Royal surprise! Prince Harry and Megan Markle sent a loving shout-out to Sir Elton John at one of his farewell concerts – and showed a rare display of affection in the process.
“Hi Elton, we just want to congratulate you,” says the 41-year-old To grab said alum in their tribute, which was played before the 75-year-old Grammy winner’s performance at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 20. “And we are just so proud of you. We are so grateful to have seen you on your farewell tour as well.”
Harry, 38, chimed in with another personal message. “Thank you for entertaining everyone for so many decades,” he said. “Thank you for being the friend you were to my mother, [the late Princess Diana], thank you for being our friend. Thank you for being a friend to our kids and thank you for entertaining people around the world. Even though this is officially your retirement, this won’t be your last gig, we know that. But we love you and congratulate you on an incredible career.”
As the Sussexes signed off, Meghan gently rested her head on her husband’s shoulder.
The video aired as part of Disney+’s Countdown to Elton Livewhich was broadcast shortly before Elton John Live: Farewell to Dodger Stadium started streaming on Sunday night. The pre-show included interviews with the “Rocket Man” singer and his husband, David Furnisand more of their famous friends – van Tony Bennett to chairman Joe Biden.
Harry and the California native have a long history with John performing at the couple’s royal wedding in May 2018. The following year, the Duke and Duchess paid the musician a visit to his home in the South of France.
however, the Reserve author and Meghan aren’t the only British royals whose inner circle includes John. As Harry mentioned in the couple’s clip, the “I’m Still Standing” crooner had a special bond with Diana before her death at age 36. He honored his friend with a special version of his song “Candle in the Wind” on her August. Funeral from 1997, with the rewritten tune ‘Goodbye England’s Rose’. John vowed never to play the updated rendition again unless told otherwise by Harry or prince william.
Earlier this year, the composer performed as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s landmark Platinum Jubilee in June. The bash celebrated the late monarch’s historic 70 years on the throne just three months before she passed away on Sept. 8.
John did not appear live at the Platinum Jubilee due to conflicts with his tour schedule. The ‘Your Song’ artist has said he plans to retire after wrapping up his Goodbye Yellow Brick Road tour, which began in 2018. Sunday’s concert in Los Angeles marked his last performance in North America.
Furnish, who is also the UK resident’s manager, recently opened up about what his husband’s retirement means for their future. The couple have been married since 2014 and have sons Zachary and Elijah.
“I think the most important thing, and the most important thing to us, is what this means for our family,” Furnish shared. Billboard earlier this month. “Because as long as I’ve known Elton, he’s been on the road doing 90 to 100 shows a year. It’s a big commitment. Time, travel, rest between shows. And now we have two beautiful sons; they turn 12 and 10. And we were able to take them in the beginning. And now they have their own lives. And that is very important that they continue to live their own lives, their own identities, so that their lives are not defined by their father’s career.”