Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Pay Tribute to Elton John

DUSSELDORF, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 06: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at the town hall during the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023 - One Year To Go events, on September 06, 2022 in Dusseldorf, Germany. The Invictus Games is an international multi-sport event first held in 2014, for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both serving and veterans. The Games were founded by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex who's inspiration came from his visit to the Warrior Games in the United States, where he witnessed the ability of sport to help both psychologically and physically. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared a heartfelt message about Elton John at his farewell concert on Nov. 20. The couple were part of a compilation video that showed celebrities paying tribute to the iconic singer ahead of his show at the Dodgers Stadium in LA, which aired on Disney+.

In the clip, Harry takes a moment to thank John for his friendship, particularly with his family. “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,” Harry says. John’s friendship with Princess Diana has been well publicized, as the two shared a special bond right up until her death in 1997. John extended that friendship to Harry and Prince William and, as Harry highlights, now to Harry’s own children, Archie and Lilibet.

“We just want to say congratulations and that we are just so proud of you, so grateful that we were able to see you on your farewell tour also,” Markle says in the clip. The short message, which was featured in between messages from Tony Bennett and Joe Biden, also includes a little subtle teasing from Harry. “Thank you for entertaining people right around the world,” he says. “Even though this is officially your retirement, this will not be your last gig, we know that! But we love you, and congratulations on an incredible career.”

The message ends with Markle leaning her head on Harry’s shoulder and blowing a kiss to the camera in a united display of affection. The couple, whose Netflix docuseries is expected to air in December, appeared to film the clip outside of the Archewell offices, their organization that is also behind Markle’s “Archetypes” podcast series. As rumors of tensions continue to circulate the royal family, John’s friendship to Harry and Markle has been a constant that is clearly very dear to them both.


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