious framed picture of Markle in a crown hanging behind them. The artwork was created by Brooklyn-based illustrator and portrait painter Tim O’Brien. And the way the twosome is standing in front of it mimics a similar – and infamous – photo the Carters took in front of the Mona Lisa years ago, then recreated again in their video for Apesh*t.
Further solidifying the art reference is the caption of the accompanying post which states, “In honor of Black History Month, we bow down to one of our Melanated Monas. Congrats on your pregnancy! We wish you so much joy.”
Wow at Beyonce and Jay-Z not only making an acceptance video, but doing so in front of a portrait of Meghan Markle. Very classy, pointed support of a black woman being treated repulsively by the UK tabloids #BRITs
— Laura Snapes (@laurasnapes) February 20, 2019
Fans applauded the unexpected shout out, especially during a time where a very pregnant Markle is being hounded by the British press. But Beyoncé wasn’t quite done gushing over the mother-to-be, because she then posted the open letter.
“Meghan brought many Black traditions to her Royal Wedding including a Chicago-based Black pastor, an amazing gospel choir, and a young Black cellist,” the post reads. “At the wedding her culture was front and center, and she and Prince Harry have continued to push the race relations dialogue forward both near and far.”
You can check out the full message below.
Beyoncé put Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on her site. 😭 pic.twitter.com/yqi6mFMPgw
— S. (@Perditamente) February 20, 2019
— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@Bey_Legion) February 20, 2019
Tim O’Brien painted this portraits of Queen Meghan and Queen Beyoncé pic.twitter.com/LH1xktup2C
— ⭐️Just Juliette⭐️🇫🇷 (@RoyalDetective8) February 20, 2019
Beyoncé and JAY-Z just accepted their #BRITS2019 award in front of a painting of Meghan Markle
— Complex Music (@ComplexMusic) February 20, 2019