The Press: End of a Scoop

To the London Daily Sketch (circ. 1,304,892), chronic boudoir skulker and chronicler of overcrowded love nests, the juicy tidbit was irresistible. For sale by Freelance Reporter Lee Benson: the ghosted lament of auburn-haired, toothsome Jane Buckingham, 23, on-and-off model and nightclub hostess, who declared that she had reigned in the heart of Prince Shiv of Palitana until dethroned fortnight ago by another of Shiv's girls, slinky Hungarian Actress Eva Bartok.

Even by Sketch's dustbin standards, this was not much of a story. Shiv, an Indian maharajah's son, is a bush-league playboy—not, say, in Porfirio Rubirosa's class. Jane was an insatiable romanticist...

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