"The Prince of Wales received a warm welcome in freezing Estonia today despite the unexplained absence of half the celebrities who were supposed to line up to meet him," reported the British agency PA News.
The nation's six finest young achievers had agreed to attend a reception in the prince's honor hosted by the British ambassador at Kadriorg Palace. But three of the stars never materialized, including Kass, who has graced the cover of Vanity Fair but was still in New York on Nov. 5.
Tanel Padar, whose winning performance at this year's Eurovision rocketed Estonia into the international limelight, also failed to show up after apparently enjoying a heavy night at a party the day before.
His girlfriend Eda-Ines Etti completed the trio of absentees.
Estonia's other Eurovision success, 20-year-old singer Maarja-Liis Ilus, who came fifth in the contest in 1996, tried to cover for her friends and explain the situation to Prince Charles.
"I'm going to call (Padar) and ask what happened to them. I spoke to him yesterday and he said they were coming, but they were going to a big party last night," said Ilus after speaking to the prince.
"First Prince Charles thought I was the winner and I explained the situation. I just said they couldn't make it."
The prince also met Mart Poom, Derby County Football Club's goalkeeper, and Erki Nool, Olympic decathlon gold medalist.