Sunday 21 April 2019

No-show? Meghan not expected to attend 'good friend' Priyanka's wedding

Priyanka and Nick will tie the knot in India this weekend

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As if there wasn't already enough drama around Meghan, Harry and weddings, the latest news is that the couple are not expected to attend the Duchess' 'really good friend' Priyanka's wedding this weekend.

Priyanka - who attended the royal wedding in May this year in a striking pastel purple skirt suit - will tie the knot with her fiancé Nick Jonas this weekend in an array of ceremonies in her native India.

Meghan Markle and Priyanka Chopra in New York. Picture: Instagram
Meghan Markle and Priyanka Chopra in New York. Picture: Instagram
Indian Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra departs following the conclusion of an event in Mumbai on November 27, 2018. (Photo by - / AFP)-/AFP/Getty Images
Priyanka Chopra arrives for her bridal shower at Tiffany's Blue Box Cafe in Midtown on October 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the National Kiwi Hatchery at Rainbow Springs on October 31, 2018 in Rotorua, New Zealand
The Duchess of Sussex attends the Invictus Games 2018 wheelchair basketball final in Sydney

The former Baywatch star, who appeared with the Duchess of Sussex in several of her Instagram posts pre-royal family, was likely expecting her friend at the big day, however it looks like Meghan will be sitting this one out "especially now that she's pregnant", according to Us Weekly.

The pair have been friends since January 2016 when they met at the Elle Women in Television event and hit it off from there.

They have both gushed about each other to the press on occasions, with Meghan calling Priyanka 'unbelievable' and 'a really good friend'.

Related: Karen Birney: If the 'royal sisterhood' can't avoid the perils of wedding planning - what hope does anyone else have?

Abigail Spencer and Priyanka Chopra arrive at the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS
Abigail Spencer and Priyanka Chopra arrive at the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS

But Meghan's new royal commitments - and security - means she has to be selective about events she attends, even ones for old pre-royal friends.

Before Meghan married into the British royal family, she and Priyanka had been seen attending Broadway shows together, hanging out by the pool and enjoying healthy brunches out and about.

"She's an icon, truly, that girls can look up to, that women can look up to," Chopra told Harper's Bazaar Arabia in praise of her friend.

"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."

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