Freddie Mercury sneaked Princess Diana into London gay club dressed as a man

Freddie Mercury dressed Princess Diana up as a male model to sneak her into a London gay club, it has been revealed. The revelation comes from the autobiography of comedienne Cleo Rocos' autobiography, which has been serialised in The Sunday Times. The 80's star attended the club with the couple and fellow comedian Kenny Everett.

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Freddie Mercury dressed Princess Diana up as a male model to sneak her into a London gay club, it has been revealed.

The revelation comes from the autobiography of comedienne Cleo Rocos’ autobiography, which has been serialised in The Sunday Times. The 80’s star attended the club with the couple and fellow comedian Kenny Everett.

In the book, Rocos recalls an afternoon when the unlikely gang of friends were drinking together at Kenny Everett‘s house in London. Looking for further entertainment, the group hatched a plan to smuggle Diana into the Vauxhall Tavern in a camouflage army jacket, leather cap and dark aviator sunglasses.

“Scrutinising her in the half light,” writes Rocos, “we decided that the most famous icon of the modern world might just — just — pass for a rather eccentrically dressed gay male model.”

On entering the club, she wrote: “The place was full. It took an absolute aeon to edge our way to the bar, with person after person cheerfully greeting us. It was fabulously outrageous and so bizarrely exciting. Our hearts pounded with every new leather-clad hairy body that approached, but no one, absolutely no one, recognised Diana.

“On we inched, through the leather throngs and thongs, until finally we reached the bar. We were nudging each other like naughty schoolchildren. Diana and Freddie were giggling, but she did order a white wine and a beer. Once the transaction was completed, we looked at one another, united in our triumphant quest. We did it!

“Never has going to a bar been quite so exhilarating and fun. We then made a swift exit, a cab was hailed and we whisked Diana back to Kensington Palace. The jolly queens queuing outside unknowingly waved back as their ‘queen of hearts’ waved goodbye. Not a single person ever found us out.”

Princess Diana died in a car crash in 1997. In 1991, Queen singer Freddie Mercury passed way from an AIDS-related illness.

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