We know what happened to the Prince of Wales - and tragically to Diana.
But whatever happened to all those girls who for a moment were caught in the headlights and, if things had gone differently, could now be Princess of Wales?
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.
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Some chose to ignore this, some lived in hope of better days, some were just curious to see how far this thing would go.
Almost all, whatever their initial ambition, were relieved when the endless nocturnal telephone calls which characterised the Prince’s wooing technique ceased.
Then came Camilla - but since she was already headed for marriage to a cavalry officer (Andrew Parker Bowles), it meant the Prince would have to look elsewhere.
It’s almost as if Charles was forced to sit down and thumb his way through the pages of Burke’s Peerage to find a suitable candidate for his proposal, if not his heart (already taken).
Famously snubbed by Prince Philip when arriving at Balmoral and complaining that the transport bringing her to the castle was like a Black Maria, HRH snapped: “Well, you’d KNOW all about Black Marias, wouldn’t you? 26/6/1957 Never seriously a contender, nonetheless Prince Charles proposed marriage to Amanda who, as grand-daughter of Earl Mountbatten was his second cousin.