Sir Elton John was surprised by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to vacate their senior royal responsibilities.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have become dear to the musician in recent years, having known Harry his entire life through his cherished bond with Princess Diana, and even lending the couple his French Riviera home and private plane.
The first that Sir Elton John learned of the details and timing of Harry and Meghan’s intentions were when the news went up on their Instagram.
But the bombshell decision that has shaken the royal family and threatened to widen the gulf between the Cambridges and Sussexes came as a surprise to him and was described as a rock to the royal rebels, with Sir Elton John defending the couple, following the backlash over their use of four private planes in 11 days, calling Princess Diana one of his dearest friends, whose family he felt a heartfelt sense of duty to defend.
A royal insider said that Sir Elton John talks to Harry and Meghan every day and that he’s an inspiration, an almost maternal figure, and that he was continuous support, particularly to Meghan, and is highly protective of them both.
He’s been their rock, but while he would never tell them what to do, he’s been a listening ear and support throughout.
Harry and Meghan’s plan to quit as senior Royal has broadened the gulf between the two siblings, with William understood to be incandescent over his brother’s blindsiding of the Family.
William said that he’s put his arm around his brother their entire lives and that he couldn’t do it anymore and that they were now separate entities.
William further talked of his disappointment that Harry was no longer part of the team by choosing to become financially independent, yet he hoped that there would come a time when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would be singing from the same page once again.
The Queen was also pictured ashen-faced behind the wheel of her Land Rover and is said to be concerned for the mental delicacy of her grandson Harry.
It also surfaced that the Duke of Sussex pulled the trigger on his abdication decision because he feared his wife, who had not settled well in the United Kingdom, was on the verge and could suffer a meltdown if she remained in the country permanently.
Anxious to circumvent intensifying an already tense situation, the Royal Family is keen to tread gingerly, and there’s no suggestion that they will be punished or stripped of their Royal titles or HRH standing, and that everyone wanted to attain a solution as quickly as possible.
It was said that Sir Elton John talks to Harry and Meghan every day but that he was surprised that he wasn’t told, well, some things are best left unsaid, and what has it got to do with him anyway?
Perhaps Sir Elton John was being extremely diplomatic because he must know that if he said anything, they would discard him because they have new friends with bigger homes, yachts and private jets.
We shouldn’t be surprised that Elton was surprised. Let’s face it, it was surprising news, which was surprisingly surprising.
Princess Diana had a no barred interview too when there were three in their marriage, and it gave her the divorce and the independence she needed.
She was also on a similar path as Harry is now. Her presence was worth a lot of money at charity functions in the US. Her dresses were auctioned and she also capitalised on her name.
Harry is following in his mother’s footsteps, so we should all stop the hostility and let him settle down and set out his own life.
At least he married for love and not just to produce an heir to the throne.
Sir Elton John needs to worry about his own life, and when did he stop being a pop star and then turned into some sort of social commentator?
The Queen has broken rules several times to make Meghan feel welcome and that’s absolutely magnificent, but sometimes the saying ‘where I lay my hat’ isn’t always true. Meghan must have been feeling extremely homesick and it was a huge adjustment for her.
However, Prince Harry will struggle with his new life, and he will also find life a bit challenging.
The couple and their baby Archie moved to Los Angeles after a few months in Canada, following their decision to step down as senior members of the Royal Family officially on March 31.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the trio left Canada for the States where Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland lives. But a royal source claimed that Harry is appearing to be thinking twice about his long term stay there and will not apply for a green card or US citizenship in the foreseeable future.
And there have been concerns over Prince Harry during the coronavirus crisis as he self isolates with Meghan, and there were concerns that Harry has no sense of purpose and no stabilising family influence during the crisis.
Harry is someone who’s really connected to his family, it’s all he’s ever known.
He had his life with his mum and dad and then he had his life with his mum and dad separately, then he lost his mum and so he was left with his dad and Prince William.
It was further reported Prince Harry would discontinue hunting as his wife Meghan didn’t like it, so that’s over for him as well, and he may struggle in Los Angeles without his friends around him. Meghan, however, has her mum on hand in California’s View Park, but that also compares to how Meghan must have felt in the United Kingdom.
It was also reported that Prince Harry and Meghan looked at a home in the same Californian community Princess Diana once intended to live, and the couple are said to be house hunting in the Malibu, Pacific Palisades and the Pacific Coast Highway corridor of Los Angeles.
However, Prince Harry might have lots more to keep him occupied in future if speculation about them having another baby proves to have any basis, and it was reported that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would like to see their family progress as they navigate life after royalty.
A source told US Weekly that they want another child, but the couple is said to want to wait a few months first because they’re still enjoying precious days with their son Archie, but that they’ve committed to having another baby, but don’t want to put too much pressure on the situation.