Let me start out by saying this is a RUMOR. I have no proof this truly happened. I only know what I see on TV, the newspaper, the internet or a bathroom wall. That being said, there’s a story going around that [lastfm]Robert Palmer[/lastfm] had an affair with…Princess Diana!!! Of course, neither can comfirm nor deny as they’re no longer alive.
Here’s what I’ve read…
(Courtesy of London’s Sunday Express)
It started as a post by a notorious showbusiness blogger who claimed to have proof of an explosive royal affair. The claims could not have been more controversial: could Diana have had a secret relationship with Robert Palmer? That was the rumour circulating through cyberspace last week after journalist Ian Halperin claimed a close friend of the late singer had confirmed the affair. Mr Halperin said on his site: “It was an extramarital affair that could have hurt a lot of people, the friend said. Diana was in love with Robert and wanted to spend every second with him. “The source insists that the affair was the final straw in Diana’s marriage to Charles. Two years later they divorced.”
Suspicions were raised when the post was removed from his website ianundercover.com within days of it being published. Palmer’s widow, Mary Ambrose, took down her Facebook social networking page amid the allegations.
Mary, Palmer’s second wife, was his partner when the affair is alleged to have taken place. The couple were said to be so besotted with one another that she inspired his 1988 hit Simply Irresistible and was the inspiration for his 1994 album Honey.
Because it is legally impossible to defame the dead, the Princess and Palmer are easy targets but, on the face of it, the relationship is not completely implausible. In 1994, Diana had been separated from Charles for two years. In June that year, he admitted during a television interview with Jonathan Dimbleby that he had committed adultery. Meanwhile, Palmer was in London promoting his album Honey following huge chart success in the Eighties.
Famed for his love of Savile Row suits and fine dining, the charming Yorkshire-born singer always stayed at the St James’s Club in London, a short distance from Diana’s home, Kensington Palace. Although based in Lugano, Switzerland, with Mary Ambrose, Palmer remained a regular visitor to the capital.
Mr Halperin even suggested that Diana became pregnant and had an abortion. “She went to a private clinic to avoid the biggest scandal ever in Britain,” he said. “They never slept together again because Diana was terrified what Charles would do to her.” But any romance seems unlikely. Although she made no secret of being star-struck by pop acts like Duran Duran and George Michael, Diana never appeared to have much contact with Palmer. It has also been alleged that she embarked on another affair – with the art dealer Oliver Hoare – in 1994. In her 2004 book, The Real Diana, Lady Colin Campbell even alleged that the Princess had aborted Mr Hoare’s child.
Describing Diana as “almost unhinged with misery and grief”, she claimed the princess made up to 300 nuisance phone calls to Mr Hoare, which were intercepted by his wife. A year later Diana admitted to an affair with James Hewitt during a BBC interview with Martin Bashir on Panorama. In 1996, her divorce was made final. Both she and Palmer died in Paris – Diana, aged 36, in a car crash in 1997, and Palmer after suffering a heart attack at the age of 54 while on holiday in the French capital in 2003.
Last night, Palmer’s long-time manager Mick Cater poured scorn on the claims, dubbing them “total and utter rubbish.” He added: “He never even met Princess Diana. Whoever’s written it is lying.”
Halperin, a Canadian who found fame for his articles claiming Michael Jackson had health problems and predicted his death six months before he died last June, said he was preparing a revised post on the story after receiving fresh information. He said he stood by his abortion claim “100 per cent” but his sources could not be sure that Palmer was the father. “My sources say Diana had an affair with a rocker called Robert and assumed it was Robert Palmer, but more information has come to light which casts doubt over the story,” he said. “I have since spoken to someone very close to Robert Palmer who says it isn’t true and he swears he wouldn’t give me the run-around. “If I can’t prove it, I don’t post it. I stand by the story but it was probably another Robert.”
Mary Ambrose was unavailable for comment last night.