A witness testified Monday that late socialite Brooke Astor made an awkward remark to Britain's Camilla Parker Bowles and criticized Catherine Zeta-Jones' dress during a 1999 luncheon.
Vartan Gregorian of the Carnegie Corp. foundation testified Monday that Astor told Parker Bowles, “Your grandmother would be proud of you.” He said she was referring Alice Frederica Edmonstone Keppel, who was Parker Bowles' ancestor and the reputed mistress of King Edward VII.
Parker Bowles married Prince Charles in 2005.
Gregorian said Astor said she did not recognize actress Catherine Zeta-Jones nearby, and said, “She's wearing the wrong dress for this occasion.”
Astor's 84-year-old son Anthony Marshall is charged with grand larceny, accused of taking advantage of his mother's mental decline to loot her $198 million estate.
He has denied the charges.