Billy Eichner Revealed Exactly What Happened When Beyoncé And The “Lion King” Cast Met Meghan Markle And Prince Harry
So, the moment we’ve all been holding our breath for is upon us — Disney’s live-action adaptation of its classic The Lion Kingis finally in theatres around the world.
To celebrate the release, the cast and crew members have been popping up around the world at various events, hitting the world premiere in Los Angeles and, most recently, the European premiere in London.
Although some members of the cast, including Donald Glover, were absent from the London red carpet, there were some other special guests who definitely made up for it, including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Pictures and videos soon emerged of the royal couple greeting the Lion King cast, including the moment that Meghan met Beyoncé for the first time.
Fans across the world had been excitedly waiting to see the meeting, especially after Beyoncé and Jay-Z publicly showed their support for Meghan earlier this year.
But in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Billy Eichner, who voices Timon in The Lion King, revealed that not even Beyoncé was immune to nerves when it came to meeting royalty.
“It was great,” Billy said of the moment Harry and Meghan began greeting the cast. “We were all kinda nervous, even Beyoncé.”
But why would Beyoncé be nervous to meet Meghan? Well, Billy also revealed that in the lead-up to the premiere cast members were sent an email that included a “very intense” protocol for how to greet Harry and Meghan.
The protocol also apparently stated that plus-ones needed to stand behind the person who had brought them and should only speak if spoken to. Billy is unsure if this rule applied to Jay-Z because…well, he’s Jay-Z.
But speaking of the royal couple, who were making one of their first public appearances together since Meghan gave birth to son Archie in May, Billy was nothing but complimentary.
Sounds like a great evening was had by all! You can watch Billy’s full interview with Jimmy Kimmel here.