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Prince Charles’ lady leaves bruised feelings in auto crash

June 12, 1997

LONDON (AP) _ A head-on collision involving Prince Charles’ flame, Camilla Parker Bowles, has left some sore feelings beyond the bumps and bruises.

Mrs. Parker Bowles suffered a blow to the head and a twisted wrist in the car accident Wednesday night on a country road near Charles’ Highgrove estate 100 miles west of London.

The other driver, Caroline Melville Smith, was treated for chest injuries at a hospital and released. More seriously injured was her sense of propriety.

``The person did not come and do anything for me,″ Miss Melville Smith told Press Association, the British news agency, referring to Mrs. Parker Bowles.

``I think in shock you do funny things. I am sorry for her really. It was not very nice not to come and help me.″

Miss Melville Smith, 53, was on the way to meet a friend for dinner at a local pub when the accident occurred. She said Mrs. Parker Bowles’ car ``came through the air like a missile.″

``I had to take evasive action, I don’t think the other did _ her car was in the middle of the road about 50 yards further on in a dip,″ she said.

Mrs. Parker Bowles, who has not commented publicly about the accident, returned home Thursday after spending the night at Highgrove.

Police said both women passed breath tests after the accident.

Mrs. Parker Bowles, blamed by Princess Diana for the failure of the royal marriage, was divorced in 1995 after Charles confirmed long-standing rumors of an affair. Charles and Princess Diana were divorced last year.

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