Freddie Mercury and Princess Diana’s ‘secret night together’ – What really happened?

Queen perform Bohemian Rhapsody at Live Aid in 1985

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On the anniversary of the unimaginable loss of the princess, it is worth also remembering her huge capacity for finding joy and fun wherever she could. This is perfectly summed up by the outrageous story of her secret night with Freddie and their adventures around London, from drinks at a friend’s flat to a daring trip to a famous gay bar. A picture was even released last year which appeared to prove that it really happened.

Our Queen of Hearts and the queen of Queen were apparently introduced by mutual friend Kenny Everett. His lifelong BFF Cleo Rocos spilled the royal beans in her autobiography.

She wrote: “The group spent the afternoon drinking champagne in front of reruns of The Golden Girls with the sound turned down and improvising show dialogue with a much naughtier storyline.”

But it’s what happened afterward that has gone on to become one of London’s biggest urban myths.Apparently, Diana wanted to tag along with the friends for the rest of their evening, when they had planned to go to a famous South London gay bar, the appropriately named Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

According to Rocos, they disguised the princess as a man in a baseball cap, sunglasses and army bomber jacket.

Rocos said: “When we walked in … we felt she was obviously Princess Diana and would be discovered at any minute. But people just seemed to blank her. She sort of disappeared. But she loved it.”

It’s possible the crowd was distracted by stars like Freddie and Kenny suddenly appearing but would the most famous woman in the world really be able to hide with such a basic disguise?

Express Online spoke to Freddie’s PA and close friend Peter Freestone, who knew the daily movements of the star for the last ten years of his life, to find out if it had happened.

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Freestone said: “No, not at all. Maybe Diana went with Kenny but Freddie wasn’t there. He never met her.”

He went on to tell us that even at Live Aid Freddie declined a chance to hang out with the princess: “You see Brian May and Roger Taylor in the royal box. Freddie didn’t go. He was more interested in being with friends backstage, talking with Elton John, hanging out with his people. His friends were always the most important to him.”

Express Online spoke to Freddie’s PA and close friend Peter Freestone: “No, not at all. Maybe Diana went with Kenny but Freddie wasn’t there. He never met her.”

He went on to tell us that even at Live Aid Freddie declined a chance to hang out with the princess: “You see Brian May and Roger Taylor in the royal box. Freddie didn’t go. He was more interested in being with friends backstage, talking with Elton John, hanging out with his people. His friends were always the most important to him.”

So what about the picture? One of the main Freddie fan sites reveals the truth.

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Freddie Mercury Fan Club published the picture of Freddie and Diana together with the original image it was faked from, where Freddie is hugging German star Barbara Valentin.

The site said: “I’ve been seeing a lot of photoshopped photos of Freddie with other people where the head has been swopped for someone else.

“In the 1st photo you can see the real photo of Freddie with Barbara Valentin and then the photoshopped one with Princess Diana which is based on the myth of them meeting and all which most likely never even happened.”

Barbara became close friends with Freddie when he was living and recording in Munich and they remained close until his death in 1991.

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