HomeExplainerWhy Elton John nearly didn't perform at Princess Diana's funeral

Why Elton John nearly didn’t perform at Princess Diana’s funeral

Elton John
Elton John

Buckingham Palace didn’t want Elton John to perform at Princess Diana’s funeral, according to government documents released by the British national archives this week.

Why Elton John nearly didn’t perform at Princess Diana’s funeral

Elton John, who had been close friends with Princess Diana performed a reworked version of “Candle In The Wind,” a song that was originally written in memory of Marilyn Monroe, at Diana’s funeral in 1997.

The singer-songwriter and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin changed the first line of the song from “Goodbye Norma Jean” (Monroe’s real name) to “Goodbye England’s rose.”

However, the contents of the archival government documents which were first reported on by Sky News state that senior members of the royal household believed the lyrics to “Candle in The Wind” were “too sentimental” for the occasion.

Westminster Abbey; the royal church where Diana’s funeral took place had a solo saxophonist on standby to perform the song in the event that the palace refused to allow John to perform.

David Kofi Teihttps://ghanafuo.com/author/davidtei
Editor at Ghanafuo.com – David Kofi Tei, is a passionate Public Relations Lead/Journalist who mostly specializes in providing a high level of research, reporting, interviewing and broadcasting skills. He possesses in-depth Sports Journalism experience with a proven record of achievements in creating and delivering high quality engaging media content. He has also interviewed a plethora of sporting personalities.

Related Articles

- Advertisement -