Dragged Out Princess - Diana’s Secret Night-Out
According to a new memoir by comedian Cleo Rocos, Queen front man Freddie Mercury snuck Princess Diana into a famous gay bar in the late 80s by dressing her in drag.
In Rocos' book, "The Power of Positive Drinking," she writes that Mercury disguised Princess Diana as a male model so she could get into the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, located in south London, unnoticed. The singer put her in an army jacket, black cap and sunglasses, so she could avoid being hounded by the press and paparazzi and enjoy a night out, Canada's Fuse TV reports.
"We decided that the most famous icon of the modern world might just-just-pass for a rather eccentrically dressed gay male model," Rocos writes. She also wrote that she, Mercury and TV star Kenny Everett, who joined them during their night out, were worried Princess Di would get spotted within minutes of walking into the bar but "people just seemed to blank her. She sort of disappeared. But she loved it."
She added that though the bar was packed, most of the patrons paid attention to Mercury and Everett, which allowed Princess Diana to grab some drinks at the bar. They left after about 20 minutes, Rocos recalls.
"Never has going to a bar been quite so exhilarating and fun. We then made a swift exit, a cab was hailed and we whisked Diana back to Kensington Palace. The jolly queens queuing outside unknowingly waved back as their 'queen of hearts' waved goodbye. Not a single person ever found us out," she wrote.
Rocos said that Princess Diana looked like a "beautiful young man" and that she was "always a very fit girl, so they might have thought, 'there's a nice young man with pert buttocks.'"
Mercury died of an AIDS-related illness in 1991 and Princess Diana died in a car crash in 1997. Princess Diana became an outspoken advocate for people with AIDS during a time when it was considered a "gay disease." Thanks to her embracement of gay men with AIDS, she helped change the public's view on the disease and helped dispel stigmas associated with AIDS.