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.
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’.
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.
‘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 honourable 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.’