The Duchess of Sussex has been on maternity leave since giving birth in May, attending only very important royal events, such as Trooping the Color, but now she might join her husband Prince Harry at the premiere of The Lion King in London.
It was confirmed last week that Prince Harry will be attending the event alongside stars such as Beyonce, Sir Elton John, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Pharrell Williams, who actually has produced five songs that will be featured on the soundtrack of the remake of the classic Disney movie.
We have learnt from reliable sources that Meghan is excited to be at her husband’s side for what might be one of the most star studded events of the year.
The event will take place in London’s Leicester Square on July 14. But we will have to wait until they confirm Meghan for the event as the mom is quite busy. They will probably reveal whether she will go closer to the premiere date, as she cant say at the moment, being on maternity leave and going day by day with her firstborn son Archie, who is her number one priority.
The premiere will support the conservation work that is being done by Harry through his work with the Royal Foundation; an organization he set up with his older brother Prince William in 2009.
This can turn into quite the date for the two, as it carries some weight, as the couple already had a date at the West End stage production of The Lion King in December 2016, at the beginning of their relationship.
Harry has previously said in interviews that The Lion King is his favorite Disney movie. Sir Elton John, who composed the musical along with Sir Tim Rice (and won an award for it), is a close friend. Sir Elton John even performed Circle of Life at the couples fairytale wedding reception last May, in front of their 600 guests at Windsor Castle.
The new film is directed by Jon Favreau, from Iron Man fame, and produced by Walt Disney. This is a photorealistic computer-animated remake (so no real lions) of the 1994 animated classic. The film has a cast full of stars, with Donald Glover as Simba, a lion who is crown prince of the Pride Lands, James Earl Jones as his father Mufasa and Beyoncé as Nala, Simba’s childhood best friend and future love.
In February, Beyonce and Jay Z made a sweet nod towards the Duchess, when they accepted the Brit Award for Best International Group as The Carters. The two of them filmed their acceptance speech in front of a portrait of Meghan by artist Tim O’Brien, which they turned to face after thanking the fans.
Posting on Instagram later, Beyoncé wrote: “In honor(sic) of Black History Month, we bow down to one of our Melanated Monas. Congrats on your pregnancy! We wish you so much joy.”
After the palace confirmed Harry’s attendance at the Premiere last week, Buckingham Palace also revealed that the Royal Foundation would be supporting Protect the Pride, a global conservation campaign launched by The Walt Disney Company to help protect Africa’s lion population. Ever since The Lion King was released 25 years ago, almost half of the continent’s lions have disappeared due to poaching and destruction of their habitats.