Mariah Carey's "unforgettable moment" with Princess Diana

Jennifer Savin
·2-min read
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Photo credit: Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Both royalty in their own right, the fact that Princess Diana and Mariah Carey (anyone who tries to say Mariah isn't the Queen of Pop will have to work very hard to persuade me otherwise...) once shared a "moment" at a party is the exact news we needed to share today. What with all the other topics up for discussion – see: the coronavirus pandemic and the US election – being somewhat, err, heavy.

In her new autobiography, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, the hitmaker details what happened when she and Lady Di ended up in the same room shortly before her tragic passing. While writing about feeling "hunted ferociously" by the press, five years after Princess Diana's fatal car crash while being pursued by the paparazzi in Paris, Mariah says, "I studied how the press hounded her like hyenas. I once had a brief but unforgettable moment with Lady Di when our eyes locked at a Vogue party."

She continued on to add that the Princess looked beautiful in a "stunning sapphire-colored gown, neck dripping in the same blue gems" and that she had "that look – the dull terror of never being left alone burning behind her eyes". A feeling that Mariah frequently expresses having throughout her memoir.

Photo credit: GERARD JULIEN - Getty Images
Photo credit: GERARD JULIEN - Getty Images

"We were both like cornered animals in couture," Mariah notes. "I completely recognised and identified with her. We shared that understanding of how it felt always being surrounded by people, all of whom might not be trying to hurt you, but all of whom are trying to do something."

She ends the short anecdote by saying sadly, Diana died not long after. "I didn't know she would be caught and killed shortly after our encounter."

Princess Diana was known to rub shoulders with many other famous faces and counted Elton John as a close friend. In his own autobiography, Elton describes the Princess as being "blessed with an incredible social ease, an ability to talk to anybody, to make herself seem ordinary." He also shares a story about the time he attended a dinner party with Diana and says he observed both Richard Gere and Sylvester Stallone becoming smitten with her – and it almost resulting in actual fisticuffs.

If you're keen for more Mariah magic, pick up the book here:

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