According to new documents from the British National Archives, according to Sky News, it has been revealed that Elton John’s appearance at Princess Diana’s funeral did not go as initially planned. Although the famous singer performed a rendition of “Candle in the Wind” titled “Goodbye England’s Rose,” according to The Guardian, he was only given the green light to play “Your Song” at first.
Buckingham Palace had deemed the lyrics to “Goodbye England’s Rose” too sentimental, until the service negotiator, Dr. Wesley Carr, stepped in to defend John’s choice of song. “If the words were thought to be overly sentimental (though that’s by no means a bad thing given the national mood), they don’t need to be printed, just sung,” Carr wrote in a letter to Lt. Col. Malcolm. Ross, according to Sky News.
The negotiator continued to defend John’s song. “This is a crucial point in the service and we urge boldness. It is where the unexpected happens and something of the modern world that the princess represented,” added Carr. “I respectfully suggest that anything classical or choral (even a popular classic as something by Lloyd Webber) is inappropriate. ” The choice of performance also worked in John’s favor, as he reportedly sold 33 million copies of the song.