10/03/2017 07:38 GMT | Updated 10/03/2017 11:33 GMT

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson’s Death Left Prince Charles ‘Broken’, Says Joan Collins

'He looked very sad... he was broken up.'

Dame Joan Collins has revealed Prince Charles has been left devastated by the death of Tara Palmer-Tomkinson.

The socialite was found dead at her London home last month at the age of 45, after suffering a perforated ulcer.

Joan, who met the Prince of Wales a recent charity event, revealed that Tara’s untimely death had hit him hard.

The Prince of Wales and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson were close.

“It was terrible, terrible news,” Dame Joan told The Sun. “A lot of people were broken up. Prince Charles, too. Shortly afterwards, I went to a thing for The Prince’s Trust and said to him, ‘I’m so sorry, Sir, about your friend Tara’.

“And he looked very sad. She was his godchild.”

It was widely believed that Tara was the goddaughter of the future king, although her sister Santa Montefiore, insisted this wasn’t actually the case in a tweet following her death.

At the time, Charles issued a statement saying he was “deeply saddened” by Tara’s death.

In joint statement issued by Clarence House, Charles and the Duchess of Cambridge added: “Our thoughts are so much with the family.”

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Joan added that she had seen Tara just before she died and revealed that she was looking forward to the future following a period of ill health.

“I saw her last year,” Joan said. “She came to my book launch. She was full of life and talking about what she was going to be doing.

“She said, ‘I’ve been off the radar because I haven’t been well. I’m happy now I’m back’. It’s very sad. She was quite young.”

Tara’s funeral took place in Hampshire last month, just a week after her sister confirmed she died of natural causes.

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