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DJ Idris Elba's seriously unexpected outfit to party at Prince Harry's wedding

The Luther actor was pictured at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding reception

Idris Elba waving alongside his wife Sabrina as they attended the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Nichola Murphy
Deputy Lifestyle Editor
25 May 2023
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Idris Elba shocked fans by revealing he was asked to DJ at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's private wedding reception in May 2018, but perhaps even more surprising was his choice of outfit.

While the Duchess of Sussex looked gorgeous in her second wedding dress – a halterneck Stella McCartney gown – and Prince Harry chose a classic black suit to party with friends and family, Idris was pictured in a very casual ensemble. 

WATCH: Idris Elba looking dapper as he arrived for the royal wedding

He was spotted leaning over the raised platform to chat with Harry, shaking his hand in the process. The Luther actor wore a maroon polo top with a gold watch and headphones perched on his head. Idris had clearly changed for the reception, as he was previously spotted at the ceremony at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle with his wife Sabrina wearing a black suit, white shirt and tie.

Idris has made a few rare comments about the royal wedding, including admitting Meghan's unexpected song request. During an appearance co-hosting BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Rap Show with Tiffany Calver, he was asked songs the guests were dancing to, to which he replied: “Still DRE by Dr Dre went off! It was Meghan’s choice."

Idris in a casual polo top as he chatted to Prince Harry and DJ'd at the wedding© Netflix
Idris was spotted in a casual polo top as he DJ'd at the wedding

Opening up about performing at the evening celebrations, he said on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that the royal couple are "good friends and I wanted to make sure they had a good time, so there was a lot of pressure".

He added that it was the "most stressful" gig he's done, explaining: "This wasn’t like my cousin’s wedding. This was like, you know, this wasn’t at the community hall, the reception. This was a big deal."

Idris Elba holding hands with wife Sabrina with Oprah Winfrey in the background© Getty
Idris Elba was one of many celebrity guests at the royal wedding

However, he clearly enjoyed the experience as he described it as "one of the highlights of my life". Speaking to The Observer, the star said: "Harry's a friend of mine," before joking that he knows him "just from round the way, haha! He's a neighborhood lad!"

He added: "I try not to talk too much about it, because it was a private day, but it remains one of the highlights of my life, for sure. It was a beautiful experience."

George Clooney, Serena Williams and Idris Elba were pictured inside St George's Chapel© Getty
George Clooney, Serena Williams and Idris Elba were pictured inside St George's Chapel

Many royal fans had previously assumed it was the bride who had invited him to the royal wedding, especially considering his kind words for the Duchess.

Idris discussed his admiration for her as a member of the royal family. "Meghan Markle, as a person, regardless of colour, is a role model," he explained to Sky News. "Of course, our society is one of mixed heritage and it's great to see Meghan within the royal family. It's great. And of course, she's going to be a beacon and of course she's going to be someone that people look towards."  

See inside Harry and Meghan's wedding reception...

prince harry meghan markle wedding reception netflix© Netflix
The pair were spotted dancing in their Netflix docuseries
meghan markle and prince harry dance at their wedding, with meghan wearing a backless dress© Netflix
Meghan wore a backless Stella McCartney wedding dress and Harry wore a black suit
Elton John performed at Harry and Meghan's wedding reception© Netflix
Elton John performed at Harry and Meghan's wedding reception
Doria stood at the very front as crowds gathered at Windsor Castle to listen to Elton's performance© Netflix
Doria Ragland stood at the very front as crowds gathered at Windsor Castle to listen to Elton's performance
Harry and Meghan cutting their wedding cake with a sword© Netflix
Harry and Meghan had an elderflower and lemon wedding cake
Harry and Meghan watched fireworks at their wedding reception© Netflix
The newlyweds watched fireworks at their wedding reception

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