Idris Elba is quite friendly with the royal family. He’s a long-time ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, having received a scholarship from the foundation to go to acting school, and I believe he is quite friendly with Prince Charles on a personal level. Idris has also spent time with Prince William and Harry, and some of Idris’s films have been screened to raise money for various royal foundations and royal-adjacent charities. He’s down with the Windsors, basically. Idris was invited to the One Million Young Dinner at Buckingham Palace last night, and he brought his girlfriend Sabrina Dhowre as his date. He introduced Sabrina to Prince Charles, which you can see in these photos. Before the dinner, Idris chatted with Sky News about Meghan Markle, the first woman of color to marry into the royal family. Idris is beyond pleased about Meg!
“Meghan Markle, as a person, regardless of her color, is a role model,” he told Sky News. “As a strong woman marrying into our royal family, she’s going to be a role model for any woman. The point is that of course our society is one of mixed heritage and it’s nice to see Meghan within the Royal Family,” he continued. “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.”
The idea that the royal family could be and should be racially representative of Britain’s multiracial, multiethnic society is a somewhat modern idea. I get that there would be no way to force that conversation, nor would there be any way to force a prince or princess to marry a person of color. But look no further than the quiet freakout from the British Establishment over the idea that Princess Diana would end up getting remarried to a Pakistani doctor (Hasnat Khan) or an Egyptian playboy (Dodi al-Fayed) in the 1990s – there was a lot of racist drama that the heir to the throne could have a stepfather who was Egyptian or Pakistani. And now, twenty years later, one of Diana’s sons is marrying a mixed race American woman and the British Establishment still doesn’t know what to say or do about it. Idris is right though – Meghan will be a role model to so many girls around the world.
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