It was a proud moment for Indians when Priyanka Chopra attended the royal wedding last week, but the actress was not the only South Asian present at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials.
Here are the other awesome desi invitees who helped make the royal wedding’s guest list a lot more diverse.
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As the Mynas in India watch Meghan, Duchess of Sussex take her vows on a big make-shift screen, they are reminded of the Meghan who so lovingly listened to them during her visit. She looks as calm, pristine and beautiful as ever as a 👰! ❤️❤️ We love you #MeghanandHarry. #royalwedding2018💍
Suhani is the founder of the Myna Mahila Foundation, aimed at helping improve menstrual hygiene in India.
Through her organisation, women living in slums are able to make their own menstrual pads.
Meghan came across Suhani’s incredible work back in 2016, and the Suits star went on to visit her in India and see first-hand how the organisation works.
The Myna Mahalia Foundation is one of the seven charities Prince Harry and Meghan have chosen to donate their wedding funds to.
Benita is one of Meghan’s best friends, and in fact, her two daughters were bridesmaids at the royal wedding.
After working as an intellectual property and entertainment lawyer, Benita went on to launch fashion business, Legend of Lido, focusing on carryall bags.
“Beginning with the idea of creating the perfect travel pouch, Legend of Lido has since evolved into a collection of travel-inspired carryalls for everyday use,” states her company’s website.
After meeting through the ‘wellness’ world, Dhru has been Meghan’s friend for the past six years.
Meghan has previously gushed about her wellness coach and his ‘Clean Program’, saying in an interview:
“I met Dr. Junger and his CEO Dhru Purohit a few years ago, after suffering from a lifetime of debilitating migraines and ENT problems. Let me just say this – my life has never been the same.”
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Thank you to everyone inquiring about today’s dress! Here’s the real story: As many do for events of this kind, my stylist @NikiSchwan & I reached out to designers and showrooms. …No one was responsive. Luckily, @westerncostumecompany generously opened the doors to their private vintage archive, and we chose this 1930’s dress and 1940s hat. Which we paired with @coomijewels Jewels, @sigersonmorrison pumps and a @ysl clutch. (Strange to be talking fashion on a powerful day of love and union.)
A friend of Meghan’s thanks to their shared passion for acting, Janina is of course an actress who has starred in a string of well-known shows including True Blood, Arrow and The L Word.
After the royal wedding, Janina revealed on social media that she had struggled to find a label to dress her for the prestigious event.
“Thank you to everyone inquiring about today’s dress! Here’s the real story: As many do for events of this kind, my stylist @NikiSchwan & I reached out to designers and showrooms. …No one was responsive,” she wrote.
“Luckily, @westerncostumecompany generously opened the doors to their private vintage archive, and we chose this 1930’s dress and 1940s hat.”
We have to say Janina and the rest of the South Asian guests at the royal wedding scrubbed up mighty fine and did us Indians proud.