On Tuesday 20th May, the news came that Prince Rupert Loewenstein had died. Prince Rupert was the Rolling Stones’ financial manager for nearly 40 years, a role he described as ‘a combination of bank manager, psychiatrist and nanny’. I had the pleasure of working with him on two Stones book projects, A Life On The Road and According To The Rolling Stones, and most recently on his memoir, A Prince Among Stones, which was published last year by Bloomsbury. He was an extraordinary man: a fearsome negotiator (a joy to watch when on the same side of the table) whose razor-sharp intellect was balanced by a twinkling, erudite wit, great generosity of spirit and a deeply-held, devout spirituality. I enjoyed the comment made by the art dealer Christopher Gibbs, who introduced Mick Jagger to Prince Rupert in 1968: “I said, ‘What you need is a sensible English merchant banker’. So I found them a very amusing German prince.” Click here for the Daily Telegraph’s obituary.
Photograph of Prince Rupert, from the front cover of A Prince Among Stones, © Jennifer Cawley