She may have been on the outs with Princess Di and Prince Charles, but Patricia Maureen Kluge of Charlottesville is at the top of Virginia Gov. Gerald L. Baliles' invitation list.
Baliles announced this week that Kluge, 38, a native of Iraq and wife of Charlottesville billionaire John W. Kluge, has been selected as one of two Virginia residents to be sworn in as American citizens during special ceremonies July 3, which are a part of the centennial celebration of the Statue of Liberty.
Kluge drew considerable attention last year when she withdrew as general chairman of a Palm Beach charity ball for the British royal couple after London newspapers reported that in the 1970s she had posed nude for Knave, an adult magazine. She also wrote a column for the magazine on bedroom quirks.
After her past became public last year -- the London Star described her as "Di's Porn Queen Hostess" -- the Kluges announced they would be out of the country and unable to attend the benefit.
Baliles' spokeswoman, Chris Bridge, said "The governor was not aware of any of this" when he appointed Kluge. She said the governor did not intend to reconsider the issue.
"To focus on part of someone's background misses the point of the ceremony," Bridge said. It "stands for what the United States stands for, hope and not condemnation and opportunity and not prejudice."
Arlington restaurateur and Italian native Giuseppe Gagliardi is the other Virginian selected to become a U.S. citizen in the ceremonies.
Baliles aide Phil Abraham said Kluge and Gagliardi were selected from among about 200 Virginia residents who are planning to become citizens next month. He said he knew little about Kluge or her husband, "except that he was well off." He said he first heard "rumors" about her modeling career today.
Gary Hale, an Immigration and Naturalization Service official in Norfolk, said he mentioned Kluge to Abraham after an INS examiner in Arlington told him that Kluge had "expressed a real interest in being selected. She wanted it so bad she couldn't stand it."
Liz Poarch, Pat Kluge's personal assistant, said today in Charlottesville that her boss would have no comment because "she feels this is very personal. She is shy" about her plans to become a citizen.
Mary Sanford, the grande dame of Palm Beach society who clashed with Kluge last fall during Charles and Diana's visit, said Kluge should know that when she accepts duties that put her in the spotlight, "all that rather exciting publicity is going to come out. People love that stuff."
Kluge moved to the United States in 1973, after leaving her native Iraq in 1965 for England. She divorced her British husband, who published the magazine for which she posed.
She met John Kluge at a fundraiser in New York in 1980, and they were married the next year in St. Patrick's Cathedral. John Kluge, 71, sold his Metromedia television stations, including Washington's Channel 5, to media magnate Rupert Murdoch last year for about $2 billion, and last fall sold his nine radio stations, including WASH-FM, for $285 million.
The Kluges divide their time among homes in New York, Florida and Charlottesville.