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Camilla Parker Bowles’ Aide Resigns

July 25, 1998

LONDON (AP) _ The personal assistant of Camilla Parker Bowles resigned Friday after admitting responsibility for a press leak about the first meeting of Prince Charles’ companion and his son Prince William.

The Sun tabloid reported on its front page July 9 that Prince William, 16, had met Mrs. Parker Bowles at St. James’s Palace on June 12 and that they got along well.

There were questions about whether Prince Charles’ staff had leaked the story to improve the image of his longtime companion, whom Princess Diana blamed for the break-up of their marriage.

``It is a matter of great regret to me that chance remarks of mine led to the disclosure,″ Amanda MacManus, who had worked part-time for Mrs. Parker Bowles, said Friday.

Mrs. MacManus said she had mentioned the meeting to her husband, who in turn told a friend in confidence. The friend then told a reporter from The Sun.

A statement from Mrs. Parker Bowles said she accepted the resignation with regret.

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