Royal Watch

updated 03/20/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/20/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

As Camilla and Andrew Parker Bowles's divorce be came final on March 3, many royal watchers were betting that he will beat her back to the altar. Although Prince Charles is officially locked in holy matrimony, the retired brigadier, 55, is now free to tie the knot with wealthy divorcee Rosemary Pitman, a mother of three. Friends for 30 years, Andrew and 54-year-old Rosemary (whose ex-husband, Hugh, served with Andrew in the Household (Cavalry) have been seen together often in London and recently returned from a romantic safari in Africa. There, a friend told the Daily Mirror, "they just fell a little more in love each day." Some sources, though, maintain that, as a devout Roman Catholic, Andrew will resist the temptation to wed again. Said Daily Express columnist Ross Benson: "He would have the greatest problem trying to justify a remarriage in the eyes of the church."

The Princess of Wales's quick trip to New York City in January—when she wowed trendmeisters with a ducktail do at the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards at Lincoln Center—earned her more than just headlines. A cache of freebies said to be worth more than $2,000 has been sent to Kensington Palace from U.S. accessory designers eager to thank the princess for her noble effort in support of Yankee fashion. Jewelry designer Robert Lee Morris sent a signature heart pendant and Angela Cummings dispatched a $550 woven-silver cuff. Handbag designer Judith Leiber sent a splashy $1,100 minaudière, Carolina Amato offered up gloves in white satin, while Carlos Falchi contributed a leopard wallet—a chic place for the princess to keep her lucre when she settles with Charles?

Charles and Diana: The Rock Opera may be among the offerings in London's West End next season. Writer Tim Hawkins, who with composer John Kelham (J.F.K.: The Rock Opera) is now producer-shopping, told the Sun that the two were inspired by the Waleses' star-crossed marriage because it "has the elements of a Shakespearean tragedy plus all the ingredients of a soap opera. It's a classic." Time, of course, will tell. In the meantime, Brits were invited to ring a hotline for a preview of the show. Callers heard the tune entitled "Princess in Chains," in which Charles defends his adulterous behavior. To Di, he sings,

It's just not true,
The Camilla thing is done.
Sure I was no monk,
But then you were no nun.

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