Sonia Keppel - continued from previous post. You may wonder where she got the courage to think she had enough talent to write a memoir, but she had loved to write as a young girl and back then, before she was reined in by her mother, her subject was generally rape. Spurred on by an adult family friend who wrote, and while abed in the nursery at night keeping doughty Nanny at bay, she concocted the plots for two novels: the first called 'The Love Letters of a Chinese Washer-Woman,' had as heroine Little Hot One, who was chased into Burma by a Chinese bandit and unhappily yielded her maidenhead amidst the maidenhair ferns. In a monsoon. These novels were never published as juvenilia. Unamused Mamma had them destroyed. Sonia Keppel married into the very rich Cubitt family, who had made its millions building much of 19th-century London, and with Roland Cubitt she had three children, two sons and a daughter, the Hon. Rosalind - Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall's mother. Her marriage ended in divorce after almost three decades. She died from osteoporosis, as did her daughter; Camilla is president of the United Kingdom's National Osteoporosis Society.
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