According to the Times of London, Prince Charles had “special recollections” of the Funny Girl actress and was enthralled by her skill and charisma.
When reminiscing about his meeting with the actor and singer over 50 years ago, the Prince of Wales, 72, was said to have talked very fondly of her.
Charles made the remark while discussing his pick of favorite tunes during a Hospital Broadcasting Association broadcast.
One of the songs he chose was Barbra Streisand’s Oscar-winning performance of Don’t Rain on My Parade in Funny Girl.
“Barbra Streisand, the immensely talented American actress and singer, has always been a huge fan of mine. When I was serving in the Royal Navy in 1974… We called into the United States navy’s station in San Diego, California, as a young lieutenant in the frigate HMS Jupiter… when I learned that she was now filming the picture [Funny Lady, a sequel to Funny Girl] in the Warner Brothers Studios… I was fortunate enough to be able to visit the set and meet her,” he added.
Following that, the two became close friends, and Streisand sang at a performance at Wembley in 1994 in support of Charles’ Prince’s Trust charity.
In 1995, three years after he and Princess Diana split up, she allegedly paid a visit to the Duke of Cornwall’s Gloucestershire residence.
Streisand joked about their friendship in 2019, stating, “If I had played my cards properly, I could have become the first Jewish princess.”