Elton John ‘to teach Archie piano’ after Meghan and Harry release Spotify podcast
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The Tiny Dancer singer, 73, has been a longstanding ally of the royal couple, who met on a “blind date” arranged by friends four years ago. Sir Elton previously remarked that Prince Harry had a “rare gift”, the “ability to talk to people” and make them “feel at ease” just like his mother Princess Diana. The star featured on the first episode of Meghan and Harry’s podcast series Archewell Audio, which aired today and had their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor speak publicly for the first time.
Sir Elton gave an impromptu performance at the couple’s wedding reception, where he sang four songs including Can You Feel the Love Tonight.
Prior to their big day at St George’s Chapel, which was watched by 1.9 billion people worldwide, the singer gave insight into Meghan and Harry’s relationship.
He said: “I spent some time with him in Sicily… and I could tell that he was totally in love.
“He didn’t really discuss much personally but he said, ‘I’m in love’ and I thought, ‘Good for you.’”
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Sir Elton admitted that he was overjoyed that both Harry and Prince William were “ecstatically happy” with their partners.
He commented: “That’s all you want people to be.”
Sir Elton, who was knighted by the Queen in 1998 for his contribution to music and charity, revealed that Meghan and Harry’s wedding reception at Frogmore House was a “very casual” affair.
Last year, he told The Sun: “It was fun. They were a great audience so I did them another song.
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“I was only going to do three and I did four. I added in Can You Feel The Love Tonight as an extra.”
Ahead of his performance, Harry cheekily asked the room: “Does anyone here know how to play [the] piano?”
Sir Elton took to the stage to sing Your Song, I’m Still Standing and Tiny Dancer as well as the bonus hit.
Last year a royal source told The Sun: “Meghan and Harry adore Elton and loved him singing at their wedding.”
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They also hinted that Sir Elton may play a part in the upbringing of their son Archie, who will celebrate his second birthday in May next year.
The insider continued: “Meghan has been saying he’s the perfect person to teach their child the piano.
“He’s apparently said he’d love to. Music is hugely important to both Meghan and Elton, so who better?”
It was reported that Sir Elton was asked to be Archie’s piano tutor ahead of the royal baby’s birth last year.
Today, Sir Elton featured on Archewell Audio, where he read diary extracts about how he overcame the difficulties of this year – as the world grappled with the coronavirus pandemic.
He was joined by others including Stacey Abrams, Brené Brown, Deepak Chopra, Naomi Osaka, James Corden and Tyler Perry.
But for some listeners, the most important guest of all was Archie who spoke publicly for the first time.
Towards the end of the podcast, Harry told his son: “You can speak into it.”
Meghan was then heard asking him: “Archie, is it fun?”
The royal baby then repeated his mother’s last word “fun” into the microphone.
Harry then tried to encourage his son to say “Happy New Year” but Archie struggled to pronounce a few of the words.
The Queen’s grandson and Meghan then helped him to pronounce the words “happy” and “new” individually before Archie said “year” all by himself.
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The royal couple, who were delighted by their son’s first broadcast words, and Harry excitedly remarked: “Boom!”
Meghan and Harry have reportedly signed a multi-year deal with Spotify for an unknown fee that could be as high as $150million (£111million), Newsweek claimed earlier this month.
However, Eric Schiffer of Reputation Management Consultants said it was “probably worth about $35million (£26million) based upon performance kickers etcetera”.
This follows Meghan and Harry’s lucrative Netflix partnership, which is reported to be worth £100million.
During the 33-minute episode, which was entitled “2020 Archewell Audio Holiday Special”, Harry explained why they had released the recording.
He said: “As we come to the end of this year, and look to the future.
“Let’s hold onto the lessons we’ve learned about how important it is to take care of one another and how meaningful our connections are, even when they’re physically impossible.”
You can listen to Archewell Audio’s first episode on Spotify here.
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