Camilla's ex inspired Cooper's sexy bestseller Over since the 24 carat cad Rupert CampbellBlack bounded on to the pages of Jilly Cooper's first bonkbuster, Riders, in 1985 it's been the question her legions of fans have been burning to ask: just who is "RCB" based on? Seventeen years and six novels later, the secret is finally out.
The hardriding seducer was inspired at least in part by none other than Brigadier Andrew Parker Bowles, the former husband of the Prince of Wales' consort, Camilla. "Yes, it was Andrew along, it has to be said, with a few of his friends that inspired me to create Rupert Campbell Black," Cooper said at the launch of her latest novel, Pandora. "When I moved to Gloucestershire in the early 1980s, I met this amazingly glamorous group of men Andrew, Mickey Suffolk (Michael, Earl of Suffolk), Rupert Lycett Green and David Somerset (the Duke of Beaufort). "They were a wildly dashing and exciting group, and their bravery and charisma buy pandora online were the essential elements of Rupert's character." She went on: "His shittiness was entirely my invention, I hasten to add, and had nothing whatsoever to do with their behaviour." In Riders, Campbell Black's entrance occasions the following eulogy: "Goodness, he was well constructed. Usually, men with such long legs had short bodies but Rupert, from the broad flat shoulders to the lean muscular hips and powerful thighs, seemed perfectly in proportion." Multiple affairs and one night stands later, he became a byword for the textbook upper class bounder: a champagne swilling, show jumping champion who seduced his pandora the store way round the fictional county of Rutshire accompanied by his pet lurcher, Blue, before eventually settling down with a local cook called Taggie. Brigadier Parker Bowles, who attended Pandora's launch with his daughter, Laura, admitted that he had long known the role he played in Campbell Black's creation. "Yes, pandora jewelry retailers locations I've always known I was involved, but it's not the type of thing that one goes around boasting about," he said. "Actually, I didn't realise that Campbell Black was based on as many as american pandora charms four of us I thought it was just me and Mickey Suffolk. Still, I took it, and continue to take it, as a great compliment, although I'm nowhere near as exciting as Campbell Black. "Jilly's been a wonderful friend. and it's great to see her still on such good form." The Earl of Suffolk who, according to Cooper, is "the kind of blue eyed beauty that only grows in Gloucestershire" confessed that he was also well aware of the part he had played in Campbell Black's creation. He said, though, that he had been disappointed to discover he was not the only prototype. "I suppose I realised, once I had actually read Riders, that it couldn't really have been just me, I just wouldn't get that lucky," he said. "Campbell Black and I did follow similar paths, though. Both of us had our, um, youth, but settled down in the end. Though whether I was ever as wild as him I couldn't say. "It was so long ago I don't remember.
Actually, Andrew used to live in one of my houses on the estate. We are old friends, and I am flattered and delighted to be grouped with him.".
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