In the months that followed, moreover, she continued to thwart headline-writers in search of further scandal.
There was no gaggle of indigent aristo toyboys eager to woo her and no paparazzi shots of her laden with Gucci carrier bags.
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She didn't have a mortgage to pay off, and her own luxuries appear to have amounted to a trip to a wedding in Cuba, the car and a planned visit to Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam in the autumn.
Observers dispirited by such an absence of frivolity should probably be reminded that this is a woman who, in the heady aftermath of her win, retreated not to St Tropez, but to a four-day money-management course entitled Financial Care."I just wanted to be able to understand what my financial adviser was talking about," she says, by way of vaguely apologetic explanation.
I try not to offload it on to my friends, but you never know when a pointless fact may come in useful."In the intervening months, The Weakest Link went transatlantic, Big Brother has come and gone, and Survivor just about managed to cling on for dear life.
"I always answer, 'No, I don't know you,' because it would sound dreadful to reply, 'No, I'm the millionaire.' "For a fleeting moment there is a mischievous twinkle in her eye as she visualises the probable reaction.
The kitchen doors of her west London terrace house are flung open, revealing the urban garden she designed herself that somehow contrives to be simultaneously an exercise in mathematical restraint and a riot of colour.
As her Burmese cat, Perdita, stalks proprietorially across the table, Keppel finally confides exactly what went through her head the moment she realised she had bagged that million."Actually, I just thought to myself: 'Thank God, now I don't have to move to France,' " she says, over the distant rumble of traffic."Not that I don't love the country," she says quickly, as I struggle to hide my bafflement."I thought so many English people go over there there's bound to be a demand for garden design.But even though I'd set myself up to do that, deep down, I didn't really want to leave my family and friends and the bustle of town life."But the bustle of Keppel's own life was about to reach hectic levels.""This is what it looks like," she coolly responded, her poise unruffled.A distant cousin of Camilla Parker Bowles (with whom she hasn't been in touch for years), twice-divorced Keppel continued to maintain a dignified silence in the eye of the Camillionaire storm.I was serious enough about it to have started renting a little place and the idea was to let my house out here.