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Charles back home amid ongoing crisis.

THE Prince of Wales arrived back in Britain last night to face the escalating crisis enveloping him.

Charles was shielded from the growing media circus as he carried out a tour thousands of miles away in Oman -a country whose own newspapers have made no mention of his recent difficulties.

He arrived back at Heathrow airport just after 4pm on the British Airways 767 used for his official visit to the Middle East and India.

The Prince,dressed in a dark overcoat, white shirt and blue and red tie,kept his head down and ignored waiting journalists and photographers.

He was whisked away in a royal car which was waiting for him at the bottom of the steps leading to the plane.

Earlier,he remained silent as he attended a Remembrance Day Service in the Sultanate when asked by a TV crew whether he was looking forward to returning to the UK.

The Prince simply turned his back and got into his car after initially saying he was ``delighted'' to hear about the birth of a baby girl to the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

Reports say the beleaguered heir to the throne may be contemplating a personal TV appearance to quash allegations that he was seen in a compromising incident with a servant.

Charles made his way to his Gloucestershire sanctuary Highgrove.

Meanwhile it was also reported yesterday that the man who last week put the Prince of Wales publicly at the centre of the crisis once questioned his sexuality.

Sir Michael Peat,his private secretary,issued a statement to deny allegations of the ``incident''. Charles flew home from his 13-day foreign tour after a week which began with former servant Michael Fawcett launching an injunction against a Sunday newspaper gagging it from publishing a story based on claims by another former servant George Smith.

On Thursday, Sir Michael dramatically revealed Charles was at the centre of the allegations.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 10, 2003
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