Princess Diana was called ‘David’ by President Reagan in major gaffe on US trip

US president Ronald Regan made a huge error during a dinner speech over 35 years ago after he got Princess Diana’s name wrong not once, but twice as he tried to correct his mistake.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana were the talk of the town as royal fever well and truly took off as the couple made their first trip to the US together.

The royal couple were invited by President Reagan to a high profile dinner at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 9 in 1985.

However, the president got a little tongue-tied and accidentally called Princess Diana by the wrong name, first calling her "David" before wrongly correcting himself with "Diane".

President Reagan said: "Permit me to add our congratulations to Prince Charles on his birthday just five days away.

"And express also our great happiness that we have been able to have this affair with Princess David… Princess Diane here on her first trip to the United States."

The president’s gaffe came in a room full of high profile guests including actors Clint Eastwood, John Travolta and Tom Selleck.

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Princess Diana famously took to the dancefloor with Travolta at the dinner in a moment that the actor revealed was a "fantasy" of hers.

Speaking on a PBS special called In Their Own Words: Diana, Princess of Wales, Travolta said: "About 10 o’clock at night, Nancy Reagan tapped on my shoulder and said, 'The princess, her fantasy is to dance with you. Would you dance with her tonight?'"

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Travolta accepted the request and Nancy instructed the Pulp Fiction star to go over and ask Princess Diana for a dance.

He said: "I took her and the whole room cleared. We danced for what felt like 15 minutes."

However, according to Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell in his book The Way We Were: Remembering Diana, he claims she did not want to dance with Travolta.

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Burrell wrote: "Diana really wanted to share the floor with one of the world’s greatest ballet dancers, Mikhail Baryshnikov.

"Nancy and (Ronald) Reagan set up the press to take a picture of her dancing with John Travolta."

As reported by Marie Claire, Princess Diana was enjoying herself dancing with celebrities and even President Reagan but she never danced with Prince Charles on the night.

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Photographer Pete Souza, who was working at the event, said: "A few little known facts from that night: Diana also danced that night with President Reagan, Tom Selleck, Clint Eastwood and Neil Diamond. She did not dance with Prince Charles."

The royal couple made quite the stir in the US with warm welcomes as they visited states such as Washington, Florida, Virginia and Hawaii.

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Prince Charles and Princess Diana separated in 1993 before she publicly spoke of her husband's affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles on BBC Panorama in 1995.

It was later revealed that Prince Charles wrote letters to Nancy Reagan regarding his separation from Princess Diana, calling it a "Greek Tragedy".

The couple officially divorced in 1996 before Princess Diana tragically lost her life in a car crash in Paris a year later.

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