Princess Diana and Burt Reynolds Rumor Confirmed After Almost 3 Decades

An infamous rumor about Princess Diana and Burt Reynolds was finally confirmed last month — by none other than Reynolds' ex-wife, Loni Anderson. The story goes that in 1993, Princess Diana sent a joking thank-you letter to Reynolds and Anderson for keeping her out of the headlines for a while with their own tabloid drama. Anderson finally confirmed that the letter was real in an interview on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.

Anderson and Reynolds married in 1988 and separated in 1993 — around the same time that Princess Diana and Prince Charles were going through one of their public scandals. Apparently, coverage of Anderson and Reynolds' split gave Princess Diana a bit of a reprieve, and she was grateful. When the WKRP in Cincinnati actress was asked about the old rumor, she told Cohen: "Yes, that's true."

The story came out during a segment where fans got a chance to ask guests their own questions via video chat during What What Happens Live. Cohen and the other guests marveled at the story but did not ask any follow-ups. Instead, Cohen moved on to another question about Anderson's marriage to Reynolds.

Both Anderson and Reynolds had been married before when they first tied the knot in 1988. They even adopted a son together named Quinton. According to a report by ABC News, the two split up over infidelity, when Reynolds claimed he had fallen in love with a cocktail waitress. After his divorce from Anderson, Reynolds was buried in lawsuits from the waitress.

This scandal was enough to distract the public from Princess Diana, at least for a time. Apparently, she had enough of a sense of humor about it to reach out to Reynolds. In 1992 and 1993, recordings of telephone conversations including both Prince Charles and Princess Diana leaked, fueling months' worth of headlines about "Camillagate."

Prince Charles and Princess Diana separated in 1992 and finalized their divorce in 1996. It was a tumultuous story that spanned over a decade and still haunts many onlookers to this day. As for Princess Diana, she never fully escaped unwanted press coverage. In August of 1997, she died in a car crash in Paris, France, allegedly while fleeing paparazzi.

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Public interest in Princess Diana's story has seen a massive resurgence in recent years, thanks in large part to the Netflix original series The Crown. It has been fueled this month by the premiere of Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special, which gave the average person another look behind the curtain into royal life. The interview will be available for free on CBS.com and the CBS app until April 6.

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