Barbra Streisand tells BBC she was appreciative of Britain thanks to Queen

Barbra Streisand comments on the Queen and Margaret Thatcher

Music and movie icon Barbra Streisand was appreciative of working in Britain in the 80s because of the strong female leaders the country had at the time.

Speaking to Mark Savage in a pre-recorded interview for BBC Breakfast, in what he described as the most high-production Zoom of all time, the EGOT explained how she felt when she came to the UK to film Yentil, which was released in 1983, which she co-wrote, co-produced, directed and starred in.

“I was so appreciative of being in England where you had a Queen and Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister,” she intimated.

“In other words, you weren’t intimidated by me being a woman. But when I come to America I sadly tell you that it was so different here.”

Barbra had previously met the Queen in 1975 at the UK premiere of her movie Funny Girl, which marked her big-screen debut.

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Her remarks came as she discussed her long awaited autobiography simply called My Name Is Barbra, which hits bookshelves tomorrow.

The tome reveals that she had a royal admirer in the shape of the then Prince Charles.

She claims that she and the now King shared a “flirty relationship” and that she had no idea that he supposedly fancied her when they met.

Barbra shared that Charles had sent her a bouquet of flowers, with her being told they were from “a fan called Charles”.

This isn’t the first time Barbra has mentioned him seemingly having a crush on her.

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During a gig in Hyde Park a few years ago, Barbra showed the crowd a black-and-white picture of herself with the monarch and jokingly told the crowd: “If I had played my cards right, I could have been the first Jewish princess.”

The famous photo showed the moment Streisand offered the future king a sip from her mug of tea, which she says was treated at the time “like an international incident”.

In her new book, she writes: “The fact is, both Prince Charles and I are shy, but somehow we still managed to connect because that proved to be the beginning of an unexpected friendship.”

The pair chatted for 15 minutes and had coffee during their meeting, with Barbra said to have been very “nervous” in his presence and “tight-lipped”. The pair later met again in London, in 1994, when she performed for his Prince’s Trust charity at Wembley Arena.

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