Princess Diana sent a thank you note to Burt Reynolds for keeping her name out of the headlines during his very public split from ex-wife Loni Anderson.
The long-standing rumour was confirmed by Loni, 75, herself during Thursday’s episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.
Burt, who died aged 82 in 2018, claimed in his 2015 memoir that Diana had thanked him for distracting the press with his highly-publicised divorce in 1993.
When quizzed on the rumour during a segment where fans got a chance to ask Loni questions, she confirmed that Diana had personally thanked Burt.
Thanks! Princess Diana sent a thank you note to Burt Reynolds for keeping her name out of the headlines during his very public split from ex-wife Loni Anderson
Loni, who is best known for playing Jennifer on the CBS sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati in the seventies, married Burt in 1988.
The couple, who met at a gala when she infamously told him she wanted to have his baby, split five years later and Loni took custody of their adopted son Quinton.
Around the same time, Diana was going through her divorce with Prince Charles and was plagued with speculation surrounding his relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles.
When a fan brought the rumour up, Loni laughed and said: ‘Yes, that’s true.’
Although the host appeared shocked by Loni’s revelation, he didn’t press her any further to tell them more about the Diana story.
Reports claim Burt and Loni split over infidelity, as the actor claimed he had fallen for a cocktail waitress – who later buried him in lawsuits.
Public: Burt, who died aged 82 in 2018, claimed in his 2015 memoir that Diana had thanked him for distracting the press with his highly-publicised divorce in 1993
It’s true: The long-standing rumour was confirmed by Loni, 75, herself during Thursday’s episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen
Confirmed: When quizzed on the rumour during a segment where fans got a chance to ask Loni questions, she confirmed that Diana had personally thanked Burt
The split seemingly drew attention away from Princess Diana’s divorce and she playfully thanked him for doing so.
Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s divorce was officially finalised on 24 August 1996, after a very public fall out.
Leaked phone calls recorded in 1989 between Princes Charles and Camilla – dubbed Camillagate – caused mass media attention for the couple.
It was published by the People on 17th January 1993 under the headline ‘Charles and Camilla – the tape.’
In an extract from his Enough About Me Extract memoir published in the Daily Mail in 2015, Burt said: ‘We called it quits after five years of marriage. When we announced the separation, the Press went into high gear.
Rumour mill: Around the same time, Diana was going through her divorce with Prince Charles and was plagued with speculation surrounding his relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles
‘Princess Diana sent me a thank-you note for keeping her off the cover of People magazine. For a long time after the divorce, the tabloids were still calling Loni and me ‘cheesecake and beefcake’.
In 2015 it was reported that Burt had finally paid off the outstanding money he owed to ex-wife Loni as part of their divorce settlement, in one of the longest divorce sagas in Hollywood history.
The couple had been battling over the remaining chunk of the money since Burt filed for bankruptcy after paying a little more than half of the sum agreed.
The actress filed court documents six years ago, confirming she had received the outstanding balance of $154,520, according to a TMZ report at the time.
Loni took the actor to court in 2014 where a judge ordered the actor to pay up the money owed with interest.
The actress had a notoriously difficult divorce from Reynolds (seen in 1984) who she was married to from 1988 to 1993. Reynolds passed away age 82 in September
At the time The Smokey And The Bandit star had recently sold his waterfront Florida home for a rumored $3.3 million, after nine years of trying and it’s likely that’s how he got the cash to finally pay off his ex-wife.
The Hollywood star also auctioned off more than 600 items of memorabilia, including the Golden Globe he won for his supporting role in Boogie Nights, at The Palms in Las Vegas.
Despite their long-winded divorce battle, Loni attended Reynolds’ funeral in 2018 along with Quinton, 33, the son she shares with the late actor.
The memorial for Reynolds, who died on September 6 2018 at a hospital in Jupiter, Florida, was held at Quattlebaum Funeral Home in North Palm Beach, Florida.
Loni, who had a notoriously difficult divorcw, shared happier moments from their 12 years together, calling their son Quinton their ‘greatest collaboration.’
She was Reynolds’ second wife and he her third husband. The pair were married from 1988 until 1994.
Quinton, whom the couple adopted together the year they married, is Burts’ only child.
Loni has a daughter, Deidra Hoffman, 53, with first husband Bruce Hasselberg.Prior to his relationship with Loni, Reynolds was married to the English comic actress Judy Carne from 1963 until 1965.
He also famously carried on a relationship with Sally Field during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Loni has been married to fourth husband, Bob Flick, since 2008. They are pictured in December together