While the entire world will have eyes set on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on Saturday, desis back home will be rooting for someone else at the royal wedding. Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra is in London and is ready to watch her friend walk down the aisle.
The actor reached London ahead of the royal wedding wearing a plaid pantsuit. Priyanka had earlier confessed that she was “stressed out about [wearing] a small hat” but a visit to iconic British fascinator designer Philip Treacy put her mind to rest. Ohhhh, now I get it !!” the 35-year-old actor shared a photo as she is surrounded by fascinator designs. Her makeup artist Patrick Ta also reached London and shared an Instagram photo, giving us a broad hint that he will be creating Priyanka’s makeup look for Meghan Markle’s wedding.
Priyanka will be one of the very few Indian faces present at the wedding and those who don’t know about her friendship with the to-be princess might be wondering about the connection. To clear all doubt, here’s a quick revision for you on how they met, what they have said about each other and more.
The Bollywood star and the American actor first met in January 2016 at Elle’s 6th Annual Women in TV Celebration. They met at the party which was also attended by Viola Davis, Olivia Wilde and more. The two hit it off instantly. “We bonded as actors. We just became friends, like two girls would,” Priyanka told People magazine in 2017.
Meghan then interviewed Priyanka for her now-defunct lifestyle blog, The Tig. Soon, they became good friends and started hanging out regularly. They watched Hamilton together, enjoyed drinks by swimming pools in Malibu and clicked a lot of selfies. While a few pictures from this phase can still be found online on Priyanka’s Instagram, others were lost when Meghan’s Instagram profile was deactivated after she got engaged to Prince Harry in November 2017.
Before the engagement was announced and when Harry and Meghan were being spotted together by the paparazzi, even Priyanka started getting bombarded by curious questions about her friend and her prince. In May 2017, she was asked by Wendy Williams on her show about ‘Prince Harry’s girlfriend,’ Priyanka didn’t hesitate in correcting her: “Also, Meghan Markle: actress, Suits, her achievements,” a gesture appreciated by both the actors’ fans.
Priyanka also recently wrote a piece on Meghan for Time magazine as she featured in their list of 100 Most Influential and called her a ‘princess for the people.’ Here’s the full text:
Somewhere among biryani, poutine and endless conversations, I realized just how deeply Meghan Markle cares for the world. With her, what you see is real, and what you get is a relatable young woman with her heart and mind in the right place. Her compassion, evident in the causes she supports, and her drive to break down stereotypes—obvious in her actions—will connect her to a generation in much need of kindness.
This ever-smiling, strong free spirit found her prince, fell in love and in turn made a cynical world believe in fairy tales again. But more than anything else, Meghan is an important influencer in a world that needs strong public figures to respect and look up to. People the world can be inspired by. Meghan, standing shoulder to shoulder with Harry, will be a princess for the people.
Love always, my friend. Live happily ever after.
Guess, we will have to wait just a few more hours to find that out with the world.