Prior to Elton John’s final performance in the United States for his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sent him a special note.
“Hi Elton, we just wanted to say congratulations,” the Duchess of Sussex said in a video played during Disney+’s Countdown to Elton Live ahead of its broadcast of his final show at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, which is the final North American date of his farewell tour. “And we are just so proud of you. We’re so grateful that we were able to see you on your farewell tour also.”
After offering his own congratulations, the prince added, “And thank you for entertaining everybody for so many decades. Thank you for being the friend that you were for my mum, thank you for being our friend. Thank you for being a friend to our kids and thank you for entertaining people right around the world.”
“Even though this is officially your retirement, this will not be your last gig, we know that,” Harry concluded. “But we love you and congratulations on an incredible career.”
Sir Elton and the late Princess Diana became friends long before Harry was born, when they were both invited to sing at Prince Andrew’s 21st birthday celebration in 1981. Elton remained close to Princess Diana for the rest of her life, and the singer is well-known for singing ‘Candle in the Wind 1997’ at her funeral in 1997. After the service, he released the studio version of the song, which immediately shot to No. 1 and spent 14 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.