28 June, 2009
As the undisputed King of Pop, Michael Jackson was constantly feted by the great and the good.
Royalty, movie stars and statesmen were dazzled by his talent, bewitched by his music and desperate to be his friend. But, as a natural recluse, Michael leaned on a close-knit group of A-list confidantes.
He was especially close to Princess Diana. They first met at a Wembley gig in 1988 when he handed her black Bad tour jackets for Princes William and Harry. At the time of Diana’s death in 1997 Jackson was spending thousands a month on phone calls to her.
He said: “We would talk about everything that was happening in her life. She needed to talk to someone who knew exactly what she was going through.”