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John Travolta reminisced about the “fairytale” moment he danced with Princess Diana at Ronald and Nancy Reagan’s gala dinner at the White House in 1985.
“I didn’t think they’d ask me to dance with her. I had the great privilege and honor of doing so, and I thought, ‘There must be a reason for doing this and I better give it my all,’” Travolta, 67, told Esquire Spain in his May 2021 cover story.
The “Grease” star recalled feeling pressure to make sure everything went smoothly with the royal, who died in 1997.
“That meant lead the dance well and make sure we had fun. That was the easy part,” he said. “But just the fact of greeting Diana appropriately, being confident and asking her to dance was a complicated task.”
Travolta went on to describe the energy in the room at the event and how Diana reacted to his invitation to hit the dance floor.
“Think of the setting. We were at the White House. It’s midnight. The stage is like a dream,” he remembered. “I approach her, touch her elbow, invite her to dance. She spins around and gives me that captivating smile, just a little sad, and accepts my invitation. And there we were, dancing together as if it were a fairytale.”
Looking back, the “Saturday Night Fever” star still can’t believe he had the honor of grooving with Diana.
“Who could ever imagine something like that would happen to them someday?” he asked. “I was smart enough to stamp it in my memory as a very special, magical moment.”
Diana was accompanied at the dinner by her husband at the time, Prince Charles.
She and the Prince of Wales, the parents of Prince William and Prince Harry, eventually divorced in 1996 after 15 years of marriage. A year later, she was tragically killed in a car accident at the age of 36.
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