Crucially invited to London to witness his maiden speech in the House of Lords but the romance fizzled out after a weekend in Deauville. Married art dealer Billy Keating 1994; he died 1998. Powerful private art dealer who has handled individual sales of up to £50 million.
Lives St James’s, London Lady Jane Dawnay (nee Grosvenor) b. Married to 10th Duke of Roxburghe 1977-1990; three children.
The couple holidayed on Eleutherea together, but Amanda’s heart wasn’t in it and wisely she turned him down.
Curiously he had raised as early as 1974 the prospect of marriage to Amanda with her mother, now Countess Mountbatten, without having discussed it with the girl in question, who was then only 17.
Of their number, one is now a psychotherapist, another views houses for an upmarket estate agent.
Some have become powerful figures in their own right – Amanda Knatchbull, another proposal, and Angela Nevill, an early romance, particularly so. And none, one suspects, regrets for a single moment the way things turned out. 24/12/1951 Daughter of publisher Mark Longman and grand-daughter of the 10th Earl of Cavan. 1948-1997 Australian socialite, daughter of publishing magnate Barry Harper of Melbourne. Known as 'Kanga’, the pet name given her by HRH which she used to start an eponymous fashion label, she was Prince Charles’s mistress in the early 1970s during the first months of Camilla’s marriage to Andrew Parker Bowles.
At the same time Camilla was conducting a relationship with Prince Charles while her future husband was also escorting Princess Anne. She now divides her time between the Bahamas and central London. Married landowner and businessman Mark Cottrell 1978; two children. Famously marked her younger sister Diana’s card after having a brief walk-out with Charles. Childhood holidays were spent in a caravan park in Font-y-Gary in South Wales.
In adulthood a formidable actress - star of a wide variety of films including Sam Peckinpah’s 'Straw Dogs’, with its infamous rape scene - then producer, and Arabian horse breeder.
Introducing him to the ways of love, according to his official biographer Jonathan Dimbleby, was Lucia Santa Cruz, beautiful and brainy daughter of the Chilean ambassador and amanuenis of the master of Charles’s Cambridge college, Lord 'Rab’ Butler.
Two other romances followed in swift succession: Sibylla Dorman, daughter of the Governor of Malta, and Cindy Buxton, who was to make a name for herself as a distinguished maker of wildlife documentaries.
Looked at now through the prism of history, the 1970s were a desperate time for the Prince as he tried to find a wife he didn’t really want.