Today marks what would have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday. The royal tragically died on August 31, 1997 at just 36-years-old in a car crash. While the star was alive she was known to rub shoulders with the entertainment elite. Included in this line-up was Michael Jackson, whom she met once before one of his London concerts in 1988.
Michael was set to play Wembley Stadium on July 16, 1988 when he was at the height of his fame.
The singer had just released his seventh studio album, Bad, and was quickly becoming one of the biggest stars on the planet.
Before his legendary London gig, Michael met Princess Diana for the first and only time.
The pair met in an official line-up where they shook hands, took photos for the press and chatted about music.
Just before Princess Diana left to find her seat alongside Prince Charles, Michael gifted her three iconic pieces of memorabilia.
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Michael gave Princess Diana two custom-made leather jackets with “BAD” emblazoned on theirs backs for her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.
The King of Pop also gave the royal a platinum wall hanging full of his latest CDs.
The singer also gave the royal a very large cash gift as a donation.
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Michael said: “She took me away and asked: ‘Are you going to do Dirty Diana?’
“I said: ‘No!’. [She said]: ‘No! I want you to do it! Do the song!'”
Because of Princess Diana’s request, Michael put the song back in his setlist.
He added: “She told me she was honoured to meet me, and I said it’s an honour to meet you.”
Michael previously revealed he had removed Dirty Diana from his setlist because of Princess Diana.
He said: “I wrote a song called Dirty Diana. It’s not about Lady Diana it’s about … they call them groupies.
“But I took it out of the show [in London] in honour of her royal highness.”
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