Meat Loaf said Prince Andrew once tried to push him into a moat after he caught Sarah Ferguson 'paying attention' to him

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  • Meat Loaf, the Grammy-winning singer and actor, died on Thursday aged 74.

  • In 2003 he revealed Prince Andrew once tried to push him into a moat over the "attention" of Sarah Ferguson.

  • The altercation took place at a 1987 charity tournament featuring the royal family and celebrities.

Meat Loaf, the rock star and actor who died on Thursday aged 74, said he was once almost pushed into a moat by Prince Andrew over the "attention" of Sarah Ferguson.

The singer and actor, whose real name was Marvin Lee Aday, participated in the 1987 televised charity tournament "It's a Royal Knockout," filmed at Alton Towers.

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Members of the royal family competed in teams alongside celebrities like John Travolta, Sheena Easton, Cliff Richard, and John Cleese in a bid to raise money for charity.

In a 2003 interview with The Guardian, Meat Loaf said that "it was great fun, I had a great time" but joked that "the Queen hates me."

He revealed that he caught the attention of Sarah Ferguson, Prince Andrew's wife prior to their divorce in 1996. "Fergie wasn't exactly flirting with me, but she was paying attention to me," he said.

Sarah Ferguson, Prince Edward, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne
Sarah Ferguson, Prince Edward, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne during "It's a Royal Knockout"Photographers Int / BBC

"And I think Andrew got a little — I could be wrong, I'm just reading into this — I think he got a little jealous ... Anyway, he tried to push me in the water. He tried to push me in the moat.

"So I turned around and I grabbed him and he goes, 'You can't touch me. I'm royal.' I said, 'Well, you try to push me in the moat, Jack, I don't give a shit who you are, you're goin' in the moat.'"

Meat Loaf's death on Thursday was announced in a statement released on the star's Facebook page.

"Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side," it said.

Tributes from the entertainment world poured in. Cher, who recorded "Dead Ringer for Love" with Aday, honored the star, tweeting: "Had So Much Fun With Meatloaf When We Did 'Dead Ringer'. Am Very Sorry For His Family,Friends,& Fans. Am I imagining It, or Are Amazing Ppl In The Arts Dying every other Day?!"

Prince Andrew is currently facing a sexual assault lawsuit filed in August last year by Virginia Roberts Giuffre who alleges that Jeffrey Epstein forced her to have sex with Andrew in Epstein's New York mansion, in London, and on Epstein's private island in the US Virgin Islands.

Buckingham Palace announced last week that Andrew would face the lawsuit as a private citizen and that his military titles and royal patronages would be removed.

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