Princess Diana was not the typical royal, she had a few celebrity friends, and the legendary rock star Freddie Mercury made the list. He once snuck the Princess dressed in drag into a gay club. Here is the inside story.
Freddie Mercury was an iconic singer who created the rock band Queen. He did a lot of fantastic things during his prime and was loved by many.
Mercury used his artistic talent to design the band's royal crest, which represented some impressive details; he is also remembered as the man who built a stage for David Bowie and accidentally gave the Sex Pistols, another band, their break.
However, he was also a close friend to the "People's Princess," Diana. She was not one to keep to the conservative nature of the crown or royal; Princess Diana loved the spotlight and found some eccentricities interesting.
She often topped the news for one behavior or another but did not let that affect how she carried out her royal duties, making those at the grassroots level very comfortable with her.
HER FRIENDSHIP WITH MERCURY
Diana and Mercury shared a close bond and enjoyed each other's company. In 2013, actress Cleo Rocos relayed an account of their friendship in her memoir.
Rocos was another close pal of the Princess, who explained that the royal wore a disguise to enter a gay club in London, thanks to her friend, Mercury!
They were all enjoying the evening when Diana asked if there were further plans. They announced that they would visit the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, a gay club, and surprisingly, she became interested.
Mercury was in support and insisted her mischief should be allowed, despite another friend, Kenny Everett's plea to keep her away from a horrible headline.
They planned to disguise the royal in sunglasses, an army jacket, and a cap before stepping out. While the group appeared worried about an eventful discovery at the venue, nobody noticed her. She enjoyed her time to the fullest and soon began campaigning for the LGBTQ community.
Sadly, these two happy friends did not live a full life. Mercury passed away in 1991, after a decline in his health following his AIDS diagnosis in 1987.
His buddy, Diana, was involved in creating awareness, enlightening people, and funding research related to HIV/AIDS to kick against stigmatization. Sadly, by 1997, she died in France after a car crash that involved her partner, Dodi Fayed, and driver, Henri Paul.
CELEBRITIES WHO BEFRIENDED DIANA
Mercury was not the only man she shared her time with, a few famous faces ranging from movie stars like John Travolta to singers like George Michael, David Bowie, and Elton John were also on the Princess Diana list of friends.
These men all made glorious remarks about her. Although her friendship with Mercury was not captured in public, the media knew about her likeness to entertainers, as she loved music.