Elton John's royal wedding performance will likely include a tribute to Princess Diana (Exclusive)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are pulling out all the stops for their star-studded big day!

A source tells ET that Elton John, a friend of Harry and Prince William's late mother, Princess Diana, is set to perform at the royal wedding reception, and it's sure to tug at everyone's heartstrings.

"It is no surprise that Elton has been included in Prince Harry's wedding. As one of Diana's closest confidantes, Elton is a connection to Harry's mother and a very supportive friend," the source says of the music legend. "The plan is for Elton to play at the wedding reception has been in place for a while."
 
Adds the source, "The wedding itself will be very formal and the reception is meant to be more fun, and that is where Elton comes in."

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She recorded her thoughts on tape

Much of what we know about Princess Diana’s personal life is thanks to audiotapes she recorded herself. Once she recognized her marriage to Prince Charles was falling apart, she documented her side of the story on a tape recorder and gave the tapes to her close friend, Dr. James Colthurst. He, in turn, gave them to journalist Andrew Morton so her words could get out to the public. From those tapes, Morton published the biography DIANA: Her True Story—In Her Own Words in 1992. No one knew Diana had a hand in the book’s production until after her death. Here are some more surprising facts you probably didn't know about Princess Diana.

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Her sister dated Prince Charles

There are definitely ways to improve your relationship with your sibling, but we’re not sure if sharing a boyfriend is one of them. Before Diana and Charles started going steady, he dated her sister, Sarah. She introduced the two when Diana was just 16 and takes credit for their falling in love, calling herself Cupid.

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Her grandmother worked for the queen

As prominent a public figure as Queen Elizabeth is, there’s still a lot that the public doesn’t know about her. One of those more intriguing bits of trivia is that the Queen Mother was close friends with Princess Diana’s grandmother, Ruth Fermoy. She was one of Her Majesty’s ladies-in-waiting and later held the title Woman of the Bedchamber, which meant that she was the Queen’s right-hand woman and assisted with important social engagements. Here are some more facts (and scandals!) you never knew about Queen Elizabeth II.

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She and her husband were related

The royal family tree can get pretty complicated, but don’t worry, there’s nothing incestuous about this marriage. Princess Di and Prince Charles were distantly related. Specifically, they were 16th cousins once removed, through King Henry VII.

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She had a poor sex life

In her tape recordings, Princess Diana discussed her married life in great detail, even calling her wedding day “the worst day of her life.” Specifically, she talked at length about her lack of a sex life, saying that she and her husband had sex but it was “very odd.” By the time she made the recordings, their sex life had been going downhill for seven years. She went on to say, “There was no requirement for (sex) from his case. Sort of once every three weeks… and I kept thinking it followed a pattern. He used to see his lady (Camilla) once every three weeks before we got married.” Learn more about the real story of what happened between Charles and Diana.

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She messed up her wedding vows

In hindsight, Princess Diana messing up her wedding vows may seem like a sign her marriage was bound to fail, but in reality, she just caught a case of wedding day jitters. During the vows, she called her husband “Philip Charles” instead of “Charles Philip,” mixing up his first and middle names. Here are some more little mistakes that happened on royal wedding days.

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She ate in the kitchen

It was against royal family etiquette to eat in the kitchen with staffers and not in a dining room, but Princess Diana was no stranger to breaking protocol. Her personal chef, Darren McGrady, said she would just walk into the kitchen and eat at a countertop while he tidied up, which was unheard of coming from any royal. She would even make coffee for the two of them. Check out these stunning, rarely seen photos of the People's Princess.

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She attempted suicide

One of the most troubling revelations from Princess Diana’s audiotapes was that she struggled with depression and even attempted to take her own life. She said in her recordings, “I was so depressed, and I was trying to cut my wrists with razor blades.” She also talked about having bulimia and that the eating disorder started after Prince Charles put his hand on her waist and said, “A bit chubby here, aren’t we?”

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She was harassed by the paparazzi

With three new documentaries about Princess Diana set to premiere, Prince William and Prince Harry are opening up about their memories of their mother. Some are uplifting, like how she involved them in her charitable work. But their recollections of Diana dealing with the paparazzi are disturbing. As Prince William says in the ITV and HBO documentary, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy: “If you are the Princess of Wales and you’re a mother, I don’t believe being chased by 30 guys on motorbikes who block your path, who spit at you to get a reaction from you and make a woman cry in public to get a photograph, is appropriate. Harry and I, we had to live through that.” Here's how Prince Harry and Prince William are keeping their mother's memory alive twenty years after her death.

