Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stunned concertgoers at Elton John’s ultimate present Sunday evening earlier than his retirement.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex thanked John for “being a pal” to them, their kids and Harry’s late mother Princess Diana in a pre-taped message.
“Hello Elton, we simply needed to say congratulations,” Markle mentioned within the video, in line with Folks journal.
“And thanks for entertaining all people for thus many a long time,” Harry added. “Thanks for being the pal that you simply have been for my mum, thanks for being our pal. Thanks for being a pal to our youngsters and thanks for entertaining individuals proper around the globe.”
“Although that is formally your retirement, this won’t be your final gig, we all know that. However we love you and congratulations on an unimaginable profession,” he completed.
Prince Harry and Markle have lengthy been mates with John. The musician carried out on the couple’s marriage ceremony in 2018.
The live performance, which streamed reside on Disney+, was the final of a three-night stand on the stadium (and his 103rd present within the LA space, he advised the group). The Farewell Yellow Brick Street tour started in September 2018 with the primary of the 300-plus scheduled dates. It was suspended in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic and resumed in 2021.
For the live performance Sunday evening at Dodger stadium, John was joined by musicians Brandi Carlile, Kiki Dee and Dua Lipa.
The group of greater than 50,000 roared in the meanwhile within the final minutes of the ultimate North American live performance of a tour John says will probably be his final.
“I need to spend time with my household as a result of I’ll be 76 subsequent 12 months, he mentioned. “I need to carry them out and present you why I’m retiring.”
He embraced and kissed his husband, David Furnish, whereas his two sons, 11-year-old Zachary and 9-year-old Elijah, carrying matching Dodgers jackets that learn “Elton” on the again, waved gleefully on the crowd.
John then broke into “Goodbye Yellow Brick Street,” the inevitable ultimate track that gave the tour its identify.
In January, John heads to Australia and New Zealand, then strikes on to Britain and Europe. He is set to conclude in Sweden in July, although he is made it clear he’s solely accomplished touring, not making music.
The Related Press contributed to this report.