Singer Elkie Brooks has given new life to long-running rumours suggesting late rocker Robert Palmer enjoyed a secret love affair with British royal Diana, Princess Of Wales.

Gossip suggesting the pair was romantically involved began circulating in 2010 after the rumours were voiced by celebrity biographer Ian Halperin, but Palmer's former manager Mick Cater dubbed the claims "total and utter rubbish".

However, Palmer's former Vinegar Joe bandmate has now given new life to the gossip by insisting the affair could have happened, telling Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "Knowing Robert, I wouldn't be surprised if it happened. I wouldn't put it past him. Not at all."

Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris, France in 1997. Palmer also died in the French capital in 2003 after suffering a heart attack.