The Duchess of Sussex has a famous friend on board for her latest project.
Meghan (39) has roped in David Furnish, Elton John’s husband, as a co-executive producer on her new Netflix series, Pearl. David (58), who has been married to Elton John (74) for seven years, is a former filmmaker and advertising executive who turned to producing two decades ago.
Amongst his many credits are Rocketman (2019), Sherlock Gnomes (2018) and Billy Elliot: The Musical Live (2014).
Meghan’s new series centres on a 12-year-old girl named Pearl who embarks on a “heroic adventure as she learns to step into her power and finds inspiration from influential women throughout history”, Netflix said in a press release.
She and Prince Harry (36) have been friends with the British pop star and his Canadian husband for years and the couple attending their 2018 wedding at Windsor Castle in the UK.
In 2019, shortly after the Sussexes welcomed their first child, Archie, Elton offered them the use of his private jet to holiday in his villa in the south of France.
He also added that as Princess Diana was one of his “dearest friends” he felt a “profound sense of obligation to protect Harry and his family from the unnecessary press intrusion that contributed to Diana's untimely death”.
Elton and Diana met at Prince Andrew’s 21st birthday party in 1981 where they “immediately clicked”, he wrote in his 2019 autobiography, Me.
He went on to perform his hit Candle in the Wind at her funeral at Westminster Abbey where he changed some of the song’s lyrics to honour Diana.
Elton has stayed in touch with Diana’s boys, and Harry in particular, ever since. In 2018 Harry and Elton launched a new initiative called MenStar, aimed at reducing HIV in men at the International Aids Conference.
Harry introduced the singer, saying he was “honoured to be sharing the stage with someone who has always put people at the centre of his work”.
SOURCES: PEOPLE.COM, IOL.CO.ZA