Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared a personal message with Sir Elton John ahead of his farewell concert at the Dodgers Stadium last night.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were featured in a compilation video showing stars paying tribute to Sir Elton ahead of the gig, which aired live on Disney+.
In the clip, which appeared to have been filmed at the couple’s Archewell offices, Prince Harry said: ‘Thankyou for being the friend that you were to my mum. Thankyou for being our friend, thankyou for being a friend to our kids.’
The couple have grown close with the singer in recent years, having known Harry his whole life through his ‘dear’ friendship with Princess Diana, and even lending the couple his French Riviera home and private jet in 2019.
Prince Harry, 38, and Meghan Markle, 41, shared a personal message with Sir Elton John ahead of his farewell concert at the Dodgers Stadium last night
The couple have grown close with the singer in recent years, having known Harry his whole life through his ‘dear’ friendship with Princess Diana
In the clip, Prince Harry was dressed in a relaxed blue suit and white shirt, while Meghan was wearing a dark brown top.
It appeared to have been filmed at their Archewell offices, and in the background a pair of double doors featuring their foundation’s logo could be seen.
The couple both said ‘Hi Elton’ before Meghan said: ‘We just wanted to say congratulations!
‘We are just so proud of you and so grateful that we were able to see you on your farewell tour also.’
In the clip, the couple paid tribute to the performer and thanked him his ongoing friendship (pictured)
Harry said: ‘Thankyou for entertaining everybody for so many decades. Thankyou for being the friend that you were to my mum.
‘Thankyou for being our friend, thankyou for being a friend to our kids and thankyou for entertaining people right around the world.
‘Even though this is officially your retirement, this will not be your last gig and we know that.
‘We love you and congratulations on your incredible career.’
The clip finished with Meghan placing her head onto Harry’s chest and blowing a kiss to the camera.
Famed musician Elton was good friends with Harry’s late mother Princess Diana and maintained a close relationship with the Duke after her death in 1997.
Famed musician Elton was good friends with Harry’s late mother Princess Diana and maintained a close relationship with the Duke after her death in 1997
Elton and David were also among the many celebrity guests invited to attend Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May 2018.
The Sussexes visited the £15million palatial home of Castel Mont-Alban owned by Sir Elton John and his husband David Furnish overlooking the Promenade des Anglais during their holiday to the French Riviera in August 2019.
The trip to Nice came shortly after Harry and Meghan had returned by private jet to the UK from Ibiza after a six-night break on the Spanish island to mark the Duchess’s 38th birthday.
Elton later released a statement defending the couple, saying he had paid for the private jet.
Elton and David were also among the many celebrity guests invited to attend Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May 2018
Described as a ‘rock’ to the royal rebels, Sir Elton defended the pair following the backlash over their use of four private jets in 11 days in 2019, calling Princess Diana one of his ‘dearest friends’ whose family he ‘felt a profound sense of obligation to protect.’
‘Elton speaks to Harry and Meghan every day. He’s an inspiration, an almost ‘motherly’ figure,’ a royal insider told the Mirror in 2020.
‘He is a constant support, especially to Meghan, and is very protective of them both,’ they added.
While a source close to Sir Elton added: ‘He has been their rock. So while he would never tell them what to do he has been a listening ear and support throughout.’
Filmmaker David, husband to musician Elton, was due to serve as an executive producer on Meghan’s first animated series Pearl.
Meanwhile sources previously said how Elton had become a ‘motherly’ figure to the couple (pictured at the Lion King premiere in July 2019)
While few details were released about the series, many believed the show was based – at least in part – on Markle’s own childhood, citing how she named the show and its title character Pearl, the origin meaning of her name.
David praised Meghan for her leadership skills while making the programme.
‘She’s a fantastic collaborator, amazing leader,’ said filmmaker David Furnish, 58, at the HELLO! Inspiration Awards.
‘And we’re just very, very excited to be working with, you know, someone is as influential and as supportive as Netflix.’
However, the project ended up being cancelled earlier this summer.