Twenty years ago today, in 1997, Princess Diana was killed in a tragic car crash in Paris. The royal family has been paying tribute to her all week, and today, her longtime friend Elton John weighed in.
The singer posted a throwback photo to Instagram showing a much younger version of himself posing with Diana before her death. In the caption, he wrote, “20 years ago today, the world lost an angel.”
John and Diana were always close, and he rewrote his hit “Candle in the Wind” to perform at her funeral, which was broadcast all around the world, and proceeds from sales of the reworked track were largely given to charities Diana supported. To this day, it remains one of the most poignant remembrances of Diana in the wake of her passing.
John also opened up about his relationship with Diana in the recent HBO and ITV documentary, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy.
“She had that incredible ability — which [Harry] kind of inherited — to make people feel at ease and make them feel that everything’s gonna be all right,” he said. “I haven’t experienced many people in my life who have that ability, but she could walk into a room of people and make them feel as if everything was great.”
Both of Diana’s sons, William and Harry, have carried on her legacy through their own charitable works, and they’ve both spoken openly as they’ve grown older about trying to help their mother live on through them and their deeds. We think they’ve done a great job, and Diana would be proud of the way her family and friends have continued to honor her.