John Travolta on Princess Diana: American actor John Travolta recalls Princess Diana reminiscing the old days and describes his experience of dancing with her as a fairytale.
Princess Diana has always been known for her boldness and intriguing ways, she was a trailblazer, activist, style icon, and one of the most influential people of the 20th century. Although she spent a significant part of her life under scrutiny, she always held her head high, her dauntless nature has made her an icon in the present day, someone young women can look up to.
John Travolta on dancing with the royalty
American actor and singer John Joseph Travolta who is popularly known for his television sitcom Welcome Back met the late Princess of Wales at a White House party in 1985. He admitted it was a “great privilege and honour” to be able to dance with her at the bash and was recently witnessed recalling the old days.
Travolta describes his dancing experience with Princess Diana as like a fairytale and said he would never forget it. The pair took to the floor at the 1985 event hosted by then-President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan, to the delight of attendees. Travolta had gained impeccable fame due to his dance performances in the hit movies Saturday Night Fever and Grease, reflected on the moment with Esquire Mexico.
The 67-year-old actor recollects his memories from the time and elucidates, “We were at the White House. It’s midnight. The stage is like a dream. I approach her, touch her elbow, invite her to dance. He also describes Princess Diana as “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,”
The Pulp Fiction actor also admitted that he never expected that he would get a chance to dance with Princess Diana or even talk to her before the event. “I didn’t think they’d ask me to dance with her. I had the great privilege and honour of doing so, and I thought, There must be a reason for doing this and I better give it my all,” he said.
“That meant lead the dance well and make sure we had fun. That was the easy part, but just the fact of greeting Diana appropriately, being confident and asking her to dance was a complicated task,” he recalls.
Royalty also expressed her desire to dance with him
Travolta previously revealed in an interview with Dutch television station Één that Nancy Reagan had told him Princess Diana wished to dance with him. Travolta also expressed his grief and shared how he misses her presence, “I’m so honoured that I was able to experience this, and I know for a fact that it was her highlight of being in the United States; it was her favourite moment. So I feel I made her life better, she made my life better, and I’m very sorry that she’s not here.”