'Hello, Goodbye, Hello': 6 oddball meetings between celebrities

Richard Nixon met Elvis Presley? Here are 6 celebrity meetings you'd never imagine from Craig Brown's new book 'Hello, Goodbye, Hello.'

6. Princess Diana and Princess Grace

L: Eduardo Di Baia/AP R: Paramount Picture Corporation

Diana attended her first public event as Prince Charles' fiancé – a concert – a week after they became engaged, She went by herself, wearing a black dress that quickly became famous for how revealing it was. Princess Grace of Monaco was also at the concert and reportedly, having seen how nervous Diana was, suggested that they go to the ladies' room together. Diana burst into tears, telling Princess Grace that the event had made her realize how little privacy she would have from then on. Princess Grace hugged her and joked, "Don't worry, dear. You'll see – it only gets worse."

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