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Elton John’s wife Renate Blauel ‘had panic attack at royal lunch’

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Elton John’s wife Renate Blauel had a panic attack and fled lunch hosted by singer with the Queen Mother, Prince Andrew and Princess Margaret after she was quizzed about painting, court documents claim

  • Renate Blauel allegedly had an anxiety attack in front of Royal Family members
  • She and Sir Elton hosted a lunch for the Queen Mother and other royals in 1985
  • Princess Margaret allegedly asked Ms Blauel about one of Sir Elton’s paintings
  • But Ms Blauel was ‘unable to recall any details’ about artwork and left the room 

By Mark Duell for MailOnline

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Sir Elton John’s wife Renate Blauel had an anxiety attack in front of the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Prince Andrew, according to court documents filed today.

The pop star, now 73, and German recording engineer, 67, who were married between 1984 and 1988, hosted a lunch for members of the Royal Family in 1985.

Princess Margaret is said to have asked Ms Blauel about a painting belonging to Sir Elton, but she was ‘unable to recall any details’ about the artwork.

This is then said to have caused Ms Blauel to ‘panic and become very anxious’, according to documents filed as part of her £3million lawsuit against Sir Elton.

Ms Blauel is then said to have interrupted her husband’s discussion with the Queen Mother to ask for assistance before taking herself to another room.

Sir Elton John and wife Renate Blauel, who were married between 1984 and 1988, attend the wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey on July 23, 1986

The late Queen Mother at Buckingham Palace in 1990 with the late Princess Margaret and Prince Andrew. All three attended the dinner party with Sir Elton and Ms Blauel in 1985

She did not explain to Sir Elton why she had done this, but it ‘must have been obvious to him that she had absented herself because of her anxiety.’

The claims emerged today in documents filed at the High Court by Ms Blauel as part of her damages claim against Sir Elton over his public discussion of their marriage.

The former couple had allegedly agreed not to discuss their marriage in public after their split, with Ms Blauel saying she had sought to live a quiet life in privacy.

And she said his discussion of their relationship in his book ‘Me, Elton John’ – as well as scenes in the ‘Rocketman’ biopic – led to renewed public interest in her.

In fresh court filings at the High Court, Ms Blauel’s barrister Adam Wolanski QC also said Sir Elton knew of her struggles with ‘depression and anxiety’.

Sir Elton meets the Queen at the Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace on June 2012

Sir Elton John performs during the Oscars show in Hollywood on February 9 this year

The documents also claimed that Ms Blauel tried to kill herself after he told her their marriage wasn’t working only three days into their St Tropez honeymoon.

Ms Blauel alleged that she took an overdose of Valium tablets after Sir Elton told her he wanted her to leave the honeymoon and go home.

She was taken to hospital to have her stomach pumped and claims Sir Elton, who she had married less than six months earlier, did not even visit her during her stay.

Ms Blauel claimed that the pop star then had her driven straight to the airport with her luggage from the hospital door. The case has not yet reached court. 

In a statement issued separate to court proceedings today, Sir Elton’s legal counsel Jenny Afia told MailOnline: Elton has always respected Renate’s privacy and will continue to do so. 

Ms Blauel was depicted in the film Rocketman (above) by Celinde Schoenmaker, while Taron Egerton played Sir Elton

Ms Blauel, pictured on her wedding day to Sir Elton John in Australia in 1984, is now suing the pop star for £3million

‘It is well documented that their marriage was completely respectful and the relationship both Elton and Renate had after they divorced continued to be kind, respectful and honorable for the 30 years following. 

‘It will be established in the case that there were multiple affectionate correspondences from Renate direct to Elton during this time.

‘We also find it baffling that this claim is centred around privacy when at every stage of these proceedings Renate has chosen to file these claims in the public domain (when she could have chosen to keep them confidential) about supposed experiences that happened during their marriage which completely goes against the entire grounds of the case. 

‘This only goes to show the true purpose of this claim which is to extract a large sum of money from Elton and tarnish his name publicly with falsehoods.’

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