Elton John once saw Queen Elizabeth repeatedly slap her nephew across the face at a party and is dishing the dirt on the British monarch in his new book, according to a report by Metro.co.uk
The "Candle in the Wind" singer vividly recalls how the queen lost her cool with Viscount Linley after he ignored her orders to watch over his sister Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, who had taken ill and left the party.
"When he repeatedly tried to ignore her, 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 writes in his autobiography "Me."
The disciplining apparently worked because Viscount quickly "scurried away to complete the Queen's wishes."
When Queen Elizabeth realized John had seen the entire incident unfold, she reportedly gave him a wink then walked off to mingle with guests as if nothing had happened.
There are also other juicy tidbits of royal gossip revealed in John's forthcoming book. One notable incident took place at a dinner party where Richard Gere, Sylvester Stallone and the newly single Princess Diana were in attendance.
Enamored by her charm and beauty, the two actors nearly got into a fistfight while competing for her attention.
"Straight away, Richard Gere and Diana seemed very taken with each other," John recalls, adding that there was a sudden change of 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 writes, according to People. "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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