Wednesday 24 January 2018

Kiss from Diana's pal tailor-made for 'a new era'

Bairbre Power Fashion Editor

AS fashion world kisses go, was this an act of treason?

Paul Costelloe was one of Princess Diana's favourite designers and a regular visitor to her at Kensington Palace where they would discuss frocks and his seven kids over cups of tea.

However, the Dublin-born designer wasn't offering any excuses yesterday after he kissed the hand of Diana's rival in love, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

"I just wouldn't dare to think what Diana would think," said Paul, a day after he met Prince Charles and his new wife at a reception in the Irish embassy in London.

"It was all done on impulse. I was trying to be gracious in the little bit of Ireland in the heart of London.

"It's a new era, a new time," he said.

Describing the party, the London-based designer revealed that the camera wasn't kind to Camilla.

"She is a very neat little lady, quite small, about size 8-10,"he said.

On the night, Camilla spoke to Paul and was complimentary about his clothes. Asked if he had ambitions to design for the Duchess in the future, Paul replied: "It would be nice. She suits good tailoring."

Irish Independent

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