These Two A-list Celebrities Fought Over Princess Diana, According to Elton John

Elton John has no shortage of interesting stories to tell in his new book, including a fight thought broke out between two celebrities over Princess Diana. The situation unfolded at a dinner party that John hosted back in the day, the details of which he shares in his memoir, titled Me.

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Richard Gere and Sylvester Stallone were fighting over Princess Diana

Princess Diana was separated from Prince Charles at the time the fight between Richard Gere and Sylvester Stallone went down — after Stallone had hoped to romance Diana at a dinner party hosted by John with his now-husband, David Furnish.

John recalled in an excerpt printed in the Daily Mail: “Straight away, Richard Gere and Diana seemed very taken with each other. She was separated from [Prince] Charles by this point, and Richard had broken up with Cindy Crawford. They ended up sitting in front of the fireplace together, locked in rapt conversation.”

It seemed that Stallone had an interest in Diana as well and was jealous that she and Gere were hitting it off. John noted the “impact” Princess Diana “could have on straight men. They seemed completely to lose their minds in her presence: they were just utterly bewitched.”

John recalled of Stallone: “I think he may have turned up to the party with the express intention of picking Diana up, only to find his plans for the evening ruined.”

John continued, sharing that when everyone moved to the dining room for the meal, Stallone and Gere were noticeably absent, with Furnish finding them in the hall “squaring up to each other, apparently about to settle their differences over Diana by having a fistfight.”

Stallone reportedly “stormed off” after dinner, when Diana and Gere returned to flirting, with John recalling that Stallone said, “I never would have come if I’d known Prince f**kin’ Charming was gonna be here. If I’d wanted her, I would’ve taken her!”

He maintains that Diana was “completely unruffled” by the scene, sharing, “Maybe she hadn’t realized what was happening. Or maybe stuff like that happened all the time and she was used to it.”

John recalls his first meeting with Diana

In the book, John recalls how he and Diana became friends, writing: “I first met Diana in 1981, just before her marriage to Prince Charles. It was at Prince Andrew’s 21st birthday party at Windsor Castle. The evening was completely surreal. The percussionist Ray Cooper and I were supposed to be providing the entertainment, but before we performed, there was a disco in the ballroom.”

He continued: “Because the Queen was there, and no one wanted to cause any offence to the royal sensibilities, the disco was turned down about as low as you could get without switching it off altogether. You could literally hear your feet moving around on the floor over the music.”

John further shared his personal experience with knowing Diana, noting, “She was blessed with an incredible social ease, an ability to make people feel totally comfortable in her company. Her kids have inherited it, Prince Harry in particular; he’s exactly the same as his mum, no interest in formality or grandeur.”

He continued: “Anyway, that night in 1981, she arrived in the ballroom and we immediately clicked. We ended up pretending to dance the Charleston while hooting at the disco’s feebleness.”

John remembered fondly: “Over the years I knew her, she was fabulous company, the best dinner party guest, incredibly indiscreet, a real gossip: you could ask her anything and she’d tell you.”