Sir Elton John is one of the many celebrities who'll be attending the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton this Friday, April 29th. While some have dismissed the nuptials as just an over-the-top spectacle, Elton sees the benefit in making a big deal out of the young couple's big day. On Good Morning America on Monday, April 25th, Elton told Barbara Walters, "Yeah, it is a fairytale thing, and people criticize it and say we're making too much of it. But it's about love. And in this day and age, anything that's about love and and positivity is a welcome relief from what's going on in the world."
The last time Elton was in Westminster Abbey, the legendary cathedral where Will and Kate will say their vows, it was for the funeral of William's mother, Princess Diana, who was a close friend of Elton's. He told Walters, "The last time we were [there]...my heart sank when I saw those two young boys walking behind the coffin. I thought that was the hardest thing...and [now], it's a scene walking up the aisle with a beautiful woman and the love of his life...I'm sure Diana would be very, very happy about it."
Elton is concerned, however, about all the press attention that Kate will get now that she's a member of the royal family. He warned, "The press are gonna give you a bumpy ride. They're gonna love you, they're gonna hate you," adding, "I just hope they love each other to stay away from all that." In fact, Elton says that he's ashamed at the "negativity" that pervades so much of the British press. Elton himself has sued several British papers over the years for the things they've printed about him, and won several times. He said on Good Morning America, "I'm sorry we have [that nastiness], but we do, and we have to live with it because it's a great country. But it's one thing about Britain that sucks."
By the way, Elton has only met Prince William twice. He's being invited more for his long association with the royal family than for any personal connection to the prince. And let's not forget, he is a knight.