Elton John Will Perform at the Royal Wedding
Rocket Man is headed to Windsor. Elton John will perform at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding this weekend, TMZ reports. Though there’s no official word from Kensington Palace yet, TMZ theorizes John could perform at the church ceremony (which will be televized) at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday morning or at the private reception at Frogmore House that evening.
John is a longtime friend of the royal family, particularly Princess Diana. He performed a devastating version of “Candle in the Wind” at her funeral.
Since then, John has maintained a close friendship with her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. John told ITV earlier this year, “Both of those boys are very special to me because of their mother.” The 71-year-old said when he vacationed in Sicily with Harry last summer, he could “tell he was totally in love” with Markle. “Both of those boys seem to be ecstatically happy and that’s all you want people to be.” Watch the interview in full below.
To mark the 20-year anniversary of Princess Diana’s death last year, John and Harry discussed Diana’s legacy as an AIDS advocate, at a time when patients were still ostracized, in the HBO documentary, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy. Harry has continued her work today through various initiatives and collaborates regularly with John for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “She had that incredible ability—which [Harry] kind of inherited—to make people feel at ease and make them feel that everything’s gonna be all right,” John said in the doc. “I haven’t experienced many people in my life who have that ability, but she could walk into a room of people and make them feel as if everything was great.”
John also attended the 2011 nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton, though he did not perform.
Check out the full list of royal wedding performers right here.
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