Idris Elba ‘offered’ his services as a DJ at Harry and Meghan’s wedding | Entertainment
Idris Elba DJ’d to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as a “gift” to the couple.
The 49-year-old Hollywood star was a guest at the lavish wedding at Windsor Castle in 2018 and had a ‘great time’ leading the music at the event and joked he had to offer his services instead of handing over a gift to Prince Harry and his wife Meghan because he “couldn’t afford anything”.
When asked if he had ever been paid for the gig, he replied during an appearance on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’: “No! No, but it was my present to my friends. I don’t can’t afford anything [so I said] ‘Can I just DJ?!’…
“The weddings are great and I hadn’t done a wedding DJ in a long time and it was fun. I was having a great time.”
And it looks like the ‘Molly’s Game’ actor had to stick to a strict playlist.
When asked if he had played anything from Queen to bring Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, to the dance floor, he replied: “It wasn’t on the playlist. I played Dr. Dre.”
The ‘Luther’ actor previously revealed that Meghan – who has since stepped down from royal duties and now lives in Los Angeles with Harry, 37, and their children Archie, two, and Lili, nine months – specifically asked him to play the music of rap star Dr. Dre during the wedding celebrations.
Discussing key moments in his life while co-hosting BBC Radio 1Xtra’s ‘Rap Show’ during an appearance broadcast on Saturday (02.04.22), Idris was asked what guests danced to at the royal wedding.
He replied: “Dr Dre’s ‘Still Dre’ blew up! It was Meghan’s choice.”
The ‘Obsessed’ actor previously revealed that Beyoncé was one of the artists on a playlist of songs Meghan had suggested he perform for their guests.
Speaking in 2019 shortly after revealing he had been given a playlist, he said: “There’s always Beyoncé on the playlist. You already know that! You already know that!
“Everyone’s talking about the playlist. I let the cat out of the bag, didn’t I? Just a little.”
Despite DJing at many high-profile gigs over the years, Idris has previously admitted the royal wedding was the “most stressful”.
He explained: “It wasn’t like my cousin’s wedding. It wasn’t at the community hall – the reception. It was a big, big deal. They’re good friends and I wanted to make sure that they were having a good time, so there was a lot of pressure.”