Elton John opens up about why Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding "felt like progress"

By Meaghan Wray

Sir Elton John couldn't help but rave about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s royal wedding, which will go down in history for the "progress" that it made. The legendary singer and friend of the Royal Family, who performed at the couple's lunchtime reception, told CNN why their nuptials were so meaningful, gushing about the political and cultural significance of Prince Harry and Meghan's union on May 19 in Windsor.

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“It was very, very wonderful to be there," said the "Candle In The Wind" singer. "To have a black gospel choir, a multiracial bride, a black cellist, who was wonderful, a preacher – it felt like a party, and it felt like progress had been made. Thank god, thank god.”

Elton waved happily to fans at Harry and Meghan's wedding. Photo: © Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage

The singer – who was knighted in 1998 – has a long history with the British Royals, having been very close with Prince Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana. As the first openly gay musician to have been knighted by the Queen, Elton knows a thing or two about making progress. The 71-year-old was chosen by Her Majesty to perform three songs at the Sussexes' wedding reception at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Hall.

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“To be at the first multiracial wedding in Britain – amazing,” he continued to the outlet. “You go back and watch The Crown and things like that, and in the 1950s Princess Margaret wasn’t allowed to get married [to Peter Townsend] because he was divorced. Look how far we have come in that respect.”

Elton and Harry shared a hug in Amsterdam. Photo: © Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images

Harry and Elton had another beautiful reunion this week on Tuesday (July 24), where their charity work crossed paths. The two were on hand in Amsterdam to attend the International Aids Conference, AIDS2018, and announce the launch of their MenStar Coalition project, a billion-dollar global partnership aimed at supporting those with HIV and eradicating AIDS by 2013. The coalition will kick off by starting a new HIV self-testing campaign aimed at young men in Kenya.

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