John DunneSat, 27 March 2021, 11:29 am
Tom Parker Bowles’ girlfriend has died of cancer at the age of 42 leaving him “devastated,” it has been reported.
The mother-of-three died peacefully at home on March 17, seven months after she was diagnosed with the disease.
A friend told the Daily Mail that Parker Bowles had been “blissfully happy” in his relationship with Ms Procope, after splitting with his wife Sarah Buys in 2018.
“Tom had been blissfully happy with Alice and is devastated that life can be so cruel,” the source said.
Procope was known as Alice Horton while working as a diary reporter.
She 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.
The friend added: “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 Teodorczuk, who worked with Ms Procope on the Standard’s Londoner’s Diary in 2003-2004, paid tribute to her on Saturday.
“She was a great journalist, so well connected and amazing fun to work with,” he said.
“She knew everyone in those days including Boris Johnson.
“She will be greatly missed. I was so sad to hear of her death, she was so young.”
Prince Charles is said to be close to Parker Bowles.
In 2018 Parker Bowles moved out of the Shepherd’s Bush home he shared with Sara and their two children after 12 years of marriage.
He has written five cookbooks and won an award for his work in 2010. He has presented a number of food shows and recently appeared on MasterChef.
His father is Andrew Parker Bowles and he has a younger sister, Laura Lopes, an art curator.