All is fair in love and war

(Left) Glamour couple: Patti and George Harrison on their wedding day in 1966. (Right)Forgiven: Patti Boyd and Eric Clapton together at the funeral of Who drummer Keith Moon in 1978.

It was the one of the most extraordinary love triangles in British music history, almost destroying the friendship of two music legends. Now Patti Boyd has revealed that despite the heartbreak she caused George Harrison by leaving him for close friend Eric Clapton – he sent them a note to let them know all was forgiven.
One of the original 1960s ‘It Girls’, she was photographed by David Bailey and Terence Donovan and was a regular cover girl for Vogue.   Her beauty and style caught the attention of Harrison – who she wed in 1966 aged just 21 – and prompted him to pen love song Something for her. But Clapton also fell for her charms famously writing Layla – a song about unrequited love – about Miss Boyd when she was still married to his friend.
Miss Boyd said she felt ‘neglected’ by Harrison when she left him after eight years of marriage but also tremendous guilt for walking out. Now 67, she has revealed that she recently rediscovered a message sent to her by the Beatle to clear the air. Harrison wrote the note while he was on tour in 1976 – some two years after their relationship broke down. It said: ‘E+P God Bless Us All, love from G.’
Miss Boyd told the Sunday Times Magazine: ‘George’s note was like a forgiveness. It meant a lot to me. I didn’t feel great about leaving him and it showed me he was happy. It was as if the hurt had finally been accepted and healed.’
Clapton went on to write classics Wonderful Tonight and Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad? for Miss Boyd and hailed her as his muse.  She told the magazine: ‘I felt we would always love each other for the rest of our lives. I didn’t see anything final in us splitting up.  ‘He always said, if I changed my mind, I could go back’.
Miss Boyd admitted she did think about returning to Harrison during her marriage to Clapton, who was an alcoholic, but claimed the singer was too possessive. Miss Boyd, who is now single and lives in West Sussex, said she would consider marrying again. She explained: ‘If a real man, a caring man appeared, I may think twice. There are few around. The nicest are married.’ Miss Boyd has published the note with a reissue of her memoir Wonderful Tonight.