Elton John World News: Elton's Thoughts on Royal Wedding And UK Media

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Wednesday 27 April 2011 @ 16:06 - GMT

As announced previously, Elton is going to attend the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton this Friday. 

Some consider it an over-the-top spectacle, which the songwriter addressed.

He recently told Barbara Walters, "Yeah, it is a fairytale thing, and people criticise it and say we're making too much of it.  But it's about love.  And in this day and age, anything that's about love and and positivity is a welcome relief from what's going on in the world."

The last time the Rocket Man was in Westminster Abbey, the legendary cathedral where Will and Kate will say their vows, it was for the funeral of William's mother, Princess Diana, who was a friend of Elton's. 

He told Walters, "The last time we were there...my heart sank when I saw those two young boys walking behind the coffin. I thought that was the hardest thing...and now, it's a scene walking up the aisle with a beautiful woman and the love of his life...I'm sure Diana would be very, very happy about it."

Elton is concerned, however, about all the press attention that Kate will get now that she's a member of the royal family. 

He warned, "The press are gonna give you a bumpy ride. They're gonna love you, they're gonna hate you," adding, "I just hope they love each other to stay away from all that." 

In fact, the musician says he is ashamed at the "negativity" that pervades so much of the British press.  Elton himself has sued several British papers over the years for the things they've printed about him, and won several times. 

He said, "I'm sorry we have that nastiness, but we do, and we have to live with it because it's a great country.  But it's one thing about Britain that sucks."

Elton has only met Prince William twice. He told Walters that his partner has encountered William more than he has.

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