Singer Barbra Streisand reveals her unusual friendship with King Charles in her new book, “My Name is Barbra.”
In her new memoir, Barbra Streisand reveals the intense relationship she had with King Charles III (Credits: Kirsty Wigglesworth)
The 81-year-old American, who has always been known for her candor, recounts how she forged a lasting relationship with the 74-year-old British monarch. They first met in 1974 on the set of the film Funny Lady and have maintained a close relationship ever since. The singer remembers that at that time there were even rumors that the then Prince of Wales had a poster of her and was in love with her.
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In her memoirs, Streisand does not rule out that her relationship with Charles went beyond a friendship. In fact, he suggests that his former wife, Princess Diana, once suspected that the two could be having an affair. Likewise, the artist even joked that, “if I had played my cards right, I could have been the first Jewish princess,” in clear allusion to the interest that the prince showed in her from their first meeting.
In her memoir, “My Name is Barbra,” the singer and actress confesses that she came close to becoming “the first Jewish princess” due to her relationship with the now King Charles III (Credits: Amazon)
Interestingly, the first time Streisand and King Charles met was in 1974 while he was serving in the Royal Navy in San Diego, California. According to the award-winning singer, the prince decided to travel to the Mecca of cinema because he wanted to meet the “woman behind the voice.”
Despite both of their shy personalities, they managed to connect and forge a friendship. In 1994, they met again, this time backstage at Streisand’s concert at Wembley Arena in London. Charles attended the concert at the Royal Box and later sent a bouquet of flowers from her own garden to the singer as an expression of his affection and admiration, which was accompanied by a card with a brief but touching message.
During his youth, Prince Charles III declared himself a fan of Barbra Streisand’s music (Photo by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)
“It was a pleasure to attend your concert last night, it was wonderful and I loved every minute of it!” the card read.
In 2006, an unauthorized biography under the name Barbra – The Way She Is claimed that Streisand had a secret affair with Charles. The Prince, who reportedly proclaimed that the singer was “my only idol,” allegedly had a relationship with her in November 1994, two years after her separation from Princess Diana.
In addition to his appreciation for Streisand’s music, Charles was also interested in gardens and organic food, topics he is known to share with the singer. In 1995, the Prince invited Streisand to his Gloucestershire residence where they enjoyed a candlelit dinner while discussing art and architecture.
Barbra Streisand and Prince Charles III still maintain a great friendship (Credits: ITN Archive)
The link between the two seems to remain to this day. Streisand recalls that she recently received a card from Charles featuring one of his watercolors for her birthday and a video message to celebrate her 80th birthday. In her book, she also fondly remembers Queen Elizabeth II, with whom she had the opportunity to interact at the London premiere of his film Funny Lady in 1975.
In addition to reviewing her history with King Charles III, Streisand also reflected in her book on one of the topics that has haunted her most throughout her life: her nose.
Barbra reviewed the hundreds of nicknames she heard in her years in film and music.
Barbra Streisand reflected on the nicknames she received all her life for her particular nose 163
“A friendly anteater, a sour persimmon, an angry hamster, a short-sighted gazelle and a dizzy ferret,” declares Barbra, who also assures that even after all these years, these nicknames “still hurt.”
On many occasions, Barbra reiterated that she had no intention of letting a surgeon touch her nose, because it was thanks to her deviated septum that she achieved her particular tone of voice.