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Sir Elton John has made it no secret that he shares a close relationship with members of the British Royal Family, even singing at the funeral of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Now, the singer claims to have had a front-row seat during a confrontation between the Monarch and her nephew.
When he [Linley] repeatedly tried to fob her off, the Queen lightly slapped him across the face
Sir Elton John
The Earl of Snowdon, David Anthony Armstrong-Jones, 59, is the only nephew to Her Majesty The Queen, who was his mum Princess Margaret’s sister.
Her Majesty is known for having a close relationship with her sister’s children, with the Earl walking behind Prince Philip’s coffin during his funeral and her niece Lady Sarah Chatto appearing alongside the monarch on several occasions.
Sir Elton John, 74, has been fortunate enough to witness the close relationship with members of The Royal Family over the years, thanks to his friendship with the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
However, one incident at a royal party left the I’m Still Standing singer in disbelief.
Writing in his memoir, Me, Elton claims to have witnessed The Queen get into an argument with the second Earl of Snowdon.
It’s said that Her Majesty, 95, had asked the Earl to check in on his sister, who at the time was sick and wasn’t able to attend the function.
This, however, is something David allegedly had not wanted to do.
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!”
The singer went on to reveal that after the heated conversation, David did as he was told and went to see Lady Sarah.
However, Elton admitted that the Queen “could be” rather funny behind closed doors during intimate family time.
“I know the Queen’s public image isn’t exactly one of wild frivolity, but… in private she could be hilarious,” he penned.
Following the death of Diana, Elton has maintained a close relationship with her two sons, Princes William and Harry.
He even defended Harry and his wife Meghan Markle on Instagram, when they were criticised for using a private jet, despite publicly speaking out about climate change.
The music legend said that he paid for the couple to fly on the jet to his home in Nice and that he also paid for the carbon offset.
He slammed what he called the character “assassination” of Harry and Meghan, explaining that he feels protective of the prince after his mother Princess Diana died.
Elton explained: “I feel a profound sense of obligation to protect Harry and his family from the unnecessary press intrusion that contributed to Diana’s untimely death.”
He added that the private jet was only to “maintain a high level of much-needed protection” of the couple.
Elton later claimed that during a dinner party, actors Richard Gere and Sylvester Stallone once almost fought over Diana, Princess of Wales.
He claimed: “Stallone and Gere were nowhere to be found…
“[David Furnish found them] apparently about to settle their differences over Diana by having a fistfight.”
Express.co.uk has approached representatives for Her Majesty, Elton John and the Earl of Snowdon for further comment.
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