Politicians weren’t invited to the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, but that doesn’t mean the event was not a star-studded affair.
Quite a few celebrities attended the wedding, including some that you would expect to be there, such as many of Markle’s old Suits co-stars. But there were also some faces that were pretty surprising to see.
Here’s a look at all of the celebrities who attended the royal wedding and why they would have gotten an invite.
George and Amal Clooney
Amal Clooney and George Clooney looked like royalty themselves at the royal wedding. | Gareth Fuller/WPA Pool/Getty Images
George Clooney and his wife Amal both attended the royal wedding. According to People, Amal has known Markle for a while.
The two apparently had a good time at the wedding, and according to The Mirror, George Clooney danced with both Markle and Kate Middleton at the reception.
Next: This beloved star is reportedly planning an interview with Markle’s mother.
Oprah changed her outfit at the last minute. | Ian West/POOL/AFP
Oprah Winfrey attended the royal wedding as well. The Daily Mail later reported that Markle’s mother is preparing to film an extensive interview with Winfrey, and Winfrey was invited to the wedding to better understand the family ahead of this interview.
Winfrey shared on Instagram that she nearly broke a major etiquette rule; she was planning to wear a beige dress to the wedding, but she realized at the last minute that it would photograph too white, so fashion designer Stella McCartney came to the rescue at the last minute.
Next: You probably never knew this actor is friends with Prince Harry.
Tom Hardy attended the wedding with a date. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images
One person some were surprised to see at the royal wedding was actor Tom Hardy. Not only was Hardy there, but he had a pretty great seat at the chapel.
Hardy is evidently friends with Prince Harry. In addition, Hardy is also an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, the charity founded by Charles, Prince of Wales.
Next: This actress attended along with her famous husband.
Musician Marcus Mumford and actor Carey Mulligan were also at the star-studded affair. | Ian West/Pool/AFP
Actress Carey Mulligan attended the royal wedding along with her husband, Marcus Mumford, the lead singer of Mumford & Sons.
Mulligan and Mumford are both friends with Prince Harry; back in 2013, The Mirror reported that the three partied together after Harry went to see a Mumford & Sons concert.
Next: This musician came to the wedding and surprised everyone by performing some songs.
Elton John performed at the wedding. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Not only did Sir Elton John attend the royal wedding, but he performed there as well. According to The Daily Mail, at the event’s lunchtime reception, Prince Harry asked if anyone there knew how to play the piano.
John then surprised everyone by getting up and playing four songs: “Your Song,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Circle of Life,” and “I’m Still Standing.”
John is a friend of the royal family and previously attended the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Next: This actor has nothing but great things to say about Meghan Markle.
Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre also attended the lavish nuptials. | Gareth Fuller/WPA Pool/Getty Images
Idris Elba attended the wedding with his fiancée, Sabrina Dhowre. According to Vanity Fair, at the event’s reception, Elba was a special guest DJ alongside Sam Totolee.
Elba has previously spoken about the fact that the Prince’s Trust changed his life, and he is now an ambassador for the charity. He has spoken quite highly of Meghan Markle as well. “Meghan Markle, as a person, regardless of her colour, is a role model,” he said. “As a strong woman marrying into our Royal Family, she’s going to be a role model for any woman.”
Next: This late night talk show host was at the royal wedding.
James Corden was among the celebrity guests. | Toby Melville/AFP/Getty Images
Comedian and late-night talk show host James Corden attended the wedding along with his wife, Julia Carey. According to TMZ, Corden got an invite because he has been friends with Prince Harry for years.
Corden’s producing partner, Ben Winston, also got an invite.
Next: This stylish celebrity couple attended the royal wedding as well.
David and Victoria Beckham
The stunning celebrity couple showed off their fashion sense at the wedding. | Chris Radburn/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
David Beckham attended the royal wedding alongside his wife, Victoria Beckham. This was not hugely surprising, as the Beckhams are longtime friends of the royal family.
The Beckhams also previously attended the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Next: Another athlete (and one of Markle’s close friends) also attended the wedding.
Markle’s close friend Serena Williams arrived with her husband Alexis Ohanian. | Ian Wes /POOL/AFP
Serena Williams attended the wedding alongside her husband, Alexis Ohanian. Williams scored an invite because she is good friends with Meghan Markle. According to Vanity Fair, the two met at the Super Bowl in 2010 and hit it off right away.
Williams told Vanity Fair that she gave Markle some advice about handling the spotlight. “I told her, ‘You’ve got to be who you are, Meghan,” Williams said. “You can’t hide.’”
Next: These celebrities have previously worked with Markle.
The cast of Suits
Gina Torres and other Suits cast members also scored invites to the event. | Ian West/WPA Pool/Getty Images
As you would expect, many of Markle’s old Suits colleagues were at the royal wedding. These included Gina Torres, Rick Hoffman, Gabriel Macht, Jacinda Barrett, Abigail Spencer, Sarah Rafferty, and Patrick J. Adams.
According to Harper’s Bazaar, the cast actually wasn’t invited to the private evening party after the wedding, but they did get to go to the afternoon reception. They also all had dinner together the night before the wedding.
Next: Some other celebrities who were there (and some who surprisingly weren’t).
Other celebrities who were at the wedding
Priyanka Chopra, one of Markle’s best friends, dressed to the nines for the occasion. | Chris Jackson/POOL/AFP
In addition to the ones mentioned above, some of the other celebrity guests at the wedding were:
- Joss Stone
There were also some celebrities who many predicted would be at the wedding but were not there, such as Rhianna, Angelina Jolie, Cara Delevingne, and Eddie Redmayne.
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