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Freddie Mercury, Princess Diana Snuck Into Gay Bar With Her Disguised as a Man

Image: Freddie Mercury, Princess Diana Snuck Into Gay Bar With Her Disguised as a Man Left, Princess Diana; right, Queen singer Freddie Mercury, who in 1988 allegedly smuggled her into a landmark gay bar, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern (center).

By Alexandra Ward   |   Tuesday, 02 Apr 2013 08:14 AM

Freddy Mercury helped Princess Diana enjoy an anonymous night out on the town in the '80s when he dressed her up as a man and escorted her to a gay bar, according to a new book.

Clad in a bulky army jacket, dark sunglasses, and a hat, Princess Diana went unnoticed at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in London on a night out with the Queen singer, TV star Kenny Everett, and British comedian and TV personality Cleo Rocos in1988, according to the Independent. The experience was captured in Rocos' new book, "The Power of Positive Drinking."

"When we walked in we felt she was obviously Princess Diana and would be discovered at any minute, but people just seemed to blank her," Rocos wrote. "She sort of disappeared. But she loved it. She did look like a beautiful young man."

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The star power of Mercury and Everett helped divert attention off of Diana, Rocos said, and the Princess of Wales was able to order drinks at the bar. The group left after about 20 minutes.

"It was fabulously outrageous and so bizarrely exciting," Rocos wrote. "Our hearts pounded with every new leather-clad hairy body that approached, but no one, absolutely no one, recognized Diana."

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Unfortunately, the story can never be verified. Mercury, best known for his live performances and Queen hits such as "Bohemian Rhapsody," died in 1991 at age 45 of an AIDS-related illness.

Everett died of AIDS in 1995.

Diana died in a car crash in Paris in 1997 at 36 with lover Dodi Fayed.

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