Prince Charles' former harpist faces burglary charges

Tuesday June 2, 2009

Jemima Phillips, the only musician to play at the wedding reception of Prince Charles and Camilla, has appeared in court accused of burgling three houses and faces a fourth count of fraud by false representation.

The 27-year-old, who was appointed official harpist to the Prince in 2004, is yet to enter pleas for the charges and has been granted bail on the condition she reports to her local police station twice a week. 

A graduate of the Royal College of Music, Jemima also performed at the wedding of Autumn Kelly and Peter Phillips last year and featured in the first concert to be recorded in the Buckingham Palace ballroom.

In 2007, she was replaced by 22-year-old Claire Jones in the position of royal harpist, a role which had lapsed since 1911 until Charles revived it in 2000 to help foster Welsh talent on the harp. Since then there have been three official harpists including Jemima, who filled the post between 2004 and 2007.

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