Meghan Markle was spotted dancing the night away on the first night of Beyoncé’s Renaissance tour in California on Friday – but Prince Harry appeared less than impressed as he gazed at his phone while the party continued around him.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were among thousands of fans who crowded into the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles last night as the artist continued her world tour.
But Harry appeared glum and disinterested as the pair were spotted in a private box along with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland. The members of their group, including the Sussexes, wore silver to match the singer’s request that her fans wear the colour to her show.
Meghan was seen clapping and waving her arms, while Doria, who celebrates her 67th birthday today, was seen dancing along to the music.
Harry however was seen with his hands firmly stuck in his pocket or glued to his phone.
It comes at the start of a busy week for the Sussexes, with Harry set to jet out to London for a charity event on the eve of the first anniversary of the death of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, before moving onto Dusseldorf in Germany for the start of the Invictus Games.
Earlier this week the couple released their latest Netflix series, Heart of Invictus, which featured athletes preparing for last year’s edition of the games and saw Harry open up about his mental health struggles after returning from military duty in Afghanistan.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were pictured in the crowd at the SoFi stadium in Los Angeles on Friday night. Pictured: Harry (right), Meghan (second right) and her mother Doria Ragland (left)
Prince Harry (right) looked less than enthused as he stared at his phone during the first night of Beyoncé’s Renaissance tour in California last night. Meghan (centre), however, was seen dancing the night away
Meghan was seen clapping and waving her arms as she enjoyed the first night of Beyoncé’s Renaissance Tour
Harry (left centre) however was seen with his hands firmly stuck in his pocket or glued to his phone as he attended the concert with wife Meghan (right centre) and her mum Doria (right)
Harry appeared glum and disinterested as the pair were spotted in a private box along with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland
Meghan Markle has been spotted dancing the night away at the first night of Beyoncé’s Renaissance tour in California
They weren’t the only famous faces to turn out for Queen Bey’s performance, with the likes of Terry Crews, Taraji P. Henson and Shanina Shaik pictured in attendance.
It’s not the first time the royal couple have crossed paths with Beyoncé, with Queen Bey accepting a Brit Award in 2019 in front of a portrait showing Meghan as a royal version of the Mona Lisa.
In a post explaining why they had decided to put Meghan in the frame, the power couple wrote: ‘In honor of Black History Month, we bow down to one of our Melanated Monas. Congrats on your pregnancy! We wish you so much joy.’
Beyoncé publicly praised Meghan’s bravery after the Sussexes’ bombshell interview with Oprah, during which the Duchess claimed to have been subjected to racist treatment within the Royal Family.
Beyoncé posted on her website: ‘Thank you Meghan for your courage and leadership. We are all strengthened and inspired by you.’
In one episode of their Netflix documentary Harry & Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex claimed to have received a supportive text from Queen Bey.
She told the camera crew: ‘Beyoncé just texted, just checking in… I still can’t believe she knows who I am…’ She said she wants me to feel safe and protected.
‘She admires and respects my bravery and vulnerability and thinks I was selected to break generational curses that need to be healed.’
The couples previously had a cringe-inducing meeting with the pop megastar and her husband Jay-Z during The Lion King premiere in 2019.
The famous couples met up on the red carpet and engaged in small talk, with Beyoncé reportedly calling Meghan ‘my princess’.
However, things took an awkward turn when the Sussexes spoke to the film’s director Jon Favreau and appeared to ask him if there were any voiceover roles available for Meghan.
Video of the encounter showed Beyoncé covering her face before uncomfortably looking away, with social media users suggesting she was cringing over the exchange.
