For months, it was reported that Elton John was invited to the upcoming Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. But that might not be true, exactly. As it was revealed by the soon-touring British musician himself, the invitation is either still in the mail or the Rocket Man wasn't invited.
In an interview with BBC Two, Elton John admitted that he wasn't yet invited to the Royal Wedding -- at least, to the best of his knowledge.
It was speculated that Elton John was not only attending the ceremony, but that he was going to perform at some point during the proceedings. But if that's true, then John didn't get the memo. Not that he's hurting for work at the moment or anything.
The music icon is currently in the midst of preparing his farewell tour, which will kick off in September in Allentown, PA and continue through 2021. The Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour is said to conclude John's 50-plus year career of touring around the world. Elton John admits he's giving up the touring life to spend more time with his boys. That seems pretty admirable, though Elton John's newest tour has received its fair share of scorn. Notably from his friend/fellow musician Rod Stewart.
Elton John wasn't the only musical act rumored to appear at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's upcoming nuptials. Reports also suggested both Ed Sheeran and the Spice Girls were invited. The Spice Girls, in particular, are expected to perform during the reception, according to Mel B, though that's not confirmed by the royal family. At this point, all bets are off. After all, if Elton John wasn't given the royal invite, that calls into question who is among the thousands of people expected to appear at the Windsor Castle on May 19th. In any case, no matter who gets the invite, anyone can watch it live.
Beyond his upcoming tour, Elton John keeps himself busy with other projects. He was an executive producer on last month's Sherlock Gnomes, which featured a good number of his signature tunes (or, at least, variations of them). John is also involved with Disney's upcoming remake of The Lion King. He also stole the show in a supporting role in last fall's Kingsman: The Golden Circle, where he played a fictional, foul-mouthed version of his persona. Elton John has also been involved, on-and-off, in telling his life story on the screen with Rocket Man, though it's unclear if that's still happening or not. In any case, even if the royal wedding invite falls through, Elton John is keeping himself plenty busy these days. It'll be their loss if they don't get him.
Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.
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