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My Prince is a charmer

- Supermodels · Viral · Gossip · Celebrities · Prince Andrew, Duke of York · Madrid · United Kingdom · United States of America · France · Germany · Spain · Sardinia, OH

A STUN­NING model re­vealed yes­ter­day how Prince An­drew charmed her while they cruised on a su­pery­acht off Sar­dinia – but in­sisted there was no ro­mance be­tween them.

Alexan­dra Es­cat, 25, who has been in­un­dated with of­fers of work since she was pho­tographed rub­bing sun­cream over An­drew three weeks ago, de­scribed how the Prince took her hands and told her: “You’re lovely.”

Alexan­dra said she was im­pressed by the way 50-year-old An­drew lis­tened in­tently to her, ask­ing about her fam­ily and telling her about the con­straints of life as a royal.

The brunette claimed he told her: “I don’t even have my brother’s tele­phone num­ber. I talk to my body­guard, my body­guard talks to his body­guard and he talks to him.

“You’re so lucky, you have such free­dom. My life is so reg­i­mented. Ev­ery sin­gle hour of ev­ery sin­gle day is mapped out.” But the model of Filip­ina and Span­ish par­ents, who at­tends uni­ver­sity in Madrid, in­sisted there was noth­ing be­tween them, de­scrib­ing the idea as “ridicu­lous”.

Her en­counter with An­drew came when she was in­vited to join wealthy friends for lunch on the 154ft yacht Yalla off Sar­dinia’s Emer­ald Coast.

She said: “There were about 10 other peo­ple on that yacht and I

Alexan­dra Es­cat and Prince An­drew on a yacht off Sar­dinia this month had met the Prince only the evening be­fore. His host was a friend of mine. An­drew was a good lis­tener, very at­ten­tive.

“There’s a real art to lis­ten­ing and con­ver­sa­tion, and he has it. I thought him the per­fect Bri­tish gen­tle­man.”

They talked about mil­i­tary his­tory and he quizzed her about how long Bri­tain had been at war with Amer­ica, France and Ger­many. She re­vealed: “It was funny. I got it wrong and he held my hands and said, ‘You’re lovely’.”

Soon she was rub­bing oil into his back – and pho­to­graphs prompted spec­u­la­tion the pair may be in­volved ro­man­ti­cally.

Fuel was added to the fire the next day when the pair were pic­tured to­gether board­ing a pri­vate jet, though Alexan­dra in­sisted he was just giv­ing her a lift to Spain.

She added: “I’m not stupid. I can see what a juicy bit of gos­sip it must have seemed. It all looks so ro­man­tic but I know what hap­pened – and what did not. I don’t re­gret it. I know who I am and the sort of girl I was brought up to be. It never oc­curred to me he would look at me in that way.”

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