High Time For Tea

Prince William breaks bread--and maybe the ice--with England's most infamous other woman

Unplanned visits, chance meetings, impromptu drinks--these are just the sort of Filofax-be-damned encounters royal life does not amply provide. On a Friday evening last month, however, at Prince Charles' St. James's Palace apartment, there occurred some rather significant spur-of-the-moment socializing. Just nine days before his 16th birthday, Prince William, en route from boarding school to the movies with friends, called his father to tell him he'd be stopping home for a change of clothes. Prince Charles asked his son if he would not mind spending a few moments with a houseguest, one the boy had never met before--Charles' mistress of 26...

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