Elton John shares throwback photo of close friend Princess Diana

By Sharnaz Shahid

Elton John has shared a sweet throwback picture of himself with Princess Diana ahead of the UK premiere of the new documentary, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy. The 70-year-old, a close friend of the late princess, will join Prince William and Prince Harry in the one-off special, which celebrates the life and work of the Princess twenty years after her death. Alongside the photo, Elton wrote: "I share my memories of Princess Diana and her vital charity work tonight on #DianaOurMother, 9pm on @itv. As an AIDS activist, she changed so much for so many and will never be forgotten."

In a teaser from the show, Elton discussed the late royal's incredible work as an AIDS activist. He recalled the moment she shook hands with a patient at Britain's first Aids unit at London's Middlesex Hospital in 1987. Sir Elton said: "It was considered to be a gay disease and for someone who was within the Royal Family and who was a woman, and who was straight, to have someone care from the other side, was an incredible gift."

Taking a look through some archives of Diana's pictures, Elton added: "Look at her face. In every photo there's a positive, wonderful smile. Also she had that incredible ability, which he kind of inherited - and I told him that, and he said thanks very much - to make people feel at ease and make them feel that everything's going to be all right. I haven't experienced many people in my life who have that ability, but she could walk into a room of people and make them feel as if everything was great." Following in his mother's footsteps, Harry has become a prominent HIV and AIDS campaigner through his charity Sentebale set up in 2006 to help children in Africa.

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