In a new interview with CNN, the singer (and royal wedding guest) spoke about how exactly he felt sitting in those pews at St. George's Chapel.
"It was very, very wonderful to be there. To have a black gospel choir, a multiracial bride, a black cellist, who was wonderful, a preacher—it felt like a party, and it felt like progress had been made. Thank god, thank god," he said. (Coincidentally, The Kingdom Choir, which performed "Stand By Me" at the royal wedding, just announced a record deal.)
"You go back and watch The Crown and things like that, and in the 1950s Princess Margaret wasn't allowed to get married (to Group Captain Peter Townsend) because he was divorced. Look how far we have come in that respect."
However, John added that he doesn't just think the passage of time led to this changing of royal attitudes. "I think the Queen had a lot to do with it. I think she's been magnificent."
There's been much commentary about how powerful and emotional Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex's wedding, was. But much, if not all, of it was written by those who observed from afar. However, as John reflected on today, it was just as, if not more, powerful in person.
It’s particularly meaningful coming from someone who has been at—and in—some of the most high-profile royal events in modern times. He was a good friend of Princess Diana, and memorably played a special version of "Candle In the Wind" at her 1997 funeral. He attended Prince William and Kate Middleton's 2011 nuptials, and at Harry and Meghan's wedding, he performed at the lunchtime reception in Windsor Castle.