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Elton John Remembers His Best Friend 20 Years After Her Death

On August 31st, 1997, the world lost a truly beautiful soul. Princess Diana was killed in a car accident while being chased by paparazzi through the tunnels of Paris. To this day, Prince Harry still holds anger towards the people who cause the accident, then stood by taking pictures while she died.

""I think one of the hardest things to come to terms with is the fact that the people that chased her into the tunnel were the same people that were taking photographs of her while she was still dying on the back seat of the car," said Harry. "She'd had quite a severe head injury but she was very much still alive on the back seat. And those people that caused the accident, instead of helping, were taking photographs of her dying on the back seat."

Before her untimely death, Princess Diana dedicated much of her time to helping those in need, and Sir Elton John remembers that fondly.

“[AIDS] was considered to be a gay disease," Sir Elton said. “And for someone who was within the Royal Family, and who was a woman, and who was straight — to have someone care from the other side was an incredible gift."

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As the years went by, Princess Diana and Sir Elton John grew closer, but towards the end of her life, the internationally loved star said there was one thing that ultimately lead to Diana's death.

"I think in the end with Diana she trusted the wrong people," he said of his friend. "She didn't trust the people she should have trusted, her true friends. I always thought the people that really felt for her and really were true to her she just was a bit airy fairy towards in the end."

Sir Elton John says he found out about Princess Diana's death through a fax sent by a friend who was offering condolences. Singing a modified version of 'Candle in the Wind' at her funeral is something he called 'surreal.'

"Me playing at the funeral of Princess Diana was one of the most surreal things I have ever done," he said in an interview. "You didn't show any emotion. It's not the sort of thing you do at something like this. What was going through my mind was, 'Don't f*** this up. Don't sing a wrong note. Don't sing the wrong note. Be stoic. Don't break down and just do it to the best you can possibly do it without showing any emotion whatsoever.' My heart was beating quite a lot, I have to say. This is an unreal experience and I hope I never have to do it again."

Now, 20 years after Princess Diana's death, Sir Elton John paid a simple, yet touching tribute to his late friend.

20 years ago today, the world lost an angel. #RIP @ejaf

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Sir Elton John still keeps in touch with the family, noting that Prince Harry inherited his mother's utter kindness.

“She had that incredible ability — which [Harry] kind of inherited — to make people feel at ease and make them feel that everything’s gonna be all right,” John says. “I haven’t experienced many people in my life who have that ability, but she could walk into a room of people and make them feel as if everything was great.”

20 years later and we still miss Princess Diana's electric smile. We hope she is resting in peace, and that her family remembers her as fondly as the rest of the world does.