Elton John on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding: "It Felt Like Progress Had Been Made"

Here's to parting with tradition!

Chris Jackson

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's May 19 royal wedding will go down in history as the first multiracial ceremony within the British royal family (two thumbs up for cultural advancement), and wedding performer Elton John is here for it (as are we).

In an interview with CNN, John, who attended the nuptials with husband David Furnish, dished on the "wonderful" ceremony and how the monarchy has (thankfully) adopted more modern views on marriage as of recent.

"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," the 71-year-old singer/songwriter said. "Thank God, thank God."

When asked if the wedding was historic, John replied, "Oh absolutely. Are you kidding me? Yes, of course."

The newlyweds notoriously bucked tradition at their royal wedding in more ways than one. But, first and foremost, Meghan herself shook things up as a biracial American divorcee marrying into the royal family. Which, if you've been keeping up with The Crown at all, you'll know that Princess Margaret wasn't allowed to do the same and wed her divorced lover, Group Captain Peter Townsend, in the 1950s. "Look how far we have come in that respect," said John, referencing said Princess.

In John's opinion, Her Majesty, who seems to have taken a strong liking to her new granddaughter-in-law, has been crucial in welcoming these fresh perspectives. "I think the Queen had a lot to do with it," he said. "I think she’s been magnificent."

See more: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Guests Reveal Their Favorite Part of the Royal Wedding

In other news, further waves will be made later this summer, when Queen Elizabeth II's cousin, Lord Ivar Mountbatten, celebrates the first same-sex wedding within the British royal family. Here's to many more monarchy marriage strides!

Related Stories