How Elton John exposed critical character weakness in Princess Diana

Diana was considered to be one of the most photographed women in the world during the Nineties. Ever since her engagement to Prince Charles had been announced, she had become a global icon, known for her compassion and widely believed to be a great influence on at the time. When her marriage subsequently began to crumble, it was a source of great speculation – and she began to lean on many of her high-profile friends for support.

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She reportedly told George Michael all the “grim” details about how the divorce made her feel, and allegedly once snuck out to a gay bar in disguise with Freddie Mercury.

However, it was the singer Elton John who was her closest friend.

In his 2019 autobiography, ‘Me: Elton John’, he revealed how they fell out not long before her tragic death in 1997 – and how that dispute exposed a critical flaw in his close friend.

He wrote: “She was a very dear friend for years, and then, completely unexpectedly, we fell out.

Princess Diana and Elton JohnPrincess Diana and Elton John (Image: Getty)

Diana went through a tricky divorce with Prince CharlesDiana went through a tricky divorce with Prince Charles (Image: Getty)

“She was surrounding herself instead with people who told her what she wanted to hear, or who would listen and nod when she came out with some of the more paranoid theories she’d developed about the Royal Family since her divorce.

“I knew from personal experience that wasn’t a healthy situation.”

Diana was known to be quite distressed towards the end of her marriage with Charles.

The two of them officially separated in 1992, and spent several years sniping at one another through media channels, but they did not divorce until 1996.

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Diana with Elton at Gianni Versace's 1997 funeralDiana with Elton at Gianni Versace's 1997 funeral (Image: Getty)

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