Elton John Will Never Play 'Candle In The Wind' In Front Of William And Harry After Performing It At Princess Diana's Funeral

Date November 19, 2019

A version of Elton John's song, Candle in the Wind, was played during Princess Diana's funeral as a tribute to her life and a way for the singer to say goodbye.

The Princess of Wales' sudden death on August 31, 1997, had the nation, and the world, reeling. On September 6th of the same year, exactly a week after the horrific car crash that took her life, her funeral was held.

According to The Sun, thousands of people attended the event which took place in Westminster Abbey including the royal's distraught sons Princes William and Harry who walked behind their late mother's coffin.

Elton John Will Never Play 'Candle In The Wind' In Front Of William And Harry After Performing It At Princess Diana's FuneralGetty Images / Ideal Image

The then Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey led the service and Elton John performed his heartrending song.

Since Princess Diana's funeral, Elton John won't sing the song in front of her sons

In an interview with Billboard, Elton John said that he will not sing Candle in the Wind in front of the late Princess Diana's sons, William and Harry.

He told the publication that he preferred not to have made the record at all, despite its chart-topping success at the time. He would rather have his friend still alive but he had to accept how things turned out.

The singer confirmed that the song raised 37 million pounds for Diana's foundation because he gave up his writing credits.

It was a memento of grief and love for her.

He then went on to add that he didn't play the song on tour for a couple of years "because it was too close to home."

Other than at Princess Diana’s funeral, I’ve never, ever played it in front of Prince William or Prince Harry. Even the Marilyn Monroe version, I wouldn’t play it in front of them.

Candle in the Wind by Elton John

Possibly one of the most powerful goodbye songs out there, Elton John's Candle in the Wind resonates with anyone that has had to go through a major loss.

Check out the singer's performance.

Losing a close friend must have been very tough for Sir Elton John and it's totally understandable that the music brings back memories for him. His decision to avoid playing it around Diana's sons show how considerate he is as he's sure it will also evoke some strong feelings in them as well.

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