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Elton John Speaks Out About Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding

"It felt like progress had been made. Thank God."
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Two months after Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle, Sir Elton John still isn't over the powerful marriage ceremony (and honestly, neither are we.)

"It was very, very wonderful to be there. 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," John told CNN in a new interview.

"You go back and watch The Crown and things like that, and in the 1950s Princess Margaret wasn't allowed to get married (to Group Captain Peter Townsend) because he was divorced. Look how far we have come in that respect."

John, who was a close friend of Prince Harry's mother, Princess Diana, was not only a guest at the royal wedding this spring, but he also performed at the reception, singing a number of songs including "Tiny Dancer" and "Circle of Life."

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Over the years, John and Prince Harry have also become quite good friends, bonding not only over Princess Diana, but also their work in the global fight against AIDS. Just this week, at the International AIDS conference AIDS2018, Harry and Sir Elton announced the MenStar Coalition, a billion-dollar project, which will focus on "delivering effective HIV/AIDS services for men," including increased testing and treatment of the disease.

“Inspired by the growing alarm at the rate of new HIV infections among young women, the MenStar coalition is bravely tackling the root cause of this problem—the lack of awareness of HIV prevention amongst hard-to-reach young men," the Duke of Sussex said in a speech at the conference.

"Too many around the world are still ignoring the damaging knock-on effect on education and other community services from not prioritizing HIV prevention and treatment."

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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