Elton John Reveals Hilarious Stories About Queen Elizabeth in His New Memoir
In his new autobiography, appropriately titled Me, Elton John offers up some delicious royal gossip. The legendary musician recalls a few of his first-hand experiences with the likes of Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana—and they do not disappoint.
Perhaps the most delightful anecdote features the British monarch and her nephew, Princess Margaret's son Viscount Linley. The Queen requested he go check on his sister, Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, who had left a party early after feeling unwell.
Linley did his best to avoid the task, leaving the Queen with no choice but to assert her authority. "When [Linley] repeatedly tried to fob her off," John wrote, per the Times, "the Queen lightly slapped him across the face, saying 'Don't'—slap—'argue'—slap—'with'—slap—'me'—slap—'I'—slap—'am'—slap—'THE QUEEN!'"
Afterward, he recalls the monarch realizing that John saw the incident, and winking at him. "I know the Queen’s public image isn’t exactly one of wild frivolity, but... in private she could be hilarious," the musician wrote.
Elton John also shared some memories of Princess Diana, with whom he was famously close. John wrote that Diana was "blessed with incredible social ease, an ability to make people feel totally comfortable in her company," a quality that he believes Princes William and Harry have as well.
He met Diana at a party in 1981, and apparently was quickly taken with her. The pair "immediately clicked," John recalls, and "ended up pretending to dance the Charleston while hooting at the disco’s feebleness." He added, "She was fabulous company... a real gossip: you could ask her anything and she’d tell you."
Other notable stories include that of Richard Gere and Sylvester Stallone fighting over Diana at one of John's dinner parties (the men apparently had to be talked down after getting into it in a hallway), and the truth behind a famous photo of Diana "comforting" John at Gianni Versace's funeral.
"She was leaning just past me, reaching for a mint that David [Furnish] had offered her," John reveals. "The warm words of comfort... were actually: 'God, I’d love a Polo.'"
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