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John Travolta has reflected on his iconic dance with Princess Diana and how he plucked up the courage to approach her.
The Grease actor, 67, and the royal twirled around the dance floor at a 1985 White House state dinner hosted by then-President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan.
Diana looked incredible in a black ballgown, with the moment becoming one of the most iconic pictures of her.
Speaking to Esquire Mexico, John, who said the dance was like a “dream”, revealed how nervous he was to approach the royal.
He said: “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.’
“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 continued: “Think of the setting. 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.
“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.”
John previously revealed that Nancy Reagan had let him know that Diana wanted to dance with him.
He Dutch television station Één : “[She] said, ‘It is her wish.’
“At midnight, I had to tap her on her shoulder, and I had to say, ‘Would you care to dance?’
“She turned around and dipped her head in that Lady Diana way, and we were off for 15 minutes dancing.”
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