PRINCESS DIANA’s death and the resulting public mourning “got out of hand” to Elton John.
Elton made the admission in his Me: Elton John Autobiography, with the section shared in the Daily Mail. The singer wrote and recorded a new version of Candle in the Wind, which he performed at her funeral, before releasing a charity single. He wrote: “The funeral version of Candle In The Wind became the biggest-selling single since the charts began.
“There was part of me that couldn’t understand why anyone would want to listen to it.
“Under what circumstances would you play it?”
He explained: “I never did.
“I listened back to it once at the studio to OK the mix and that was it: never again.
Princess Diana passed away on August 31 1997 (Image GETTY)
Elton John was writing in his autobiography (Image GETTY)
“In the end, I started feeling really uncomfortable with the single’s longevity.”
Diana was just 36 when died in Paris following a car crash.
Elton continued: “Its success meant there was footage of Diana’s funeral week after week on Top Of The Pops — it almost felt like wallowing in her death, as if the mourning for her had got out of hand.
“I really didn’t think that was what Diana would have wanted.
Elton welcomed Prince Harry and Meghan in the summer to his French villa (Image GETTY)
“And I didn’t want to do anything to prolong it any further.”
He said this meant: “So when Oprah Winfrey asked me on her talk show to discuss the funeral, I said no.
“The Diana version of Candle In The Wind has never been included on any Greatest Hits album I’ve put out, and it’s never been re-released.”
The song was originally written in 1973 by Elton and Bernie Taupin.
Elton with Diana’s two sons (Image GETTY)
Elton performing Candle in the Wind at Diana’s funeral (Image GETTY)
It was intended to honour Marilyn Monroe, who died 11 years prior.
The original related peaked at 11th in the charts.
Elton has remained close to Diana’s two sons Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex since their mother’s death.
The royal residencies in the United Kingdom (Image EXPRESS)
He welcomed Harry, his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor to his Nice villa in the summer.
Elton jumped to the defence of the Sussexes after they were criticised for flying privately four times in seven days, including the flight to Nice.
He wrote: “I am deeply distressed by today’s distorted and malicious account in the press surrounding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s private stay at my home in Nice last week.
Elton and Diana in 1985 (Image GETTY)
“Prince Harry ’s Mother, Diana Princess Of Wales was one of my dearest friends. I feel a profound sense of obligation to protect Harry and his family from the unnecessary press intrusion that contributed to Diana’s untimely death.
“After a hectic year continuing their hard work and dedication to charity, David and I wanted the young family to have a private holiday inside the safety and tranquility of our home.
“To maintain a high level of much-needed protection, we provided them with a private jet flight. To support Prince Harry’s commitment to the environment, we ensured their flight was carbon neutral, by making the appropriate contribution to Carbon Footprint.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK