The Bollywood star pens a note to her bestie for a list of the world’s most influential people.
There have been rumours that she might be donning a bridesmaid’s dress on May 19, when Meghan Markle walks down the aisle to meet her prince.
And Priyanka Chopra has done little to dispel the speculation, recently penning a touching profile for the royal-to-be, calling her a “princess for the people”.
The Quantico star opened up about how her friendship with the Suits actress began in a story for TIME Magazine, who have named 36-year-old Markle among their list of the 100 most influential people of 2018.
The pair bonded over “biryani, poutine and endless conversations”, 35-year-old Chopra revealed, adding that she quickly “realised just how deeply Meghan Markle cares for the world”.
“With her, what you see is real, and what you get is a relatable young woman with her heart and mind in the right place,” the Jamshedpur-born actress wrote.
“Her compassion, evident in the causes she supports, and her drive to break down stereotypes—obvious in her actions—will connect her to a generation in much need of kindness.”
While unconfirmed, Chopra is believed to be attending the nuptials of Markle and Britain’s Prince Harry next month at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
The actresses first met at the annual ELLE Women in Television dinner in 2015, and have remained tight-knit ever since – and Chopra touched on Markle’s impending marriage in her profile.
“This ever-smiling, strong free spirit found her prince, fell in love and in turn made a cynical world believe in fairy tales again,” the star wrote.
“But more than anything else, Meghan is an important influencer in a world that needs strong public figures to respect and look up to. People the world can be inspired by.”
Wishing her friend “love always” and a “happily ever after”, the Bollywood star ended with a glorious tribute to Markle’s new role as part of the UK’s royal family.
“Meghan, standing shoulder to shoulder with Harry, will be a princess for the people,” Chopra wrote.
Also making the TIME 2018 list was Bollywood star Deepika Padukone, whose profile was written by xXx: Return of Xander Cage co-star Vin Diesel.
“So often in the entertainment industry we deal in stereotypes, and people get stuck in certain markets. Deepika is the best Earth has to offer,” the American film star said of the actress.
“She’s not just here to represent India; she’s here to represent the world.”
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also made the cut for TIME, with a profile in the leaders category written by the kingdom’s women’s rights activist Manal Al-Sharif.
Al-Sharif, who in 2011 was jailed for driving a car, noted recent reforms allowing women to take the wheel from June this year, writing she was initially “skeptical of the prince’s Vision 2030 plan to modernise our kingdom”.
“I have come around. Most Saudis are under age 30, and have only known elderly rulers. Now a major leader is our peer,” she said.
“The heir to the throne is lifting restrictions on women, allowing us to work in positions once limited to men, play sports and attend public events.
“There is serious talk of letting women hold political positions for the first time and abolishing male guardianship altogether.”