A MAN alleged to be stalking the British Princess Royal divorced his wife so he could be available for her, his son claimed yesterday.

Bernard Quinn (52) left his wife of 28 years after his longstanding respect for Princess Anne suddenly turned into his conviction that a relationship between them was possible, his son Philip said. He has urged his father to seek psychiatric help, but insisted he poses no danger to the princess. He spoke after his father's photograph was circulated by police concerned about Quinn's regular attendance at Anne's public engagements.

In March 1974 a schizophrenic tried to kidnap her in central London.

Former Malawian president Hastings Kamuzu Banda appeared frail and tired during a rare public appearance at the weekend, shortly after apologising to the nation for wrongs committed during his rule.

Banda (96), who was acquitted in December on charges of conspiracy to murder four politicians in 1983, appeared outside his house in Blantyre to acknowledge the good wishes of 10,000 supporters.

A retrospective of Hollywood choreographer Gene Kelly, a homage to French movie maker Louis Malle and a competition for Asian women directors will highlight India's international film festival this week.

Retrospectives of Italian actor writer director Nanni Moretti, Canadian film maker Denys Arcand and Hungary's "most committed woman director", Marta Meszaros, will also be on offer.

Hollywood star Mickey Rourke has "crawled" back to his ex wife, supermodel and actress Carre Otis. But be has been relegated to sleeping on the sofa, Harpers & Queen magazine reports today.

The 26 year old model filed for divorce last year after a visit to Rourke on a film location ended with her being admitted to hospital. But, despite their earlier turbulent relationship, he is now "following her like a chihuahua from job to job".