Beyoncé and JAY-Z 'Bow Down' to Meghan Markle — See the Surprise Stunning Moment!
Everything is love for Meghan Markle.
Beyoncé and JAY-Z were honored at the 2019 Brit Awards, taking home the prize for Best International Group. Although they didn’t attend the ceremony at the O2 in London, the couple accepted their trophy via video message — with a surprise nod to none other than the Duchess of Sussex.
In their acceptance speech, Beyoncé and JAY-Z recreate their music video for “APES—,” in which they pose in front of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.” However, in the world-famous painting’s place is a portrait of Meghan donning a sparkling crown and pearl necklaces.
“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.”
The rapper then replies, “You’re welcome,” and the duo turn to look at the portrait.
Soon after, Beyoncé shared a photo posing with the portrait to Instagram.
“Thank you to the Brits for the award for Best International Group. I won this award back in 2002 with my besties, Kelly and Michelle,” she wrote. “How lucky am I to have been in a group with my other best friend, the GOAT Hova. 🙌🏾”
The pop star then gave a short explanation of their reason for including the Meghan photo — and offered her congratulations on her royal mom-to-be status!
“In honor of Black History Month, we bow down to one of our Melanated Monas,” she wrote. “Congrats on your pregnancy! We wish you so much joy.”
The illustration, by artist Tim O’Brien, previously appeared on the cover of the alumnae magazine for Meghan’s sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma – but the artist appeared to be surprised to see his work in the acceptance speech.
Fans on Twitter saw the move as support for Meghan, whose mother, Doria Ragland, is black.
Meghan, who is in New York City to celebrate her baby shower with some of her closest friends, has spoken in the past about the importance of acknowledging her biracial background.
“While my mixed heritage may have created a grey area surrounding my self-identification, keeping me with a foot on both sides of the fence, I have come to embrace that,” she wrote for Elle in 2015. “To say who I am, to share where I’m from, to voice my pride in being a strong, confident mixed-race woman. That when asked to choose my ethnicity in a questionnaire as in my seventh grade class, or these days to check ‘Other,’ I simply say: ‘Sorry, world, this is not Lost and I am not one of The Others. I am enough exactly as I am.’ “