Published On: Tue, Oct 8th, 2019

Queen FURY: How the Queen makes family listen to instructions – ‘I am THE QUEEN’ | Royal | News


Queen Elizabeth II has long been rumoured to have a wicked sense of humour behind the scenes. The public has occasionally seen glimpses of this, with her quick wit sometimes making an appearance when she’s out and about. But now, new hilarious anecdotes have been shared in excerpts of a new book.

The book in question was penned by none other than Sir Elton John, a close friend to the royals for many years.

In one anecdote, he revealed how she repeatedly slapped her nephew across the face when he appeared to ignore her instructions

Viscount Linley, the son of Princess Margaret, was asked by the Queen to look in on his sister, who had taken ill at a party and retired to her room to rest.

But eager not to miss out on the merriment, Linley declined – but the Queen was having none of it.

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Sir Elton wrote: “When he [Linley] repeatedly tried to fob her off, the Queen lightly slapped him across the face, saying ‘Don’t’ — slap — ‘argue’ — slap — ‘with’ — slap — ‘me’ — slap — ‘I’ — slap — ‘am’ — slap — ‘THE QUEEN!’”

It was enough to send Linley scurrying off to check on his sister.

The Queen then turned, saw Sir Elton watching the encounter, winked at him, and walked off.

Sir Elton, 72, writes in his memoir, Me: “I know the Queen’s public image isn’t exactly one of wild frivolity, but…in private she could be hilarious.”

“But if I was bowled over by Diana, it was nothing compared with the impact she could have on straight men. They were just utterly bewitched.”

He elaborates with a story about when he and his now-husband David Furnish once invited Diana and actors Richard Gere and Sylvester Stallone to dinner, not long after Diana had separated from Prince Charles.

Sir Elton wrote: “Straight away, Richard Gere and Diana seemed very taken with each other.

“Judging by the kind of looks he kept shooting them, Diana and Richard Gere’s new blossoming friendship was not going down well with Sylvester Stallone.

“I think he may have turned up to the party with the express intention of picking Diana up.”

He goes on to explain how the two men were later found squaring up to each other over Diana in the corridor, but were successfully pacified.

Another funny anecdote shared in the book has a more sombre backstory.

He revealed the truth about the famous photo from 1997, where Diana appears to be comforting him at the 1997 funeral of slain fashion designer Gianni Versace.

Sir Elton wrote: “She was leaning just past me, reaching for a mint that David [Furnish] had offered her.

“The warm words of comfort were actually: ‘God, I’d love a Polo’.”

Sir Elton’s memoir, Me, will be published by Pan Macmillan on October 15.



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