Prince Harry had a question for Elton John at the royal wedding reception – now the words have been revealed

Sir Elton John was a close friend of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and produced a memorable performance at her funeral.

21 years later, with Diana’s youngest son, Prince Harry, getting married, speculation arose as to whether or not Elton would perform on the day. There were plenty of questions posed in newspapers, particularly in the days leading up the royal wedding at St. George’s chapel, Windsor, last Saturday.

Of course, Elton John was in attendance for the ceremony, but he didn’t perform. Viewers (of which there were an estimated two billion worldwide) were instead treated to a truly captivating speech from American preacher Michael Curry and a stellar performance from a gospel choir.

At the wedding reception, Elton was introduced by Prince Harry shortly after his speech. Now, the prince’s words to the world-famous artist have been revealed, as per the Daily Mail.

Elton John has long been a friend of the British royal family. He was one of 600 guests invited to the reception at St. George’s Hall, Windsor Castle that Queen Elizabeth hosted in the wake of Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle.

Having been a close friend of Princess Diana’s, before her untimely death in 1997, John gave a heart-wrenching rendition of Candle in the Wind at her funeral.


Prince Harry and Elton John have a close relationship that goes back many years. The two first met in 1997, shortly after the tragic death of Princess Diana, when Elton John performed a special version of his song “Candle in the Wind” at her funeral.

In the years since, they have remained friends and have worked together on various charitable causes, including HIV/AIDS awareness and support for LGBTQ+ communities.

According to The Mirror, Elton is said to speak with Harry and Meghan ”every day” and is almost a ”parental figure” to them both. Sir Elton John was also a close friend of Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, and he has spoken publicly about his admiration for Harry and his brother, Prince William.

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In his memoir Spare, Prince Harry openly expressed his affection for the 74-year-old music legend, Sir Elton John. He wrote that he cherished their friendship, saying, “I loved him then, I love him now, and I’ll always love him.”

Their strong bond was evident in a heartfelt clip that Prince Harry recorded ahead of Elton John’s concert special, Elton John Live: Farewell From Dodger Stadium.

In the clip, Harry thanked Elton for his friendship with his mother, Princess Diana, and for being a dear friend to Harry and his family. He expressed his gratitude for Elton’s support and affection, saying “Thank you for being our friend, thank you for being a friend to our kids… we love you.”

Sir Elton John and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the Launch of the Menstar Coalition To Promote HIV Testing & Treatment of Men on July 24, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for EJAF)

Harry’s words showcase the deep bond that he and Elton share, and their enduring friendship that has stood the test of time. Despite the challenges that life has thrown their way, their love and respect for each other have remained constant, and their connection is a true testament to the power of enduring friendships.

Perhaps this was most evident during one of the biggest moments in Prince Harry’s life. In 2018, the legendary performer was part of an all-star cast attending the wedding of Diana’s youngest son, and at the subsequent reception was asked a rather special question by the prince.

According to reports, following a great speech delivered by Harry himself, the prince asked “does anyone here know how to play the piano?”

With the words aimed at Elton John, there could be no mistaking what was to occur next. The legendary singer/song writer stood up a short time later and went to the piano.

It was a pleasant surprise to most people, with the 76-year-old performing some magical songs for the newlyweds.

The Daily Mail say that he played such classics as “Your Song”, “Tiny Dancer”, “Circle of Life” and “I’m Still Standing”. We can only imagine the rest of the guests must have enjoyed the show! What a beautiful gift for the bride and groom.

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Back in 2005, John made a classic appearance with Just Your Song. Enjoy the video below and imagine how good it must have been to hear him live at the royal wedding reception.

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