freddie mercury princess diana bar book Freddie Mercury and Princess Diana walk into a bar ... no, really, according to a new bookSounds like Lady Diana Spencer wasn’t always the buttoned-up princess the world knew her as. Not only did she go on a (rather tame-looking) ski holiday — a man! a book! booze! — but now it turns out British singer Freddie Mercury once took her to a gay bar. In drag.

Wait, what?

That’s what a new book is claiming. According to British TV personality Cleo Rocos (via the New York Daily News), “The Power of Positive Drinking” has within its pages an anecdote about when the Queen frontman took the people’s princess to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, a popular gay club in the 1980s.

According to Rocos, himself, Mercury and friend Kenny Everett smuggled the princess into the club in disguise — she was wearing a bulky army jacket with dark sunglasses and a cap.

“We felt she was so obviously Princess Diana, she would be discovered at any minute … It was fabulously outrageous and so bizarrely exciting. Our hearts
pounded with every new leather-clad hairy body that approached, but no
one, absolutely no one, recognized Diana,” writes Rocos.

He also writes that Diana ordered a wine and a beer, and “once the transaction was completed, we looked at one another, united in our triumphant quest. We did it!”

Do you think it’s true? Since Rocos is the only surviving member of the foursome, there’s no one to corroborate the story. But we’d like to think Princess Di would’ve loved to have a beer with Freddie Mercury.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."