The Duke and Duchess were on the red carpet in London tonight for the premiere of The Lion King.
The evening was a fundraiser supporting Prince Harry’s longtime conservation and service efforts in Africa. As part of the film’s rollout, Disney Studios is supporting Protect the Pride, a campaign focused on protecting and revitalizing the lion population.
The film is a remake of the animated 1994 Lion King version.
Apparently, Harry is quite a fan of the original movie. While the Duke and Duchess were attending the 2018 WellChild Awards in September, Daily Mail reporter Rebecca English, shared this on Twitter:
Randomly, Harry revealed @WellChild that he loves the Lion King, while Meghan has “always loved the Little Mermaid”.
Both said they liked Zootropolis and Moana- Harry said his favourite moment was ‘when the chicken [Heihei] comes up and he finds himself out at sea in a boat’.
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) September 4, 2018
There was a large crowd at the Leicester Odeon Theatre.
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Harry and Meghan did a quick walkabout and spoke with fans outside the theatre.
More from this Hollywood Reporter story:
It may have been a cinematic date night for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as they attended Sunday’s European premiere for Disney’s revamped The Lion King, but Beyoncé Knowles-Carter maintained top billing, arriving after the royal couple.
Knowles-Carter and Donald Glover’s “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” was aptly playing as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle held hands and walked the length of the lion-paw-printed golden carpet around London’s Leicester Square, enthusiastically chatting to waiting fans.
Meghan seemed to really be enjoying herself as she and Harry walked towards the theatre entrance.
Upon entering the theatre, the couple was greeted by Evie Chambers, 12, and Valentina Walker, 12, who gifted them a plush Simba toy for baby Archie. The girls are daughters of Disney Executives.
Additional The Lion King movie items can be found on the Shop Disney site.
Tonight’s premiere was a star-studded event. Below, Florence Kasumba, who voices the role of Shenzi; Seth Rogen, who voiced Pumbaa, the warthog; composer Elton John, who also sings one of the songs in the film; Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, who voices Nala, the female lion lead; Pharrell Williams, who contributed to the soundtrack; and lyricist Tim Rice.
Back to The Hollywood Reporter piece for insight on the 2019 Lion King cast, including a quote from Keegan-Michael Key, who voices Kamari.
The fact that this new Lion King has been cast appropriately was something Keegan-Michael Key was keen to champion: “It seems almost obvious that we are looking at a story that is universal but is also very African,” Key said in London, “and the majority of people that live on the continent of Africa have melanin in their skin and I think that should be represented. I know they are animals, but it helps us tell human stories through people who are often not given the opportunity to tell those stories.”
The talk of the town, some of the trending topics on social media in the past week have been — “OMG, Meghan is going to meet BEYONCE!” and “Will Meghan and Beyoncé arrive together?!” Everyone should brace themselves for Internet meltdown!
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A video of the Duchess and Beyoncé.
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) July 14, 2019
More from The Daily Mail’s coverage:
Inside the Odeon cinema, Meghan greeted Beyoncé warmly, the two women hugging each other like old friends.
Harry and Meghan, who watch the live-action remake of the classic 1990s film this evening, received parenting advice from Beyoncé and Jay-Z, with the couple telling the new parents to ‘always find time for themselves.’
‘The baby, so beautiful,’ cooed Beyoncé.
The Duke and Duchess shared additional photos and a message on their Sussex Royal Instagram account.
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This evening, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended #TheLionKing European premiere in London at the Odeon Theatre. In celebration of the film’s release, The Walt Disney Company announced #ProtectThePride, a global conservation campaign to support efforts protecting the rapidly diminishing lion population across Africa. As a part of their commitment to this cause, Disney also made a donation to The Duke of Sussex’s upcoming environment & community initiative which will be formally announced this autumn. The Duke and Duchess are committed to advancing conservation efforts across Africa and around the world, and working with communities to ensure a sustainable future for the planet. This evening Their Royal Highnesses had the pleasure of meeting the cast and creative team behind the film, as well as supporters of @africanparksnetwork, of which The Duke is President. Photo credit: PA images / Getty images – Chris Jackson
Now we’ll look at what Meghan wore for this evening’s event.
The Duchess’ dress is The Jason Wu Collection Mesh Panel Fit and Flare Dress in black($2450).
The midi-length dress is 100% acetate and features a round neck, sheer sleeves and upper bodice, a fitted waist, mesh panels and an invisible back zipper.
The back of the dress on Meghan.
Our thanks to Lexy on Twitter for the dress ID.
Meghan carried her Gucci ‘Broadway’ clutch in black with a butterfly clasp, $2390.
Her shoes are by Aquazzura, The Portrait of a Lady style in black ($950).
The shoe is done in a soft grosgrain fabric in black with a pointed toe; it is decorated with crystals at the ankle strap.
Meghan also has the style in the Admiral Blue color; she wore the pair to the 100 Days of Peace Concert back in September of 2018.
UPDATE 15 July: Meghan had on what we were thinking was an entirely new pair of earrings this evening. They are by Nikos Koulis and are from the jeweler’s Oui Diamond Collection. They are the white gold earrings with emerald cut white diamonds and black enamel.
After some research we’ve found the earrings from several stockists with diamonds in varying sizes and prices. As we’re not sure the exact size of Meghan’s earrings we feel it’s only fair that we do not list a price.
A version of these earrings is currently available from Neiman Marcus (shown below, far right), however the black enamel casing appears wider along the edges and more angular on the corners. We are thinking this is another size of the earrings.
Thanks to Michelle of @PerthsFashion for pointing this out.
It is thought that the earrings are interchangeable. Twitter follower Anne Young did some research and found pieces by Nikos Koulis that are detachable. If this is the case, it’s possible that the emerald cut diamond earrings the Duchess wore for Trooping the Colour back in June are the same earrings, without the outer black enamel casing.
For those interested, Beyonce’s dress this evening is by Vietnamese designer Nguyen Cong Tri.
- Learn more about Disney’s The Lion King “Protect the Pride” Campaign” here.
- The Express story is here; The Daily Mail’s story about the premiere is here and its coverage of Beyoncé’s ensemble is here; The Telegraph’s article is here; The Hollywood Reporter’s piece is here
- Us Magazine shares from the event here; a PopSugar gallery is here;