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Elton John Was Blown Away by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Historic Royal Wedding

"It felt like progress had been made," he said of their union.

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It's been over two months since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot, but their monumental big day is still moving the world. Elton John—a dear friend to the royal family—recently vocalized his feelings about the royal wedding at the 2018 International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, which he co-hosted with the Duke of Sussex. His sentiments sum up exactly how so many of us feel about the duo's courtship, wedding, and now, marriage.

 

"It was very, very wonderful to be there," the singer, who sang three hit songs at the duo's lunch reception, told CNN. "To have a black gospel choir, a multiracial bride, a black cellist, who was wonderful, a preacher—it felt like a party," he explained. Most importantly, though, "it felt like progress had been made," he continued, before referring to the fact that, at one point, not every royal was able to marry the person they loved. "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."

 

Related: All the Ways Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Modernized Royal Weddings

 

John attributes much of this historic change to Queen Elizabeth II. "To be at the first multiracial royal wedding in Britain—amazing," he said. "I think the Queen had a lot to do with it. I think she's been magnificent. It was a wonderful thing to be at."

 

Progress wasn't the only thing that felt tangible at St. George's Chapel that day—so was the love that Prince Harry and Markle have for each other, added John's husband, David Furnish: "What was so inspiring, and it sounds corny, but, true love is what really shone through and that's what everybody felt, the sincerity and the integrity of that true love on the day. And it shows that institutions like the monarchy can evolve with the times."