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In 1997, John reworked his 1973 song, "Candle in the Wind," which was originally a tribute to Marilyn Monroe, in honor of Princess Diana. It is thought that the 71-year-old musician will also honor Harry's mother on Saturday.

"He plans to sing and there's also been talk of some type of tribute to Diana, one in which Elton will speak at the wedding and say how much she is missed on this very special day," the source notes. "[Elton] has remained very close to her sons." 

As for what the "Rocket Man" singer things of Meghan, the source continues, "Elton thoroughly approves of Meghan and feels they are a perfect couple and very in love. Elton thinks Diana would be proud and would love Meghan."

The final details for Saturday's nuptials are coming together. Kensington Palace confirmed Friday that Prince Charles, Harry's father and Diana's ex-husband, will walk Meghan down the aisle. This comes after Meghan announced on Thursday that her father, Thomas Markle, would not be attending following heart surgery.

Prince Philip's attendance at the ceremony — which was uncertain following hip replacement surgery last month — was also confirmed by Buckingham Palace on Friday. 

Watch the video to see how Meghan and Harry plan to pay tribute to Diana, and keep up with all of ET's coverage of the royal wedding as we count down to the big day!

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The guest list

Although the guest list hasn't officially been released -- and we won't know for sure who made the cut until the big day -- many high-profile figures have hinted whether or not they scored an invite. 

Priyanka Chopra, Serena Williams and David and Victoria Beckham are all expected to attend, alongside Meghan's Suits co-stars Patrick J. Adams and Gabriel Macht. 

Since Harry isn't heir to the throne, they aren't expected to invite anybody on an official capacity. President Trump, Melania Trump and the Obamas are not expected to attend.  

The page boys and bridesmaids 

Just a few days before the big day, Prince Harry and Meghan finally revealed who would be part of their pack of bridesmaids and page boys. As expected, two of Duchess Kate and Prince William's children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will take part. Other bridesmaids include Harry's goddaughters Florence van Cutsem and Zalie Warren, Meghan's goddaughters Remi and Rylan Litt, as well as Jessica Mulroney's daughter Ivy.

Along with Prince George, page boys include Brian and John Mulroney and Jasper Dyer.

The first dance 

The royal couple has chosen quite an unexpected song for their first dance. According to reports, Harry and Meghan will take the dance floor as man and wife, dancing to Whitney Houston's hit "I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”

The flowers

In a press release from April 1, it was announced that the couple had chosen Philippa Craddock to design their flowers for the church ceremony.

"Where possible, Philippa will use flowers and plants that are in season and blooming naturally in May, including branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, as well as white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves,” the press release said

The cake 

In March, it was announced that Claire Ptak would be the baker behind Meghan and Harry's wedding cake. The elderflower-flavored creation will incorporate the bright flavors of spring, and "be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers."

Claire's creations were already on Meghan's radar: She interviewed the baker for her lifestyle blog The Tig, which has since been shut down. 

The entrance 

Meghan and Harry will ride in the Ascot Landau, a horse-drawn carriage built in 1883, while departing St. George's chapel following the ceremony. It'll take then through Castle Hill to Windsor Castle. If it rains, they'll have to switch to the Scottish Stage Coach, which was built in 1830 and offers a covering. 

The entertainment

In late April, it was revealed that Prince Harry and Meghan have hand-selected a number of choirs and musicians to perform on their big day. 

According to US magazine, "The performers are Vivian’s choir; 19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason; Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir; an orchestra made up of musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia; Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas; trumpeter David Blackadder; organist Luke Bond; and State Trumpeters from the Band of the Household Cavalry."

The night before

According to reports, Meghan and Harry will spend the night before their wedding apart, in two different lavish hotels in London. 

Meghan will stay with her mother, Doria, at Cliveden House Hotel. Prince Harry will be joined by brother and best man Prince William at Cosworth Park. 

The reception 

Following the service, there will be two receptions. The first will be held at St. George's hall for the guests from the ceremony. The second celebration will be held at Frogmore house for a more select group, including the couple's family and friends. 

The menu

Not only will the receptions be joined by food trucks (!) but the dishes served will include "the freshest produce" sourced from places like Her Majesty's estates. One item on the menu? Seasonal bowls. 

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Reporting by Adriane Schwartz.

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