Beyoncé and Jay-Z just bowed down to their fellow royal across the pond: Meghan Markle . A portrait of the Duchess of Sussex in a crown appeared behind the couple as they accepted their award together for Best International Artist (Group) at the BRIT Awards, for their album Everything Is Love , which they released together as The Carters. It was a powerful statement of support for the newest member of the British royal family, who has recently been defended by a series of high-profile friends against scrutiny from the media and gossip rags.
In their video acceptance for their BRIT Award, Bey and Jay recreated the iconic scene from their music video for the song “Apeshit,” in which the two stand in front of the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum (which saw a healthy increase in visitors afterward, by the way). This time, they were in front of a portrait of Markle, who they then turned around to face in deference after saying their thanks.
The Duchess of Sussex, who is seven months pregnant, was recently defended by George Clooney, who said she was being “pursued and vilified” by the especially brutal U.K. press. This treatment is nothing new: All the way back in 2016, Kensington Palace issued an unprecedented statement on Prince Harry’s relationship with his then-girlfriend. “Some of this has been very public—the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and Web article comments,” it read. Markle is biracial , and her marriage into the royal family marked a new era for the country’s monarchy.
The Internet went understandably wild at the moment between the British royal and an American dynasty—and everyone wanted to know if the portrait was really hanging in the Carters’s home. ( Vogue contributor Michelle Ruiz noticed it looks like the portrait came from an issue of Kappa Kappa Gamma’s The Key magazine.) If not, can we commission it?