Any Internet user will have found it hard to miss the rumours around Priyanka Chopra and Meghan Markle’s friendship in recent months. On Thursday night’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, fans were given confirmation of what really went down: the truth behind the friends-or-not-friends speculation. Although it was not an entirely unexpected question, we couldn’t help but be a little taken aback when the former Harper’s BAZAAR Arabia cover star was asked on camera to confirm or deny the claims.
The Duchess of Sussex did not make an appearance at Priyanka Chopra’s wedding to Nick Jonas in India last December, provoking whispers of a rift between the two friends, despite Meghan’s entirely comprehensible unspoken excuse that she was five months pregnant and halfway across the world at the time. The pair’s alleged fallout made headlines once again when Priyanka missed the Duchess of Sussex’s New York baby shower last month, attended by famous faces including Amal Clooney and Abigail Spencer. The absence was reportedly due to meetings for her book-in-progress, but fuelled rumours that the two were embroiled in a heated dispute.
A fan called in to Thursday night's show to ask whether Priyanka, a known close associate of the newest member of the British royal family, really was upset when Meghan Markle missed her wedding. Cohen elaborated on the question, querying if she skipped the Duchess of Sussex’s New York baby shower out of anger at her long-time friend.
The actress laughed in her ever-composed manner and dignified the question with a response of only a few words, but making it clear that she thought nothing of the claims, telling Cohen, “Oh my god. No, it’s not true.”
Chopra has made plain her huge respect for her royal friend, speaking highly of Meghan in the past and showing support for many of her endeavours.
In the days following Meghan’s wedding to Prince Harry, Priyanka wrote a sweet tribute to her friend and the newly-named Duchess on Instagram.
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Every once in a while there is a moment when time stands still...that happened today. You my friend were the epitome of grace, love, and beauty. Every choice made at this wedding by you both will go down in history, not just because it was your wedding, but because this incredible wedding stood for change and hope...both things that the world needs desperately. Thank you for being the perfect picture of all things good. Seeing your union and love blessed in front of my eyes made me so happy...and tear up! I wish you both love happiness and togetherness always.
After Meghan released a charity cookbook in aid of the victims of the Grenfell fire, the actress took to Instagram to share an image of the cookbook, accompanied by a caption that displayed her beaming pride at her friend’s venture.
When quizzed about her famous gal pal in her Harper’s BAZAAR Arabia cover interview, Priyanka revealed her immense admiration for the Duchess, saying of her new royal role, “I don’t think anybody else would be able to do it the way she will. She’s just right for it […] she’s an icon, truly, that girls can look up to, that women can look up to. She’s normal, she’s sweet, she’s nice, she thinks about the world, wants to change it and this was even before any of this happened."
True sisterhood, if you ask us.
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