The bishop who officiated Aretha Franklin’s funeral, Charles H. Ellis III has apologised to Ariana Grande for how he touched her onstage.

"It would never be my intention to touch any woman's breast... I don't know I guess I put my arm around her," Bishop Ellis said.

"Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again, I apologise."

The preacher said he hugged all the performers during Friday's seven-hour service. "I hug all the female artists and the male artists," he said.

"Everybody that was up, I shook their hands and hugged them. That's what we are all about in the church. We are all about love."