Royal Watch

updated 12/16/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/16/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST


Just when it seemed the royal-spin doctors were waxing optimistic about the Waleses' oft turbulent marriage, Prince Charles, 43, was spotted with another woman. On Nov. 25, while wife Diana, 30, made four official appearances in the north of England, the Prince was seen strolling with the recently divorced Duchess of Roxburghe, 38, during a pheasant-hunting party at the Windsors' Sandring-ham estate in Norfolk.

A friend of the Prince's since childhood, the former Lady Jane Grosvenor—or Janie, as she is known to her friends—has become closer to Charles since divorcing her husband, the lOth Duke of Roxburghe, in 1990 on the grounds of his adultery. The mother of three preteens, the Duchess, unlike Diana, enjoys the rugged outdoor life that Charles cherishes. But whether she is more than a hunting buddy remains to be seen. Meanwhile the tabloids are busy digging up tidbits about the 5'10" Duchess, with London's Daily Mail reporting that she has "retained her voluptuous beauty...and has remarkable blue eyes."


CAROLINE SMILES, MONACO IS BORN AGAIN blared the cover of the French magazine Point de Vue. But what was offered was more the shadow of a smile when Princess Caroline, 34, appeared on the palace balcony last Nov. 19 to celebrate the principality's National Day. The French media took the opportunity to trumpet her "official" return as Monaco's First Lady some 13 months after she lost her husband, Stefano Casiraghi, in a speedboat accident. But while her children—Andrea, 7, Charlotte, 5, and Pierre, 4—leaned over the railing to view the pomp below, Caroline hung back behind her father, Prince Rainier, 68, and her siblings, Prince Albert, 33, and Princess Stephanie, 26. Moreover, Caroline has no other royal engagements planned this year. Said a palace spokesman: "It would be a mistake to presume that she is back to her normal working schedule."


Princess Diana going Hollywood? Unthinkable! But Hollywood going to Di? Absolutely! Last week 5,000 Britons flocked to Leicester Square to stargaze at the celebrities attending the opening of the Top Gun parody Hot Shots. The Princess (this time with her Prince) was on hand to glad-hand Hot Shots stars Charlie Sheen and Lloyd Bridges. But Sheen admits that he lost his cool upon meeting the Princess. "It was so memorable that I don't remember what I said," he says. "That's how nervous I was."

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