Sir Elton John praises Princess Diana for her 'incredible gift'

Publish Date
Tuesday, 25 July 2017, 5:07PM
Photo / ITV

Photo / ITV

Sir Elton John has praised Princess Diana's work as an Aids activist in a touching conversation with her youngest son.

The singer met with Prince Harry as part of a new documentary marking the 20th anniversary of Diana's death, where the musician opens up about his close friend.

Harry, 32, joined the music legend at the London Lighthouse Aids Centre where the pair discussed the late royal's groundbreaking work with the charity.

Speaking to the prince Elton talks of how Diana broke down boundaries when it came to stigmas surrounding the illness.

He said: 'It was considered to be a gay disease and for someone who was in the royal family and who was a woman and who was straight, to have someone care from the other side was an incredible gift.'

The pair spend time looking through photos of some of Diana's visits to the Aids foundation including the infamous photograph which saw Her Highness shaking hands with patient William Drake.

Sir Elton continues: 'Look at her face in every photograph, there is a positive wonderful glow. 

'She had this incredible ability which he (Harry) kind of inherited, to make people feel at ease and make them feel that everything is going to be alright.

'I haven't experienced many people in my life who have that ability. She could walk into a room of people and make them feel as if everything was great.'

Inspired by his mother's legacy Harry has become a prominent HIV and AIDS campaigner through his charity Sentebale set up in 2006 to help children in Africa.

Sir Elton became synonymous with Diana and the mass outpouring of grief over her death when he performed Candle In The Wind at her funeral 20 years ago. 

Elton's comments are part of a collection of candid interviews given about Diana as part if the one-off 90-minute documentary.  

Both Harry and his brother William have bared their souls in the most candid and emotional interview they have ever given about their mother. 

Among their revelations, the brothers describe how they are haunted by the final phone call Princess Diana made to them from Paris, hours before her death. 

The result is the most revealing royal interview since 1995, when Diana admitted to having an affair.

William says he thinks of his mother every day and even felt her presence at his wedding. Touchingly, Harry admits that he can 'still feel the hugs she used to give us', and misses that embrace. 

Source: Daily Mail.