They both ended up as tragic figures: taken from the world way too young. And, now details have emerged about the extraordinary relationship shared between Princess Diana and singer George Michael.
Princess Diana’s former head chef Darren McGrady has now spoken out about the special friendship the pair shared over the years. He revealed that on one occasion, George pulled up in his cabriolet outside the entrance to her apartments in Kensington Palace, with the Princess joking that he was vain for having two glossy magazines in his car with his own photo on the front cover.
Darren said that she loved George’s sense of humour and felt relaxed in his company, as if she could say anything at all to him. The chef revealed: “She would tease him, she loved teasing. He would laugh and give as much back.”
He said that because each of them were superstars in their own right, they were drawn together through a depth of understanding about what a crazy life they were leading. Darren also said that they both loved having a “good gossip”.
There had long been speculation about their relationship, even though George was gay. During an interview in 2009, George revealed that he actually turned down a number of invites to the palace because he was worried about the publicity if they did become friends. When the singer and the princess did meet, he says they clicked in an “intangible” way.
George also said that she made it clear she was attracted to him. When he was asked if he had ever been tempted, he said: “I knew it would have been a disastrous thing to do,” although he never did give a definitive ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer.
Princess Diana died in 1997, after the car she was travelling in crashed in a tunnel in Paris, trying to escape paparazzi. Meanwhile, George died on Christmas Day, from suspected heart failure.