Meghan Markle’s close friend, actress Priyanka Chopra, reportedly “looked the other way” when Kate Middleton and Prince William arrived at Wimbledon.
Meghan Markle’s close friend, Indian actress, singer and producer, Priyanka Chopra, was reportedly seen not clapping as Kate Middleton and Prince William arrived at Wimbledon last weekend.
The star, who is married to American pop star Nick Jonas, was captured on camera adjusting her scarf as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge entered the royal box to a round of applause,
Many royal fans were quick to claim that Chopra was “ignoring” Kate and Prince William, after comments Meghan has made about her struggles in the royal family.
Speaking to Oprah Winfrey, Meghan said that Kate made her cry over her bridesmaid dresses for her royal wedding, while revealing “conversations” were had with a member of the royal family around the colour of Meghan’s unborn child’s skin.
It is entirely plausible that Chopra simply didn’t see the royal couple entering alongside a number of other attendees pictured not clapping, fans were quick to comment on the moment and claim it was a snub.
One said: “The way Priyanka did not even look in their direction is enough for me.”
Another added: “She totally ignored them. I would do the same if my friend was mistreated”, while a third wrote: “I would ignore them as well.”
The footage was captured as the stars attended the Wimbledon Women’s Final between Australia’s new champ, Ash Barty, and Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic last weekend.
Chopra, who was accompanied by a friend, was spotted a few rows behind Meghan’s sister-in-law Kate and brother-in-law Prince William.
Meghan and Priyanka became friends in 2016 at an ELLE Women in Television dinner before Meghan’s royal ascent, and have supported one another over the years.
Priyanka was a guest at Meghan and Prince Harry’s star-studded wedding, held in May 2018.
When Meghan was chosen as one of Time’s Most Influential People of 2018, Chopra wrote a piece on her friend, writing all about her special qualities.
In the article, Chopra predicted that Meghan “will be a princess for the people” and called her “a relatable young woman with her heart and mind in the right place”.
A source told E! News: “Meghan confides in Priyanka about the adjustments she has to make with being a royal.”
When Meghan was previously asked by Oprah Winfrey if she made Kate cry over the dress incident, Meghan said: “The reverse happened. A few days before the wedding she was upset about something, pertaining to … the flower girl dresses, and it made me cry. And it really hurt my feelings.
“There wasn’t a confrontation and I don’t think it’s fair to her to get into the details of that because she apologised, and I have forgiven her. What was hard to get over was being blamed for something that not only I didn’t do, but that happened to me.
“I’m not sharing that piece about Kate in any way to be disparaging to her.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were said to be left deeply saddened after the interview, in which Prince Harry said Wills was “trapped” in the royal family.
Kate has not spoken publicly about the interview once.