Meghan Markle and Prince Harry surprised onlookers at Elton John’s last show on Sunday night before his retirement.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex thanked John for “being a friend” to them, their children and Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, in a pre-recorded message.
“Hi Elton, we just wanted to congratulate you,” Markle said in the video, according to People magazine.
“And thank you for entertaining everyone for so many decades,” Harry added. “Thank you for being the friend you were to my mother, thank you for being our friend. Thank you for being the friend of our children and thank you for entertaining people around the world.”
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“Even though it’s officially your retirement, it won’t be your last gig, we know that. But we love you and congratulations on your amazing career,” he concluded.
Prince Harry and Markle have long been friends with John. The musician performed at the couple’s wedding in 2018.
The concert, streaming live on Disney+, was the last of a three-night adventure at the stadium (and his 103rd show in the Los Angeles area, he told the crowd). The Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour began in September 2018 with the first of over 300 scheduled dates. It was suspended in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic and resumed in 2021.
For Sunday night’s concert at Dodger Stadium, John was joined by musicians Brandi Carlile, Kiki Dee and Dua Lipa.
The crowd of more than 50,000 roared right now in the final minutes of the final North American gig of a tour John says will be his last.
“I want to spend time with my family because I’ll be 76 next year. I want to bring them out and show you why I’m retiring.”
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He hugged and kissed his husband, David Furnish, while his two sons, Zachary, 11, and Elijah, 9, wearing matching Dodgers jackets that read “Elton” on the back, happily waved to the crowd.
John then burst into “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, the inevitable closing song that gave the tour its name.
In January, John travels to Australia and New Zealand, then to Great Britain and Europe. He is due to finish in Sweden in July, although he has made it clear that he is only done traveling, not making music.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.