‘I would’ve taken her!’

Richard Gere, Sly Stal­lone nearly fought over Di, El­ton says

Edmonton Sun - - SHOWBIZ - — WENN

el­ton John has re­called a night he spent with his late friend Princess Diana, where Hol­ly­wood icons Sylvester Stal­lone and Richard Gere fought over the bri­tish royal’s af­fec­tions.

the Rocket Man singer was in­cred­i­bly close with diana and re-wrote his clas­sic Can­dle in the Wind fol­low­ing her death in 1997 as a tribute to his pal, with the global pro­ceeds from the song go­ing to­wards diana’s char­i­ties.

In his up­com­ing au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, Me: El­ton John, the star re­counts sev­eral oc­ca­sions he spent with the princess — in­clud­ing one night with the two ac­tors.

re­call­ing the evening, he wrote in ex­tracts ob­tained by bri­tain’s Daily Mail news­pa­per: “richard Gere and diana seemed very taken with each other.

“as the rest of us chat­ted, I couldn’t help no­tice a strange at­mos­phere in the room ... diana and richard Gere’s newly blossoming friend­ship was not go­ing down well with Sylvester Stal­lone at all.”

the Rocky star had ap­par­ently at­tended the din­ner party in­tend­ing to ro­mance diana.

af­ter notic­ing diana and Gere seemed to go miss­ing, he re­mem­bered: “I asked david (Fur­nish, part­ner) to go and find them. He came back with both of them, but he was wear­ing a fairly ashen ex­pres­sion. ‘el­ton,’ he mum­bled. ‘We have ... a sit­u­a­tion.’

“It tran­spired that he’d dis­cov­ered Sylvester Stal­lone and richard Gere in the cor­ri­dor, squar­ing up to each other, ap­par­ently about to set­tle their dif­fer­ences over diana by hav­ing a fist-fight.”

Gere and Stal­lone re­turned for din­ner, he wrote, but the feud es­ca­lated once more af­ter the meal was over.

“af­ter din­ner, diana and richard Gere re­sumed their po­si­tion to­gether in front of the fire, and Sylvester stormed off home,” he added.

“‘I never would have come,’ he (Sylvester) snapped, as david and I showed him to the door, ‘If I’d known Prince f---in’ charm­ing was gonna be here.’ then he al­legedly added: ‘If I’d wanted her, I would’ve taken her!’ ”

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