So I just thought, “The doctor says it’s gone, so it’s gone,”’ she says.
But she is also self-deprecating and open, quick to laugh, and relishes the retelling of a juicy story as much as the finding and reporting of one.
She has now turned her talents to fiction with her first novel The Widow’s Guide to Sex and Dating – There is nothing remotely housewife-like about Carole, however, when we meet at her apartment in Manhattan’s well-heeled West Village.
In a black satin robe with CRD (Carole Radziwill Di Falco – her maiden name) embroidered on the breast pocket, she perches on a vast tiger-print-covered sofa, which, she tells me, was custom-made for her mother-in-law Lee Radziwill, sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
It was suddenly in places that you couldn’t cut it out, and it was horrifying,’ she says.
‘We didn’t talk about dying, never,’ she shakes her head vigorously.