Beyoncé was decked out in a dazzling silver outfit as she took to the stage in the SoFi Stadium on Friday night
The performance by Beyoncé was the first show of her Renaissance world tour. Pictured: Beyoncé at last night’s show
During the performance Beyoncé scaled a sparkling silver horse which was raised into the air
Beyonce dazzled in a racy silver ensemble, with the star requesting that her fans wear the same colour
The singer proved she was versatile with her fashion as she later changed into a quirky white number teamed with a wide-brimmed silver hat
It comes at the start of a busy week for the Sussexes, as they get set to fly out to Dusseldorf in Germany for the Invictus Games. Pictured: Harry and Meghan hold a sign for the Invictus Games in 2018, which were held in Sydney, Australia
There was to be a similar exchange later in the evening when Prince Harry touted his wife’s acting chops to Disney CEO Bob Iger.
During conversation, Harry asks: ‘You do know she does voiceovers?’
Iger can be heard replying: ‘Ah, I did not know that.’ Harry then responds: ‘You seem surprised. She’s really interested.’ The Disney chief then says: ‘We’d love to try. That’s a great idea.’
Last month Meghan enjoyed a girl’s night out at the same arena when she went with friends to watch a Taylor Swift concert.
The 42-year-old was joined by her British best friend Lucy Fraser as they watched Swift’s Eras Tour while Harry was in Japan with his best friend Nacho Figueras promoting his charity work.
It also comes the same week that Ms Ragland was seen cosying up to the Kardashians at a glitzy event for charity This Is Humanity – which works to raise awareness about separated and reunified families and children at the border.
Earlier this week the couple celebrated the release of their latest Netflix project, a documentary about athletes competing in the Invictus Games, the event which Harry set up in 2014.
The five-episode series, Heart of Invictus, saw Harry open up about his mental health struggles and tracked the journeys of multiple wounded veterans as they prepared for last year’s games in The Hague, Netherlands.
Harry surprised a group of theatre-goers on Monday night by turning up to a premier showing the first two episodes and posing for photos with the audience.
Their trip top see Beyoncé comes days before they are expected to jet off to Dusseldorf in Germany, for this year’s edition of the Invictus Games.
The sporting competition for wounded veterans is being held in the German city from September 9 to 16, with the first day taking place a day after the first anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s death.
Actor Terry Crews poses for the camera as he arrives for last night’s Beyonce concert with his wife
Fashion model Shanina Shaik arrives in a leather corset and denim for the Beyonce concert
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle crossed paths with Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z at The Lion King premiere in 2019. During their meeting The Duke of Sussex (left) touted his wife’s (far left) voiceover to The Lion King director Jon Favreau (right)
The exchange sparked an awkward moment with Beyoncé covering her face as Harry said ‘we can make ourselves available’
Meghan then jokes ‘That’s really why we’re here, to pitch’ as Beyoncé looked on at the exchange
Before the Invictus Games get under way, Harry will travel to the UK to attend a charity’s awards ceremony, before he is joined by his wife in Dusseldorf. Pictured: The couple at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in March 2020
Harry, who was the Queen’s grandson, is expected to attend the entire games, while Meghan is set to arrive ‘later on’ and stay for the Closing Ceremony before returning to the US, according to close friend and confident of the Sussexes, Omid Scobie.
It was reported that the Duke of Sussex will be in Britain for the anniversary of Her Majesty’s death, but he is not expected to join the rest of his family – his father King Charles is set to mark the occasion at Balmoral Castle, where the Queen passed away.
Harry will celebrate the achievements and resilience of seriously ill youngsters and their families supported by the charity WellChild, at the event being staged in London on September 7, before heading out to Germany.
A spokesperson for the couple said: ‘The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to attend the Invictus Games 2023 in Dusseldorf.
‘The Duke will be in attendance throughout the entirety of the games and will be joined by the Duchess shortly after the games begin.’
Prince Harry is expected to deliver a closing speech, while Meghan will take to the stage to host the ‘Lifestories Scene’ segment, taking a closer look at the stories of some of the athletes competing in the games.
The royal will apparently praise the competitors’ ‘unwavering spirit and impressive recovery journey’.
The Duke of Sussex has said this year’s games will be the ‘best ever’.
Other figures due to appear include Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German president who hosted the King and Queen in March this year.