Beyoncé posted a message of support for her good friend Meghan Markle on Tuesday night, as the Duchess of Sussex continues to deal with the fallout from her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The homepage on Beyoncé’s website featured a splash that read, “Thank you Meghan for your courage and leadership. We are all strengthened and inspired by you.”
— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) March 10, 2021
The singer joins a number of prominent friends of Markle, who have publicly supported her in the face of backlash on social media and the U.K. press. Serena Williams was among the first to post a lengthy statement praising Markle’s strength in undertaking the interview with Winfrey, in which the Duchess revealed that she had faced racism from the press and royal family and had thoughts of suicide.
This is not the first time that Beyoncé, and her husband the rapper Jay-Z, have shown support for the Sussexes in times of strife. Back in 2019, during their acceptance speech for best international group (for The Carters) at the Brit Awards in London, the music power couple appeared in a video alongside a painting of Markle dressed as a royal.
At the time, the media deemed the move “political,” suggesting that the couple intended to show support for the Duchess of Sussex in response to her receiving hostile attention from Britain’s tabloid press.