King of Pop, Michael Jackson delivered several hits during his career and ‘Dirty Diana’ was one of them. Princess Diana was a huge fan of the late pop star and in 1988, when she met the superstar prior to his Wembley Stadium Show, she made a special request.
While attending the singer’s performance, Diana asked Michael if he would like to perform at his London concert ‘Dirty Diana’ as it was her favourite. Interview footage has surfaced on Instagram. During his 1997 interview with Barbara Walters, Michael revealed that he decided not to perform “Dirty Diana” to make the performance more suitable for royalty. He changed the playlist to pay respect to Diana.
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In the clip, Michael recalls, “At one point, she [Princess Diana] called me over from the line. I saw Prince Charles looking at me and I said ‘oh boy’. He shared that Diana tried to convince him to add the song to the show. She said, “Are you going to do Dirty Diana tonight?” said, “No, I took it off the show out of respect for you.”
He revealed that the song was Diana’s favorite. “At that point I couldn’t put it back on the show because it was too close to showtime,” he added.
Later in the video, Michael recalled Prince Charles walking up to them and asking what they were talking about. Diana replied, “Oh nothing.”
According to Showbiz, the late pop star and Princess Diana were very good friends. They bonded with the paparazzi, the press and their children.
Jackson told German media in 1999: “We were very close, she was extremely close over the phone… I was still married to Lisa Marie. Diana usually woke me up late at night… usually after three o’clock” in the morning. And then she kept me on the phone for hours. She talked about kids, the press.”
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