Beyoncé and Meghan finally met at the UK premiere of The Lion King in July, but prior to their meeting, Beyoncé and JAY-Z paid homage to the royal at the 2019 Brit Awards. In the couple's acceptance video, the pair were shown admiring a portrait of Meghan, which was created by illustrator Tim O'Brien and originally featured on the cover of The Key's Summer 2018 issue (the publication for Kappa Kappa Gamma members and Meghan's sorority during her time at Northwestern University).
Beyoncé then took her admiration for the duchess a step further and penned a powerful tribute to Meghan on her blog. "Meghan's background as a film and tv actress has allowed her to use her platform for good. Meghan's charitable work in communities of color began years before becoming the Duchess of Sussex," the note read. "As a global ambassador for World Vision, she traveled to Rwanda to see how access to clean, safe water impacts children, an issue that is near and dear to our hearts. She also visited and supported the Myna Mahila Foundation in Mumbai, an organization that helps solve the menstruation challenges many women and girls in the community face."