When Queen Elizabeth has a request, it’s finest to not argue.

In Elton John‘s upcoming memoir, Me, the iconic singer wrote about witnessing a time when the monarch playfully slapped her nephew, Viscount Linley, throughout the face after he ignored her directions to test on his sister, Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, after she fell ailing at a celebration.

“When he 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!’ ” John recalled, based on a report in the Sunday Times.

Linley then adopted his aunt’s directions. The Queen, noticing that John had witness the sudden alternate, then winked at the musician and walked away.

“I know the Queen’s public image isn’t exactly one of wild frivolity, but… in private she could be hilarious,” John mentioned in the e-book.

John’s memoir additionally tells the story of a ceremonial dinner he as soon as held, the place actors Richard Gere and Sylvester Stallone appeared to return very near duking it out over Princess Diana.

The legendary singer, 72, writes that the London ceremonial dinner was held for former Walt Disney Studios chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg whereas John was engaged on music for the 1994 movie the Lion King.

“Straight away, Richard Gere and Diana seemed very taken with each other,” writes John, explaining that at the time, Diana was separated from Prince Charles and Gere, now 70, had ended his relationship with Cindy Crawford.

“As the rest of us chatted, I couldn’t help notice a strange atmosphere in the room. Judging by the kind of looks he kept shooting them, Diana and Richard Gere’s newly blossoming friendship was not going down well with Sylvester Stallone at all,” he provides. “I think he may have turned up to the party with the express intention of picking Diana up, only to find his plans for the evening ruined.”

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When it was supper time, John remembers that the group seen that each Gere and Stallone, 73, have been absent, and that his now-husband David Furnish found them “squaring up to each other, apparently about to settle their differences over Diana by having a fist-fight.”

Although Furnish was capable of break issues up, John notes that the rigidity between the trio was noticeable for the remainder of the night.

“After dinner, Diana and Richard Gere resumed their position together in front of the fire, and Sylvester stormed off home,” John writes, including that the actor yelled that he “never would have come” if he knew “Prince f—n’ Charming was gonna be right here.’ “

John’s autobiography affords up different revelations about his shut buddy, based on the Daily Mail, together with particulars about their temporary falling out, in addition to their reconciliation following the demise of their mutual buddy Gianni Versace.

John has spoken about a few of the making an attempt moments of their friendship in the previous.

During an interview on U.K. present Lorraine in 2018, shortly earlier than Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot, John spoke about Diana, calling her a “great friend.”

“She was very much loved,” he mentioned. “She was a controversial figure in some respects, but not to me. I loved her because she did so much for AIDS and she was a great friend to me. We had a falling out, but we reconciled in the end. It was an extraordinary summer. Gianni Versace was murdered , and then Diana rang me up and we reconciled. And six weeks later, I’m in the same house, and she’s dead. It was extraordinary, and I just couldn’t believe what was going on.”

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John’s autobiography Me is ready to be revealed on October 15.

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