Thursday, March 17, 2011

No truth to the Langhorne-Teck romance

March 17, 1907

"My daughter Nora has never met Prince Francis of Teck,"  said Mr. Chiswell Dabney Langhorne to a New York Times reporter.  Langhorne made the emphatic declaration at Mirador, his country home near Greenwood in Albemarle County, Virginia.  He denies that there "is any truth in the story" that Prince Francis, younger brother of the Princess of Wales, "is a suitor for his daughter's hand."

Miss Langhorne has been in Richmond for the last two weeks with her sister, Mrs. T. Moncure Perkins.  She is now on her way to Mirador, where she will spend Easter with her father.

Mrs. Perkins also denies that Miss Langhorne has "never even seen" Prince Francis, although he is a friend their sister, Mrs. Waldorf Astor.  Miss Langhorne has spent the Winter in Switzerland and spent only two weeks in England last month.  She was ill, and confined to her room. She did not accept any social invitations, and sailed for American only after her doctor said it was all right for her to travel.

She is only 19-years-old, and recently completed her education.   According to her family, Miss Langhorne will be "introduced into Society" next winter.     The family "resents the story" of the engagement, which has been making the "rounds in Virginia for several weeks."

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