‘She was near and dear to his heart’: Michael Jackson’s son says King Of Pop and Princess Diana were ‘close friends’ as they shared a ‘connection’ over wanting to be good parents

  • Michael Jackson was close friends with Princess Diana after they met in 1988
  • That is what his son said while on I TV’s Good Morning Britain on Friday
  • ‘Every time my father used to speak about his relationship with her it was filled with so much love,’ he began 
  • ‘But also at the same time sorrow, because he had lost a friend that was so near and dear to his heart,’ said the 25-year-old humanitarian 

Michael Jackson was close friends with Princess Diana after the two superstars met in the late Eighties.

That is what the King Of Pop’s son Prince Jackson said while on ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Friday.

‘Every time my father used to speak about his relationship with her it was filled with so much love, but also at the same time sorrow, because he had lost a friend that was so near and dear to his heart,’ said the 25-year-old humanitarian.

Michael, who passed away in 2009, first became acquainted with Diana, who died in 1997, while backstage at Wembley Stadium in London in 1988. 

Close pals: Michael Jackson was close friends with Princess Diana after the two superstars met in the late Eighties. That is what the King Of Pop’s son Prince Jackson said while on I TV’s Good Morning Britain on Friday. Seen in July 1988 

They shared a laugh: ‘Every time my father used to speak about his relationship with her it was filled with so much love, but also at the same time sorrow, because he had lost a friend that was so near and dear to his heart,’ said the 25-year-old star

Prince was born in February 1997 just months before Diana died in a car accident in Paris in August 1997.  

Prince shared that the pop star – whose biggest hits were Thriller and Bad – thought he had a lot in common with the popular princess.

‘He just felt like, as he explained it to me, that he felt connected to her in a way that he didn’t really have those connections with other people,’ shared Prince. 

Charles looks away: ‘He just felt like, as he explained it to me, that he felt connected to her in a way that he didn’t really have those connections with other people,’ shared Prince 

The King was there too: Prince Charles meets Jackson backstage at Wembley Stadium in London, before a concert by Jackson in aid of the Prince’s Trust charity, July 1988

On stage: Jackson at Wembley Stadium during his BAD concert tour in July 1988

And Michael had many high-profile friends including Elizabeth Taylor and Madonna. 

‘I think that, based off of what he was telling me, they kind of fed off each other in the sense that this love was communal, and he loved how she loved and he loved how she tried to be a great mom to her children and how she wanted to just be a good person,’ said Prince.

Michael had three kids: Prince, 25, Paris, 24, and Blanket, 20 (real name Prince Michael Jackson II).

Diana had William, 40, and Harry, 38. 

‘And that was all that he was about. He wanted to be a great father, and he wanted to be a great person,’ continued Prince.

A proud son: Michael had three kids: Prince, 25 (pictured in 2018 in LA), Paris, 24, and Blanket, 20 (real name Prince Michael Jackson II). Prince has continued his father’s philanthropic work

The way they were: Michael with kids Prince and Paris in Los Angeles

The family: Michael Jackson’s kids Prince, Blanket and Paris with Latoya Jackson and Katherine Jackson at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in 2011

‘And I felt like there was just so much synergy there. And when he would speak about her it was with so much love, but also some sorrow because he had lost such a good friend.’

Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris on August 31 1997. Michael passed 12 years later in 2009.

Michael, cited as one of the most influential musicians thanks to his era-defining albums and live performances, died aged 50 following an overdose of the anaesthetic propofol.

Family bond: Paris Jackson, left, took a rare photo with aunt Janet Jackson this fall

This interview comes soon after Jackson’s ex-wife Debbie Rowe said she felt she ‘should have done something’ to help him battle his addictions.

Michael suffered a cardiac arrest following an overdose of heavy sedative Propofol and Debbie – who was married to him between 1996 and 1999 – now looks back on his drug problems with regret that she didn’t do more to help the singer as he struggled.

Speaking in a new documentary for Fox TV – ‘TMZ Investigates: Who Really Killed Michael Jackson?’ – Debbie got emotional as she said: ‘I should have done something and I didn’t. There is a number of people that died from addictions and in some way I was part of it.’

Debbie previously worked as an assistant to Jackson’s dermatologist Arnold Klein – who had provided the star with strong pain relief – and admitted she felt sorry for her part in the tragedy.

The biggest star in the world: Diana, Princess of Wales, was a member of the British royal family. She was the first wife of King Charles III and an activist; seen in 1995

She said: ‘I was basically as bad as him (Klein) and I am so sorry I participated in it.’

Klein died in 2015 at the age of 70. Debbie and Jackson married in 1996 and she was the surrogate mother of his two eldest children, Prince and Paris. They’d previously met 15 years earlier while the singer was being treated for a skin condition.

She rarely talks about her relationship with the star, which was shrouded in secrecy from the very start.

During an appearance in 2003 TV ‘ Michael Jackson: The Footage You Were Never Meant To See’, Debbie spoke about her relationship with the kids – insisting she was determined to help the ‘Thriller’ star fulfil his dream of becoming a dad.

She said: ‘I did it for him to become a father, not for me to become a mother. You earn the title parent. I have done absolutely nothing to earn that title. That is because

Michael did all the parenting.

‘I didn’t do it to be a mother. I didn’t change diapers. I didn’t get up in the middle of the night, even when I was there, Michael did it all.’

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