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Before she gets around to Louis, Princess Michael, a pip on the podium, will lend her presence to The Versailles Foundation’s Benefit Luncheon on April 21 at L’Orangerie at Le Cirque, where she will chat on the humorous adventures of what it’s like to be “A Royal Author in the United States.” That is exactly what she is. She also has a new book, which will be published in the fall by Simon & Schuster. Its title: “The Serpent and the Moon.” Oh, oh.
Florence Van der Kemp and her daughter, Barbara de Portago, the heads of the Versailles Foundation, are the hosts of the lunch, and expected to be on hand are such foundation supporters as Anne Cox Chambers, Lynn Wyatt, Pierre Durand and John Loring. Maybe the following folk won’t be there in person, but they always send money, the darlings: Lawrence Rockefeller, Lily Safra, Betsy Bloomingdale, Jackie and Paul Desmarais and others too famous to mention.
The indefatigable princess continues to work up a head of royal steam. She will be in Prague at the end of the summer to join The Venetian Heritage Foundation for an extraordinary tour in “The Land of the Winter Queen.” She knows Prague well, loves it dearly and will welcome the group on private visits to the most important sites of this beautiful city and introduce them to some of the most important figures in the life of the Czech Republic.
If you’re wondering how she does it, the princess simply rolls with the punches and keeps a stiff upper lip as she carries on in London. Her checkbook was swiped after she paid the caterers for one of the parties, and a few days later a man turned up at a London bank and tried to cash one of her checks, with a forged signature, for $40,000. The bobbies appeared almost immediately and apprehended the crook, who was hauled into court. I mean, nothing stops her. Recently she had minor surgery for two itty-bitty skin cancers removed from her forehead. Hours later, she headed over to Annabel’s for her handsome son’s, Lord Frederick Windsor’s, 25th birthday party. You should know the princess has been quoted as saying, “I have lived with skin cancer for five years now, but this is the first time it has got onto this part of my face. I will probably have a scar for a couple of weeks, and then it will be gone. In the meantime, I will cover it with makeup.” To cope with her health issues, she has drastically changed her lifestyle: “I am now a vegetarian and have been teetotal since the New Year before last.” She looked lovely in big straw hats and, with the summer upon us, so will you.