Sunday, 31 March 2013

Showbusiness: Carry On Cleo

QUEEN'S Freddie Mercury smuggled Princess Diana into a gay bar during the 1980s dressed as a male model so she wouldn't be recognised, a new memoir claims. Comedienne Cleo Rocos says in her new book, The Power of Positive Drinking, that she, Mercury and fellow comedian Kenny Everett dressed Diana in an army jacket, cap and sunglasses for a night out at gay haunt the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, in South London.
Rocos says they met the princess at Everett's penthouse and revealed their plans to go to a gay pub later in the evening.
"Freddie told her we were going to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, a notorious gay bar in London. Diana said she had never heard of it and said she'd like to come," says Rocos...

The Sun.

Some people more cynical than I may suspect that Cleo Rocos has made this up to publicise her new book, so it's a shame all the other people mentioned in the story - Kenny, Freddie and Diana - are all dead and can't confirm its veracity.

PS I may be wrong - Di seemed like a game old girl so I suppose it's not completely without the bounds of possibility - but I can't recall hearing before any mention that Diana was good friends with Mercury or Everett. And wasn't Freddie more of an Earl's Court man? I'm not up on how the Royal Family do these things - on account of not really giving a fuck - but wouldn't the young princess have had a security attachment?
And moreover, why did Cleo forget to include this amusing and oh-so tabloid-friendly episode in her previous book, Bananas Forever: My Life With Kenny Everett? 

Update: Pink News reprinted this without questioning it in a piece by occasional contributor Joseph Patrick McCormick, who also fell for this obvious American hoax/satire last week. Sorry, but this person is so daft/credulous/lazy, he's a liability.
As did Queerty, and various gay blogs.
Even Gay Star News put "claims author" in the headline (PN said "reports have revealed"!) - but they managed to spell Freddie's name wrong, and claim Diana was "an outspoken Aids activist", which is pushing it a bit.
Your wonderful gay media not at work!

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