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George Michael offers royal couple a song

April 16, 2011 at 2:20 PM   |   Comments

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LONDON, April 16 (UPI) -- George Michael says he has recorded a version of Stevie Wonder's "You and I" in honor of the British royal wedding.

Michael told CNN Friday night he will release the track as a free download but will ask fans to donate to a charity established by Prince William and Kate Middleton.

He said Wonder had waived the rights until "way after the wedding," The Daily Telegraph reported.

The singer said he was "incredibly happy" for the couple and was "absolutely sure" his friend, the late Princess Diana, "would have loved the whole thing. I really hope she would have loved this track. I have a feeling she would have done."

Earlier, Michael told his Twitter followers: "I want Will and Kate to know that this a genuine gift, not a promo exercise."

Michael said he was not "angling" for an invitation to the April 29 wedding, and the royal couple should be "surrounded by people they love, not dodgy ex-con pop stars."

The singer was given an eight-week prison sentence last year after crashing his Land Rover while under the influence of marijuana.

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