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 accident. While the star was alive, she was known to hang out with the entertainment elite. Included in that line-up was Michael Jackson, whom she met once before one of her concerts in London in 1988.
Michael was scheduled to play at Wembley Stadium on July 16, 1988 when he was at the height of his glory.
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 concert in London, Michael met Princess Diana for the first and only time.
The couple met in an official line-up where they shook hands, took photos for the press and discussed music.
Just before Princess Diana left to find her place alongside Prince Charles, Michael gifted her with three iconic keepsakes.
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Michael gifted Princess Diana with two bespoke leather jackets with “BAD” on the back for his sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.
The King of Pop also gifted the royal with a platinum wall hanging filled with 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 and asked, ‘Are you going to do Dirty Diana?’
“I said no!’. [She said]: ‘No! I want you to do it! Make the song! ‘”
At the request of Princess Diana, Michael put the song back on his setlist.
He added, “She told me she was honored to meet me, and I said it was an honor to meet you.”
Michael previously revealed that he 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, but… they call them groupies.
“But I took it off the show [in London] in honor of His Royal Highness. “