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22 February 2024

Elton not expecting invitation to royal wedding

Prince William and his fiance Miss Catherine Middleton, Elton-John. (AGENCIES)

By Reuters

Elton John may have been very close to the late Princess Diana, but the singer says he is not counting on getting an invitation to her son William's upcoming wedding.

Prince William is due to marry long-time girlfriend Kate Middleton on April 20 at Westminster Abbey in London.

"I think because of my relationship with Princess Diana, people automatically think I'm going to be invited," John said.

"I just wish them the happiest of lives together," he said of the young couple.

"They seem very happy. He's a really terrific man, William, and he's going to be a great king."

John sang a rewritten version of his hit song Candle In The Wind at Diana's funeral in 1997 after her death in a Paris car crash.

He was friends with the princess, but says he does not know her sons William and Harry well.

"I'm not invited to the wedding, I would not expect to be invited to the wedding," he said.

"I don't really know the boys at all. I met the boys and had lunch with them when their mother was alive. I re-met them again when I did the concert for Diana a couple of years ago - the memorial concert.

"They're tremendous boys, but I don't know them (so) it would be presumptuous of me to even talk about them.

"They are great boys, their mum would be very proud of them," he continued.

"These boys are their own people, they have their own friends, and I just hope that they (the couple) have the best day and its sunny and it's a great occasion for them."