Like the rest of the world, Meghan Markle was quite surprised when Beyoncé and Jay-Z paid tribute to her at the 2019 BRIT Awards in February.

While being interviewed for CBS’ special Meghan and Harry Plus One, the Duchess’ friend and makeup artist, Daniel Martin, revealed the text response she sent him after he informed her of the Carters’ surprise tribute. “I sent her a pic,” Daniel said. “I think it was a screen grab of the two of them in front of the portrait. I think all I wrote was, ‘Girl.’ She wrote me back like the big eye emoji.” The big eye emoji was either the 😳or 👀emoji, meaning she was just as shocked as we were.

Bey and Jay shouted out Duchess Meghan while accepting their award for Best International Group via a video message. For their acceptance speech, the couple recreated the final scene of their “APESH*T” music video where they’re shown standing in from of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.” However, for their acceptance video, the two stood in front of a similar portrait that instead showed Meghan wearing a crown and pearl necklaces. “Thank you so much to the Brit awards for this incredible honor,” Beyoncé began the video. “You guys have always been so supportive. Everything is love. Thank you.” Jay then replied, “You’re welcome,” before the duo turned to look at Meghan’s portrait.

The “Shining” singer later shared the video and photos of her and Jay standing in front of the painting to Instagram, along with an explanation of their reason for including the Meghan portrait. “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. How lucky am I to have been in a group with my other best friend, the GOAT Hova. 🙌🏾,” Bey wrote. “In honor of Black History Month, we bow down to one of our Melanated Monas. Congrats on your pregnancy! We wish you so much joy.”

The artist of the illustration, Tim O’Brien, also tweeted about how surprised he was to see his work in Bey and Jay’s video, writing, “Interesting to see my painting of Megan Markel behind @Beyonce and JZ for their Brit award. Congratulations to them both.”


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Article: Peyton Blakemore