December 1, 1997 in Nation/World

As The Earl Turns


Earl Spencer’s former mistress, Chantal Collopy, says she realized her affair with Princess Diana’s brother was over when he said he would never accept her two children. The two-year affair began with an “instant attraction” when the former model and the 33-year-old earl both married at the time met at a 1994 birthday party, Chantal, 37, said. Spencer asked several times that she marry him, but then had “a panic attack … We had an argument and he said ‘I must let you know that I will never accept your children’ and I said that was the end,” Collopy said. Collopy, in an unusual twist, appeared in a Cape Town court last week supporting the earl’s estranged wife, Victoria Lockwood, in her divorce battle against the earl.

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