Princess Diana and George Michael shared a close bond, and the late princess's former chef shared memories of the pair's friendship on his Twitter feed shortly after the pop star's death was announced over the weekend.
Darren McGrady, who has also served the Queen and Princes William and Harry, gave fans a further insight into the kind of fun they shared. He tweeted: "RIP @GeorgeMichael You made me laugh out loud when you came for lunch with Princess Diana at Kensington Palace. She adored you."
Former royal chef speaks about Princess Diana and George Michael's friendship
"Remember #PrincessDiana teasing @GeorgeMichael driving to @KensingtonRoyal with two glossy mags on the front seat, him on the cover. #SoVain," he later added. "Always knew when #PrincessDiana was in a good mood @GeorgeMichael music used to belt out around the @KensingtonRoyal courtyard #HappyTimes."
George's publicist announced the news that the singer had passed away at age 53 on Christmas Day. The Wham! star, real name Georgious Kyriacos Panayiotou, previously revealed that Princess Diana was the only person who made him feel like an "ordinary person".
The pop star passed away on Christmas Day
"Diana was the only person that I knew who made me feel like an ordinary person," he said in a past interview (via The Mirror). "That's what I thought was so amazing about her." He added: "But I was always reluctant to call her up. It was almost like a mate of mine who doesn't want to call me up too much in case it looks strange – because he thinks that everybody else is calling me up."
George sold more than 100-million albums throughout his career, which spanned almost four decades. His song "Last Christmas"was one of his former band's most well-known classic hits, and a special part of the festive season for millions around the world.