Beyonce praises Meghan Markle's courage and leadership in special tribute

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Beyonce has thanked Meghan Markle for her "courage and leadership" after the Duchess of Sussex spoke out about racism in the Royal Family.

The singer – who met Meghan at the London premiere of The Lion King in July 2019 – posted a special tribute to the duchess on her personal website to mark Women's History Month.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) chats with Disney CEO Robert Iger as Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (2nd R) embraces Beyonce Knowles-Carter (R) as they attend the European Premiere of Disney's
Beyonce met Meghan Markle at the London premiere of The Lion King in summer 2019. (Getty Images)

Beyonce shared a picture of them both with the caption: "Thank you Meghan for your courage and leadership. We are all strengthened and inspired by you."

Beyonce's tribute to Meghan Markle. (
Beyonce's tribute to Meghan Markle. (

The Run The World singer also included Meghan in a montage of 12 women she hailed as "The Rule Breakers".

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Other women pictured included LGBTQ+ advocate and Orange Is The New Black star Laverne Cox, actor and political campaigner Jane Fonda and Democrat politicians Stacey Abrams, Maxine Waters and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Beyonce added: "Happy Women's History Month. Thank you to every woman who has stood up tall, shouted out loud and looked out for the next young girl who is coming into her power.

FILE - This July 14, 2019 file photo shows Beyonce at the
Beyonce hailed 'rule breaking women'. (AP)

"To mark the power of women, we salute each of you, in every country, in every industry. We praise your hearts and your minds."

She signed off: "Bey good."

The duchess and her husband Prince Harry opened up on their rift with the Royal Family in an explosive interview with TV chatshow host Oprah Winfrey that aired this week.

Meghan revealed that a member of the family had questioned what colour son Archie's skin colour would be when he was born.

Buckingham Palace has now issued a statement on behalf of the Queen, saying: "The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.

Prince Harry and wife Meghan gave a candid interview about the royal family to Oprah Winfrey. (ITV/Harpo Productions)
Prince Harry and wife Meghan gave a candid interview about the Royal Family to Oprah Winfrey. (ITV/Harpo Productions)

"The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.

"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members."

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