11 DECEMBER 1993, Page 30

Bashful Virgin

THE PRINCESS of Wales's withdrawal from the limelight got off to a good start this week, when she named a Virgin aero- plane for Richard Branson. He arranged for her to have her neck rubbed by a travel- ling therapist, to play electronic roulette in the air, and to be serenaded by the singer Chris de Burgh, who commiserated with her on the pain that goes with publicity. Goodness knows what will happen if Mr Branson ever withdraws from the limelight.