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Tinsley Mortimer and Prince Lorenzo Borghese never really dated, according to sources
The Italian businessman had dated Mortimer’s sister, Dabney Mercer, soon after he appeared on ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS PUBLISHED: SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2012, 6:00 AM
Sources say socialite Tinsley Mortimer was never really dating Prince Lorenzo Borghese.
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Were Tinsley Mortimer and Prince Lorenzo Borghese just posing as a couple?
The New York socialite has been linked to the former “The Bachelor” contestant since March, as we first reported, but multiple sources tells us the “relationship” between the pair was always more for photo ops than romance — especially since Borghese once dated Mortimer’s little sister.
Sources tell us the 40-year-old Italian businessman dated Mortimer’s younger sister, Dabney Mercer, in early 2007, soon after he appeared on the ABC reality show in the fall of 2006.
“Tinsley would never actually go out with someone Dabney dated,” says an in-the-know source close to Mortimer, who appeared with her sister on the ill-fated CW’s “High Society.” The sisters “are too close. They’re best friends.”
Mortimer, 35, began appearing at society functions, such as the Save Venice gala and New Yorkers for Children benefit, with Borghese this spring, less than two months after splitting from her boyfriend of two years, Brian Mazza of designer company Windsor Custom.
The Tinz previously filed for divorce from husband Topper Mortimer after seven years of marriage in 2009, reportedly in part due to her actual relationship with another Prince, named Casimir Wittgenstein-Sayn . She retained her married name, however.
Prior to his red-carpet time with Mortimer, Borghese had been dating 27-year-old aspiring pop-singer Cara Quici , who is most noticeable for her performances on “The Real Housewives of New York City.” A source close to Quici tells us things fizzled between the two late last year.
Borghese and Mortimer, whose staged couple appearances together have dwindled (they were, however, snapped in a group together at a summer social for the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation on July 11), do have a significant amount in common: Both are avid animal advocates, fiction authors and have appeared on multiple reality shows.
Besides “The Bachelor,” Borghese has appeared on the Dutch show “Coming to Holland: Prince Looks for Wife,” HGTV’s “Selling New York,” and recently, Bravo’s “Miss Advised.” Along with making a cameo on “Gossip Girl,” Mortimer starred in the ensemble reality show that was canceled after one season on the CW, “High Society.”
That, alas, wasn’t enough to keep the posing going forever: A second insider says Mortimer, once a publicist at the ritzy Manhattan public relations firm Harrison & Shriftman, was overheard calling Borghese “a dork” to a group of fellow guests at a dinner at the Kentucky Derby in Louisville in May. Borghese was not in attendance.
“Everyone knows they weren’t really together,” says the source. “She made it very clear. I mean, he dated Dabney.”
A spokeswoman for Mortimer did not return a request for comment by deadline.
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