Idris Elba Says Meghan Markle Will Be a 'Beacon' to the Royal Family

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The 'Luther' star discussed Markle's upcoming royal wedding to Prince Harry at a dinner at Buckingham Palace, where he and girlfriend Sabrina Dhowre met Prince Charles.

Idris Elba has a lot of respect for Meghan Markle.

The Luther star attended the One Million Young Dinner at Buckingham Palace on Thursday, where he and his girlfriend, former Miss Vancouver Sabrina Dhowre, met Prince Charles.

While at the event, Elba spoke to Sky News about the impact of Markle marrying Prince Harry, and adding diversity to the royal family.

Calling Markle a "beacon" and a "role model," the 45-year-old actor told the publication, "Meghan Markle, as a person, regardless of her color, is a role model. As a strong woman marrying into our royal family, she's going to be a role model for any woman."

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"The point is that of course our society is one of mixed heritage and it's nice to see Meghan within the royal family. It's great," he explained. "And of course she's going to be a beacon and of course she's going to be someone that people look towards."

On Friday, Kensington Palace revealed Markle and Harry's official wedding date, next year on Saturday, May 19.

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