Model claims Prince Charles
asked her for a ‘private show’
under Camilla’s nose
By Fay Schlesinger
Last updated at 10:44 PM on 11th January 2011
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Prince Charles flirted with an exotic supermodel before asking her to perform a ‘private catwalk show’ for him, she has claimed.
Mozambique-born Tasha de Vasconcelos alleges that the Prince propositioned her under the nose of Camilla Parker Bowles at an exclusive party.
In an autobiography to be published this week, the 42-year-old model and actress claims to have shared a series of amorous exchanges with Charles, now 62.
She said they began with a ‘clumsy’ chat-up line and ‘seductive smile’ from the heir to the throne in 1999, but soon accelerated.
The model said he approached her again at a soiree in Syon House, the Duke of Northumberland’s West London home.
In claims that seem far-fetched, and language reminiscent of a Mills and Boon novel, Miss de Vasconcelos claims: ‘During the evening, I saw his eyes glance over my necklace, which lit up my face, and to the more intimate attractions of the curves beneath my Versace dress.
The Prince had become a man. “You are magnificent,” he dared to utter. “Would you ever consider a private catwalk show… just for me?”’
The model said she turned down the request as she was ‘disconcerted by all the other diamond-encrusted women listening in around us’ and ‘had read that the great love of his life was called Camilla’.
Camilla – who was to marry the prince five years later, becoming the Duchess of Cornwall – is said to have seen red over the pair’s increasingly close rapport.
When the Prince encountered Miss de Vasconcelos at a Macmillan cancer charity dinner with Camilla, he made a point of praising her dress – made by Princess Diana’s favourite designer Catherine Walker.
The model said: ‘Charles came up to me anyway to tell me how beautiful my dress was. A way of reminding me, I suppose, that he was still interested in what was inside it. Camilla didn’t utter a single word to me for the whole night.’
She met Charles for the first time at a polo match in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, in 1999, after being introduced by publicist Aurelia Stephenson, the then girlfriend of his brother Prince Andrew.
Charles was said to be mesmerised by the half-Portuguese’s beauty, but managed only a ‘seductive smile’ as he told her she reminded him of an Australian friend called Kanga.
Apparently unknown to Miss de Vasconcelos, that friend was socialite Lady Kanga Tryon – the Prince’s lover in the 1970s, who died shortly after Princess Diana in 1997.
The exchanges allegedly came in 1999 and 2000 when the model – who appeared in the spoof spy movie Johnny English starring Rowan Atkinson – was living in London.
Miss de Vasconcelos and Charles met several times and she was invited to Clarence House and to a private lunch with Charles at an unidentified palace, she said in her book, Beauty As A Weapon.
She added: ‘Every time our paths crossed, the Prince always stepped away from the hangers-on around him to come over and have a little chat with me. Discreet. Charming. But always a charmer. I must say he was my kind of man.
‘A real gentleman, elegant and seductive. This man pleased me, and his male instincts could detect that.’
During that time, she also claims to have put the outspoken Duke of York in his place after he rudely asked in front of other guests whether she was a virgin, replying: ‘A real gentleman never asks that kind of question.’
Miss de Vasconcelos – who now lives in Monaco and counts France’s first lady Carla Bruni among her close friends – has denied persistent rumours about a relationship with Prince Albert of Monaco.
A Clarence House spokesman said: ‘We never comment on private conversations.’