Prince Charles reportedly had a brief affair with an Academy Award winning star, thrilling the British tabloids with rumors of their dalliance after splitting from his then-wife, Princess Diana, in 1994.
Barbra Streisand alluded to the romance between the prince and herself with a series of photos and comments during her British Summer Time Hyde Park concert on July 7, reported The Daily Mail. She noted that her life could have turned out very differently if the reported romance had blossomed.
“If I had played my cards right, I could have been the first Jewish princess,” Streisand quipped to the audience. She supplemented her claims with newspaper headlines on a large screen behind her, such as “Barbra charms her prince, Charles.” The pair first met when the legendary singer, actress and director was filming the follow-up to her Oscar winning role in the film Funny Girl, titled Funny Lady in 1974. Rumors of a brief dalliance surfaced 20 years later after Prince Charles had split from his then-wife, Princess Diana.
People Magazine reported that it was rumored Charles was “infatuated” with the superstar singer, and even had her poster on his wall.
Rumors that added fuel to the fire of the couple’s one-time romance came after the publication of a biography by Christopher Andersen, titled Game of Crowns: Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate, and the Throne. The book claimed Prince Charles and Streisand “had a secret rendezvous at the Bel Air Hotel that no one [knew] about” during the royal family member’s trip to the United States. At the time, he was separated from the late Princess Diana, and was continuing his romance with Camilla Parker Bowles, which he reportedly maintained throughout his union to the late princess.
Other big surprises at Streisand’s London concert included a performance with her A Star is Born co-star Kris Kristofferson. The two performed in the hit movie in 1976. The latest version of the film starred Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, and won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Lionel Richie also took to the stage with Streisand for their first live performance of the iconic tune The Way We Were, recorded for her 2014 duets LP, Partners.
Streisand also referenced Meghan Markle in her set, reported People Magazine. The singer changed a song lyric to include the latest addition to the royal family and its first American princess. The iconic singer crooned in honor of the Duchess of Sussex, “When the sun begins to sparkle, like that ring on Meghan Markle.”
Barbra Streisand will next perform at New York City’s Madison Square Garden in August, her first concert at the legendary venue in 13 years.