Jamie Lee Curtis’s Impactful Interaction With Princess Diana Began With a Bathroom Break


Jamie Lee Curtis is bringing a whole new meaning to the term “royal flush.” In the latest episode of the Apple Fitness+ feature “Time to Walk,” the actor and “Everything Everywhere All at Once” star described how a badly timed bathroom break led to her impactful interaction with Princess Diana. Per Entertainment Weekly, it all started back in 1995, when Curtis was shooting what she called the “terrible sequel” to “A Fish Called Wanda” in London.

“We had been told that day that Princess Diana and her children were going to come visit,” Curtis said. “We shot all morning, and when we took a tea break, for me, it was a pee break.” She continued, “I jumped in a golf cart and drove the two miles back to the dressing room. I’m in my dressing room peeing when there was a pounding on the door, ‘Princess Diana is here!'”

“Unfortunately, nature called.”

After making the two-mile journey back to set, Curtis found that by the time she arrived, the three royals were already on their way out. Rather than chasing after them, she decided to write a letter. “It said, ‘I’m so sorry we didn’t get to meet. I was very much looking forward to it as I admire you greatly. Unfortunately, nature called, and they don’t give me many breaks, so I chose nature over you, not knowing that you were going to arrive right at that moment. I’m so sorry and just think you’re great. My best wishes, Jamie.'”

Much to Curtis’s surprise, Diana actually took the time to write her back. “The next day, I got a letter delivered from Kensington Palace from Her Royal Highness Princess Diana, saying, ‘I’m so sorry I didn’t get to meet you, also. I admire you, and I totally understand when nature calls. Of course you should choose that. I hope that we will have an opportunity in our lives to meet. Best wishes always,'” Curtis said. “It was just a beautiful letter, which I still have.”

Following Diana’s death in 1997, Curtis took some time to reflect on what Diana’s life had taught her. She picked up a book titled “The Path to Insight Meditation” and read something that she said completely changed her mindset for the better: “When people have tried to live mindfully, at the time of their death, they ask themselves two questions: Did I learn to live wisely? And did I love well?” Curtis said, “I realized that, if this book was correct, that meant whether or not it was cut terribly short, her life was complete.” She added, “There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about it. That has become the framework of my life.”

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