Beyoncé’s mother Tina Knowles thinks Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is a "great representation" for people of colour.
The 37-year-old former actress – who joined the royal family when she married Prince Harry in May last year – is of African-American descent, and Tina has praised her for her "wonderful" personality, calling her a "beautiful, independent young woman".
Speaking to Us Weekly magazine at the opening of art exhibition ‘Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983’ the 63-year-old fashion designer – who is the mother of both Beyoncé and Solange – said: "I mean, I think she’s a beautiful, intelligent, independent young woman. I think it’s amazing that she got that opportunity and that she is a great representation for our people. It’s really wonderful!"
Tina’s comments come after Meghan’s former co-star Gregg Sulkin – who starred with her in 2015 film ‘Anti-Social’ – described her as "one of the most sincere and genuine people" he knows.
He said: "Everybody does know her as a princess, but in real life, she genuinely is also like a princess. She is one of the classiest, the nicest, one of the most sincere and genuine people I’ve ever met."
The British actor also praised the royal – who is currently expecting her first child with Harry – for how well she’s handled the negative criticism that has surrounded her since her relationship with the flame-haired prince went public.
He added: "She’s a superstar. She was a superstar. To me, I’m so proud the fact that she’s part of my country’s history in all honesty, aside from obviously having a personal relationship with her. I just think the way she’s handle it – obviously the press of … you know, it hasn’t been easy for her. And she’s stuck to her guns, which is, you know, ‘when they go low, we go high’ sort of mentality and I think she’s done that. I think she’s been a class act."