Prince Charles’ stepson Tom Parker Bowles has been left heartbroken by the death
of his girlfriend Alice Procope. The 42-year-old former journalist was diagnosed
with cancer last August and died on March 17.
Alice, who was known as Alice Horton when she was a diary writer, tragically died
of cancer after treatment was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic,
according to reports.
A friend told the Mail: “Partly because of Covid, Alice’s cancer diagnosis didn’t come
until last August by when it was too late.
“That’s what’s so really cruel, and there will be countless others like her.”
Tom had been dating Alice for nearly two years. He has two children with his wife
Sara but moved out of the family home in Shepherd’s Bush in 2018 after 12 years of
marriage. The tragedy of Alice’s death comes the same week Prince Charles and
his wife, Tom’s mother Camilla Parker Bowles, visited Greece to mark Greek
Tom, 46, is a British food writer and critic. He is the author of seven cookbooks and,
in 2010, won the Guild of Food Writers 2010 award for his writings on British food.
Alice was the granddaughter of the 2nd Viscount Ingleby and had three young children
with her estranged husband, Robert Procope, grandson of baronet Sir Robert Wigram.
She leaves behind children Katherine, Wilfred, and Georgia.
Her obituary, published in the Daily Telegraph, read: “Alice died peacefully at home on 17th March, aged 42.
“Much loved mother of Katherine, Wilfred and Georgia, wife of Robert, and adored sister
“Family funeral at St Gregory’s Minster, Kirkdale in Yorkshire with memorial service in
London later in the year.”
Prince Charles is said to be close to Tom, his stepson, having developed a close bond over
Tom, whose father Andrew Parker Bowles is Camilla’s first husband, previously said he
has ‘always adored’ Prince Charles.
He said: “All you care about your parents is they’re happy, and my mother is exceptionally
happy at the moment. I’ve always adored my stepfather; he’s always been a kind and
good and lovely man.
“He is a man of warmth, intelligence, and humanity, and I think if it ever happens,
he will make a fantastic King.”