The Sweet Reason Why Elton John Performed at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding
The Rocketman himself performed at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. Sir Elton John is no stranger to the Windsors, considering the musical mastermind was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II back in 1998. But what calls for Elton John to perform at the royal wedding? Follow along to find out the sweet reasoning behind the big performance.
1. Elton and Princess Diana were incredibly close
It was at Prince Andrew’s 21st birthday party in 1981 when the late Princess Diana and Elton became fast friends. He was performing at the shindig, and the royal family (including Queen Elizabeth II) danced well into the night. Despite a rocky chunk of time amid a controversial coffee table book quarrel, Princess Diana and Elton rekindled their friendship after mutual friend Gianni Versace’s death.
Next: The two worked well together.
2. They were both dedicated to raising awareness around AIDS
Both Elton and Princess Diana worked well together, each going above and beyond to seek out research and raise awareness surrounding AIDS and HIV. During an interview, Elton explained that while Princess Diana was a controversial figure, he “loved her because she did so much for AIDS and she was a great friend to me.”
Next: After Princess Diana died, he stayed close to the royal family.
3. Elton is a huge support for Prince Harry
Over the years, Elton’s connection with Prince Harry has remained very close. Since Princess Diana died, Harry was comforted by Elton as he helped facilitate keeping the memories and legacy of the late Princess and their mother alive. Elton recounts the first time he met Prince Harry:
I first met an extremely shy and sweet Prince Harry at a private lunch at Kensington Palace, given by his mother Princess Diana for Gianni Versace and me many years ago. What a joy it has been to see that young boy grow to inherit his mother’s warmth, sense of humor and courage to stand up and champion the causes he truly believes in.
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4. He performed at Princess Diana’s funeral
Elton rewrote his famous “Candle in the Wind” to honor Princess Diana after her death. He performed the rendition aptly named “Goodbye England’s Rose” at her funeral on Sept. 6, 1997. Reflecting on that day, Elton told The Telegraph:
Me playing at the funeral was one of the most surreal things I have ever done. What was going through my mind was ‘Don’t sing a wrong note. Be stoic. Don’t break down and just do it to the best you can possibly do it without showing any emotion whatsoever. My heart was beating quite a lot, I have to say.
Next: Elton and the royal family
5. His ties to the royal family run deep
Elton’s relationship with the British royal family dates back as far as the 1970s. He and Princess Margaret were close friends, even visiting art exhibits and concerts alongside one another. According to the Press Association, “He had remained for years on the guest list to parties at Buckingham Palace and, again according to reports, at one such event jived with the Queen to Bill Haley’s hit ‘Rock Around The Clock.'”
Next: The sweet reason Elton performed at the Harry and Meghan’s wedding
6. His performance was an ode to Princess Diana
In 2017, Elton and Prince Harry spent some time together in Sicily. That’s when Prince Harry shared with Elton that he was in love with Markle. In consideration of his close relationship with Princess Diana, Elton’s performance at Harry and Meghan’s nuptials not only honored the newlyweds but also helped to bridge the gap between the missing link: his late mother.
Next: Some people expected this to happen.
7. He canceled his Vegas show to perform at the royal wedding
Elton’s Farewell Tour has die-hard fans a bit torn up, so it comes as no surprise that when he canceled some of his tour dates a while ago, rumors began to swirl. It was simply unlike Elton, who fully dedicates himself to a tour. Needless to say, the rumor mill was right, and viewers around the world sat on the edge of their seats as they watched the royal wedding unfold, accompanied by the one and only Sir Elton John.