With news still fresh that Priyanka Chopra is reportedly engaged to Nick Jonas, following just two months of dating, speculation has begun about whether or not the Duchess of Sussex will be her bridesmaid.
The two have been friends for three years after meeting at an Elle Women in Television dinner. The duchess has previously described Chopra as "unbelievable" and invited her to the royal wedding and evening reception in May this year.
Priyanka Chopra at the royal wedding in May
However, although royal protocol doesn't strictly prohibit Meghan from serving as her friend's bridesmaid, it is unlikely. Like the Duchess of Cambridge at sister Pippa Middleton's wedding, the newlywed won't want to overshadow her friend on her big day - apparently one of the main reasons that Kate only did a reading at her sister's nuptials rather than officially serve as bridesmaid (although she did oversee the page boys and bridesmaids, and was on hand to adjust the all-important veil).
Traditionally, bridesmaid duties are only given to single women rather to those who are already married, meaning that Meghan would have to take the key role of Matron of Honour. Again, this is unlikely given the attention that she would receive over her friend.
In the same way that Kate wasn't bridesmaid at Meghan and Harry's wedding due to royal hierarchy, the same protocol could be applied for Priyanka's nuptials.
"[Kate] is the future queen consort when William becomes king after his father, and would unlikely be an attending person to another royal bride," said royals expert Malene Koenig at the time.
Royal reporter Omie Scobie told Cosmopolitan that Meghan playing bridesmaid to Priyanka is "an unlikely scenario".
"A female royal would not be expected to walk behind a 'commoner'," he explained. "This is why in the past we saw Pippa Middleton as Kate’s maid of honour, but when Pippa got married Kate read a prayer."
However, royal families outside the UK have performed bridesmaid duties for friends in the past. Princess Madeleine of Sweden was a bridesmaid for her close friend Louise Gottlieb who married partner Gustav Thott at a church in Södermanland in June this year. Madeleine, who is seventh in line to the Swedish throne, wore a pale blue floor-length gown with a ruffled neckline by Swedish-Lenanese designer Fadi el Khoury.