Were Freddie Mercury and Princess Diana close friends?

FREDDIE MERCURY was known for his bombastic stage performance and famous friends - but was he really close with Diana, Princess of Wales?

PUBLISHED: 21:48, Thu, Sep 24, 2020 | UPDATED: 21:48, Thu, Sep 24, 2020

Freddie Mercury and Princess Diana were, clearly, cut from a very different cloth. The Queen frontman occupied the stage with vigour, dancing and prancing and singing his heart out to fans. In contrast, Diana, Princess of Wales was a far more reluctant public figure - but were they really close friends?

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There are certainly different accounts of this, with some suggesting the pair never even met in their lifetimes.

With that being said, other accounts suggest they were good friends - with one such account from comedian Cleo Rocos claiming she, along with Kenny Everett and Freddie, helped sneak the Princess of Wales into a gay bar in Vauxhall on one hilarious night out.

In an interview with Talk Radio, Cleo said: "With Freddie Mercury and Kenny Everett one day our lunch with Diana segued into - to cut a long story short - we ended up taking Diana to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in a camouflage jacket.

"He [Kenny] said, 'Oh darling you can’t come. It’s a hairy gay man's pub, sometimes there are fights outside and I can see the headlines tomorrow: 'Future Queen of England dies in gay bar brawl.'"

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Freddie Mercury and Princess Diana - were they really friends?Freddie Mercury and Princess Diana - were they really friends? (Image: Getty)

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Despite this concern, it seems the plan worked, as Cleo explained in her book The Power of Positive Drinking.

She said: "Diana and

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