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British Socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson Dies, Aged 45

The former IT girl and Prince Charles’ goddaughter had been battling a brain tumour

British socialite and Prince Charles’ goddaughter Tara Palmer-Tomkinson passed away at her home in London overnight.

The 45-year-old had been battling a brain tumour but the cause of death has not been yet been revealed.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall released a statement after news of her death broke, saying they are “deeply saddened and our thoughts are so much with the family.” 

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and Prince Charles reports that Palmer-Tomkinson was also suffering from a rare auto-immune condition which was related to her anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA-related), “in which abnormal antibodies attack the body’s cells and tissues.”


Palmer-Tomkinson was known the daughter of an aristocrat and grew up in Dummer Grange, a 1,200-acre estate near Basingstoke in Hampshire and was close friends with members of the ryoal family as Prince Charles’ goddaughter. 

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and Kate Middleton
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson

She became of the British ‘It’ girl of the 1990s and 2000s and had a high-profile battle with cocaine addiction which she spoke openly about on a number of occasions.

“Yes. I’d love to lie and say I have no regrets, but I do. I’d like to go back to that young girl and shake her. So much was handed to me on a plate,” she told the Daily Mail .

“I never set out to become an It girl, but you get opportunity after opportunity, then a car, a TV programme. It was so exciting, albeit a bit frightening. You have people telling you that you are brilliant — that you wouldn’t be getting all these opportunities if you weren’t brilliant.

“The trouble is, you don’t feel brilliant. You just feel out of your depth. In fact, if you did feel brilliant, you might not do the toxic things I started to do.”

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