He made an appearance in the gossip columns, however, three years ago, when news emerged that Luisa was pregnant and he was to become a father for the first time at 58."It was very unexpected, but I’m a very lucky fellow,’ he said.
His ex-girlfriend Milla Shand is now, of course, living a life of regal splendour at Clarence House.
Such lofty considerations would never have entered the head of Camilla Shand in 1965, of course: then, the woman who may yet become Queen had no inkling of the momentous role she was to play in the Royal Family of the late 20th century. Raised at The Laines, a former rectory in East Sussex, she enjoyed a charmed childhood, riding her ponies on the South Downs and taking weekend family trips to the seaside.
Her father, Major Bruce Shand, was a former Army officer who had become a partner at a wine merchants in Mayfair.
She was never shy, and always had something amusing to say. There she is wearing a long white dress, with Old Etonian friend Patrick Robertson-Macleod; lounging on a sofa with Rupert Hambro, in black satin, her strap falling coquettishly off her shoulder; a month later, in pink and gold, pulling a Christmas cracker with Charles Peel, a descendant of the 19th-century politician, Sir Robert Peel. One associate who knew her at the time recalled: "When a boy hove into view she could turn on the headlights - and how!
In those clear, confident blue eyes, one detects a glint of mischief, a hint of fun.
Indeed, it is said that within just a few days of Milla’s coming out party, the future Duchess of Cornwall lost her virginity to a rakish young gentleman called Kevin Burke. There was always a touch of the rebel about her; her devil-may-care habit of climbing onto her school roof in Kensington to have a sneaky cigarette had been much admired by the other girls.
By all accounts the do was a little staid at first, but the atmosphere was helped along by the generous flow of wine and champagne, and Camilla’s impeccable social skills.
Among the 150 guests was Rupert Hambro, of the banking dynasty, who was to become her lover after she dumped Kevin Burke.