UK actress Amanda Barrie claims she was asked to “teach a young Prince Charles about sex”.
The former Coronation Street and Carry On star, 82, who is now appearing on Celebrity Big Brother, revealed that she was approached by an actor friend of Prince Philip called James Robertson Justice who had been tasked with finding Charles, then attending high school in Scotland, an experienced and older woman to romance, reports The Sun.
According to the Daily Mail, Amanda said that the actor, who died in 1975, called the invite the “ultimate compliment, but don’t be offended by it”.
She continued: “He was obviously very embarrassed and went round and round in circles before it came out. Finally, he admitted he was one of eight people who had been selected to help ‘launch the royal males into their future life’, as he put it.
“Between them, they had to choose anyone they thought would be suitable to teach Prince Charles about sex, and James had decided that I was suitable.
“He actually said: ‘We don’t really want people who are experienced but on the other hand, well, obviously they have to know the ropes. Frankly, the main thing one needs is a sense of humour and I know you have got that.”
Barrie, who came out as gay when she was 67 and went on to marry crime writer Hilary Bonner, met Prince Philip at a club called the Saddle Room in the fifties, and was told that if her encounters with Charles were a success, she would be a “fixture”.
She continued: “James indicated that if things went well, I would be a kind of fixture — not a girlfriend, but someone in the background. He said: ‘They [the royals] can’t possibly go off into the world without their own person.’
“Apparently, it was to be a privilege as no payment was offered.”
However, as alluring as night between the sheets with Prince Charles may have sounded, Barrie’s aversion to unflattering green shorts meant the romance was never to be.
Barrie revealed: “The one thing that put me off was he suggested I take a pair of khaki shorts to go shooting.
“It was those that did it. I couldn’t imagine me, in my wig and false eyelashes, dressed in khaki shorts striding across the moors. I had this terrible image of having to face the Queen over breakfast. What would she say? ‘So, Amanda, how was it?’
“I also thought that because Charles was so young, it might be a dreadful experience and I might be blamed. I had to say ‘no’.”
But she did manage to remain discreet about the request — for a few years, anyway.
She said she was told by Justice: “If you aren’t interested, please don’t tell anyone.’ So I didn’t, not for years.”