Idris Elba is thrilled Meghan Markle, a mixed-race woman, is marrying into the Royal family.
Idris Elba is thrilled Meghan Markle, a mixed-race woman, is marrying into the Royal family. Rui Vieira/AP

Markle’s famous fan: “she’s a role model”

ACTOR Idris Elba has declared Meghan Markle a "role model" and welcomed the fact a mixed-race woman was marrying into the royal family.

Speaking before a Buckingham Palace dinner for charity The Prince's Trust, the black actor said Ms Markle was impressive regardless of her race but added the marriage reflected modern British society.

"Meghan Markle, as a person, regardless of her colour, is a role model," Mr Elba said.

English actor Idris Elba says the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reflects modern British society. BANG Showbiz

"As a strong woman marrying into our royal family, she's going to be a role model for any woman - black, white.

"The point is that of course our society is one of mixed heritage and it's nice to see Meghan within the royal family."

A star of TV crime shows Luther and The Wire and films including sci-fi flick The Dark Tower, Mr Elba has campaigned for more ethnically diverse roles on the screen. He gave a speech to British parliament last year calling for more diversity in the media.


epa06354517 Britain's Prince Harry (L) poses with his fiancee, US actress Meghan Markle during a photocall after announcing their engagement in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in London, Britain, 27 November 2017. Clarence House said in a statement that the couple's wedding ceremony will take place in spring 2018.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement last month. FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

Mr Elba said Ms Markle, who gave up her career as an actor when she became engaged to Prince Harry, would be a "beacon" for all women, including those of mixed race.

"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," he said.

Mr Elba, 45, is a former beneficiary of the Prince's Trust, which aims to help disadvantaged young people.

The charity subsidised his first audition for a role in the theatre in the 1980s. He last year thanked Prince Charles for helping him break into the entertainment industry.

Prince Harry and Ms Markle revealed their plans to wed in a highly anticipated announcement on November 27

The couple are due to marry in Windsor Castle in May.