As if Meghan Markle hasn’t already shaken things up enough at Buckingham Palace, her good friend Priyanka Chopra believes we haven’t seen anything yet. In a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, the Quantico actress spoke about all the good she believes Markle will bring to the royal family.
“It’s natural for people to be like, ‘Oh that’s Prince Harry’s girlfriend,’ but she’s a lot more as well,” Chopra said. “I don’t think anybody else would be able to do it the way she will. She’s just right for it.” Chopra continued, “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. So I do think Meghan being a part of the royal family is a big step in the direction of so many things: of women, of feminism, of diversity, of race, of the monarchy versus everyone else. It’s a beautiful step in the right direction.”
And before you ask, Chopra refused to spill the beans about whether she’s received her invite to the royal wedding in May. “If you see me there, you’ll know,” was her cryptic answer when pressed by Bazaar. Hm!
Chopra, who met Markle at Elle‘s Women in Television dinner a few years ago, has previously defended her friend’s right to be recognized for her own achievements rather than for who she’s dating. In September, shortly after Vanity Fair published a cover story, titled “Meghan Markle, Wild About Harry!” in which Markle was mainly described in terms of her relationship with Prince Harry, Chopra criticized the story in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “I don’t know if I will get into trouble for this, but I have an opinion,” she said. “I mean, she’s on the cover of Vanity Fair. It would have been nice to write about her, not just her boyfriend. I’m just saying. I mean, she’s an actor, she’s an activist, she’s a philanthropist. I mean, she does so much more.” She added, “It’s just a little sexist. Look, I’m a feminist and I love boys, okay. The only thing I’m saying is that there needs to be a certain sense of equality where a woman is not just a plus one, you know. It’s nice to be your own identity, too.”