Keeler leaves son £77k... and a plea sure truth is told

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By Ni­cola Byrne and Adam Luck

CHRISTINE KEELER’S fi­nal wish was that the ‘truth’ be told about her role in the Pro­fumo af­fair, the Ir­ish Mail on Sun­day can re­veal.

The for­mer show­girl and model, who died last year aged 75, asked in her will that her sec­ond son, Sey­mour Platt – who lives in Co. Long­ford – ‘do what he can to make sure that the truth is told’.

She also left him her £77,000 es­tate.

Keeler was 19 when she had af­fairs with Soviet spy Yevgeny Ivanov and Bri­tish war min­is­ter John Pro­fumo in 1961.

When the love tri­an­gle was re­vealed two years later, it gen­er­ated scan­dal and – due to its po­ten­tial threat to Bri­tish national se­cu­rity – cost Pro­fumo his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer.

Keeler spent the rest of her life rail­ing against claims that she had been a pros­ti­tute.

Stephen Ward, who had in­tro­duced her to Pro­fumo and Ivanov, was found guilty of liv­ing off the im­moral earn­ings of Keeler and an­other woman, Mandy RiceDavies.

He at­tempted sui­cide the night be­fore his con­vic­tion and died sev­eral days later. Keeler, who found her­self thrust back into the spot­light in 1989 with the re­lease of the film Scan­dal about the Pro­fumo af­fair, once said: ‘Even a crim­i­nal has the right to a new life, but they made sure I did not have that.

‘They never stopped call­ing me a pros­ti­tute. How can any­one live with that?

‘I took on the sins of ev­ery­body… of a gen­er­a­tion re­ally.’

Keeler, who mar­ried twice, was es­tranged from her first son, James Lev­er­more.

Sey­mour, a busi­ness an­a­lyst who lives in Far­nagh, just out­side Long­ford town, told the MoS: ‘I’m one of the least qual­i­fied peo­ple in the world to talk about my mum’s past – for the sim­ple rea­son that I wasn’t around when the events took place.

‘My mum would tell me stuff about her past sex life but, like any other teenage boy, I didn’t want to hear about my mum in that re­gard, so I didn’t lis­ten much.’ Speak­ing about a forth­com­ing BBC se­ries, The Trial Of Christine Keeler, he said: ‘I know it’s hap­pen­ing. I’ve read about it in the pa­pers but I don’t know what’s in it. ‘I wasn’t con­sulted about it. I hope it’s good, I’m sure it will be. ‘My mum is a his­tor­i­cal fig­ure and, as such, peo­ple are en­ti­tled to write about her.’ Asked what it was like hav­ing Keeler as a mother, Mr Platt said: ‘To oth­ers she was Christine Keeler but to me she was just mum. ‘Ev­ery so of­ten I get peo­ple like you turn­ing up on my doorstep, es­pe­cially when some­one dies. ‘Then the whole story is dragged back up again. But other­wise she was just a nor­mal mum.

‘Like any son, I have good and bad mem­o­ries. What I re­mem­ber most of her was that she was a re­ally pro­tec­tive mother.

‘She didn’t want any­thing bad to hap­pen to her lit­tle boy and she didn’t want me to see or hear any­thing bad.

‘She didn’t want me to see her with men’ ‘Lucky to have had time with her be­fore she died’

‘I know that’s true of most par­ents, but with her in par­tic­u­lar. She was very pro­tec­tive and I think that’s be­cause of the up­bring­ing she had.

‘She never had men friends around and I al­ways felt that was be­cause of me. She didn’t want me to see her with men.

‘Although she told me about her past, when I was a lit­tle boy there was never any sign of the for­mer life she had.

Keeler wanted Sey­mour Platt to pro­tect her rep­u­ta­tion Son and heir:

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