Prince Harry thanks Elton John for 'being a friend to his mum' ahead of farewell

Prince Harry thanks Elton John for 'being a friend to his mum' ahead of farewell

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Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle sent the sweetest message to their friend Sir Elton John, ahead of the iconic musician’s farewell concert at Dodger Stadium in LA.

The Tiny Dancer hitmaker, 75, closed out his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour in North America on Sunday, with fans and friends of the star celebrating his incredible career.

In a heartfelt video message that played before Sir Elton took to the stage, Harry thanked the star for being a friend to him, his late mother Princess Diana, and his and Meghan’s children Archie and Lilibet.

Meghan said: ‘We just wanted to say congratulations and that we are just so proud of you. We are so grateful that we were able to see you on your farewell tour also.’

Harry added: ‘Thank you for entertaining everybody for so many decades.

‘Thank you for being the friend that you were to my mum. Thank you for being our friend and 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, but we love you, and congratulations on an incredible career.’

Sir Elton famously performed at Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997, after she was killed in a car crash, and changed the lyrics to his song Candle In The Wind to reflect her life.

He and Harry have remained close friends.

David Beckham also appeared in a pre-recorded message, saying: ‘What an incredible, incredible career. We are so proud we can call you our friend and the godfather of our children.’

His wife Victoria Beckham added: ‘We love you so much. I’m sure tonight will be a super emotional night.’

President Joe Biden, who appeared with his wife, first lady Jill Biden, said: ‘Your advocacy has literally saved millions of lives.

‘On behalf of the American people, thank you for moving the soul of our nation, thank you.’

Stars like Katy Perry, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Sting, Dolly Parton, Lil Nas X, Bette Midler, Lionel Richie, Billie Eilish, John Legend, The Killers, Ed Sheeran and Joni Mitchell also paid tribute to Sir Elton.

The iconic musician has admitted he was ’emotional’ during his last gig in the US.

‘Tonight is a very special night. We are creating history tonight, with the first ever global livestream. I’m so glad to see you, Dodger Stadium,’ Sir Elton told the packed-out crowd at the 56,000-seat arena. 

He later added that ‘without America, I wouldn’t be here’. 

After thanking crew members and bringing his longtime collaborator and friend Bernie Taupin on-stage to share the applause, Sir Elton explained that he was bringing his touring to a close to spend more time with his family. 

‘I wish you love and prosperity,’ he said before beginning Goodbye Yellow Brick Road as his final number. 

With his LA shows concluded, Sir Elton will next visit Australia and New Zealand before embarking on European tour dates.

The run will end with two special concerts at Vicarage Road, the home of Watford Football Club of which Sir Elton became chairman in 1976, on July 3 and 4, 2023.

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