Richard Gere, Sylvester Stallone nearly had a 'fist-fight' over Princess Diana, Elton John claims

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Princess Diana was a highly sought-after woman.

In an excerpt from his new memoir, "Me," which ran on the Daily Mail, Elton John recalls a preeminent example of the so-called Diana Effect that the late royal had on the people that she encountered throughout her life, "one that could bring Hollywood superstars to the verge of a punch-up over her, like a couple of love-struck teenage idiots."

In the early nineties, after Diana had separated from Prince Charles in 1992 and before the release of "The Lion King" in 1994, for which John wrote music, John and his now-husband David Furnish threw a dinner party for Disney head Jeffrey Katzenberg and his wife in London, which was attended by a slew of famous faces.

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In addition to George Michael and Richard Curtis, Princess Diana, Sylvester Stallone and Richard Gere were all also in attendance and the night, as recalled by John, would result in "the most peculiar scene."

"Straight away, Richard Gere and Diana seemed very taken with each other," he writes in his memoir. "She was separated from Charles by this point, and Richard had broken up with Cindy Crawford. They ended up sitting in front of the fireplace together, locked in rapt conversation."

Not everyone at the exclusive dinner party was happy with Diana and Gere's instant connection, however.

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"Judging by the kind of looks he kept shooting them, Diana and Richard Gere's newly blossoming friendship was not going down well with Sylvester Stallone at all," he explained. "I think he may have turned up to the party with the express intention of picking Diana up, only to find his plans for the evening ruined."

As their guests moved to the dinner table, John and Furnish noticed that two people were noticeably absent: Gere and Stallone. John remembers asking his partner to go find them before he reported back that they had a "situation" on their hands.

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"It transpired that he'd discovered Sylvester Stallone and Richard Gere in the corridor, squaring up to each other, apparently about to settle their differences over Diana by having a fist-fight," he writes, before revealing that the "Rocky" star "stormed off" out of the party following the dinner, still angry that he missed his chance with Diana.

"'I never would have come,' he snapped, as David and I showed him to the door, 'if I'd known Prince f---in' Charming was gonna be here.' Then he added: 'If I'd wanted her, I would've taken her!'" John writes in the excerpt. "We managed to wait until his car was out of sight before we started laughing."

Meanwhile, Diana was "unruffled" by the commotion.

"Maybe she hadn't realised what was happening," John muses. "Or maybe stuff like that happened all the time and she was used to it."

"Me" by Elton John will be released on October 15. Pre-order it here.

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American actor John Travolta twirls Lady Diana, Princess of Wales, on the dance floor while at a White House banquet. In the background, American President Ronald Reagan with wife Nancy. (Photo by jean-Louis Atlan/Sygma via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 09: (FILE PHOTO) Diana, Princess Of Wales, watched by President Ronald Reagan and wife Nancy, dances with John Travolta at the White House, USA on November 9, 1985. Diana is wearing a midnight blue velvet dress by designer Victor Edelstein. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage) On July 1st Diana, Princess Of Wales would have celebrated her 50th Birthday Please refer to the following profile on Getty Images Archival for further imagery. http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=107811125&EditorialProduct=Archival For further images see also: Princess Diana: http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Account/MediaBin/LightboxDetail.aspx?Id=17267941&MediaBinUserId=5317233 Following Diana's Death: http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Account/MediaBin/LightboxDetail.aspx?Id=18894787&MediaBinUserId=5317233 Princess Diana - A Style Icon: http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Account/MediaBin/LightboxDetail.aspx?Id=18253159&MediaBinUserId=5317233
File Photo: Princess Diana on her visit to America and wearing an evening dress designed by Victor Edelstein, dances with movie star John Travolta in the White House on November 9, 1985. (Photo by © Pool Photograph/Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
John Travolta twirls Princess Diana on the dance floor while at a White House banquet. Ronald and Nancy Reagan can be seen in the background. (Photo by © Pool Photograph/Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
File photo: Princess Diana dances with actor John Travolta in a dress designed by Victor Edelstein, whilst attending a State Dinner at the White House. On the fifth anniversary of Princess Diana's death her loss is mourned by many people among them the fashion designers whose creations she wore with great style. (Photo by © Pool Photograph/Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 9: Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing an evening dress designed by Victor Edelstein, dances with movie star John Travolta at the White House during her visit to America on November 9, 1985 in Washington DC, U.S.A. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 09: Diana, Princess Of Wales, watched by President Ronald Reagan and wife Nancy, dances with John Travolta at the White House, USA on November 9, 1985. Diana is wearing a midnight blue velvet dress by designer Victor Edelstein. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales, visit Washington DC, Gala Dinner at the White House, John Travolta, 9th November 1985. (Photo by John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - JUNE 22: Diana, Princess Of Wales's Dresses On Display At Christie's, New York, Prior To The Sale. The Blue Dress Was Designed By Fashion Designer Victor Edelstein. It Was The Dress In Which Diana Danced With John Travolta At The White House. (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
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