What do you think heaven is like? With all the renowned spirits you've talked with, it sounds like Sardi's!
You are still a Catholic.
There's a lot of things we don't agree [on]. Some people say, "Why would you go in to an ordinary man and tell him your sins? What right does he have to give you absolution?" That doesn't bother me; it makes me feel good.
Where is the line between the living and the dead?
They're never gone, really. They just make another dimension. [When you die], you're starting whole new life. You're seeing all your loved ones.
You call what you do a gift. So do people ask you why you charge for it?
I have to live. Everybody has to charge something to navigate. I fell into Kenny Kingston Psychic Enterprises; it's over now but it was eight solid years. Someone's now using my name [on a dot-com site; his own site is kennykingston.org], but they're not me. Every chance we get, we're telling people, "Don't go there; [I] haven't been involved for years."
The duke and duchess of Cambridge are in Southern California this weekend. You met the duchess of Windsor, Prince William's great-great aunt by marriage, several times. What was the first encounter like?
[I heard her] talking to someone on the phone about a bill for her clothes that she didn't want to pay. [Then] the door opened. I gave her a reading. I gave her a reading many times, in different cities.
I gave him [the duke of Windsor, the former King Edward VIII] a reading too. He really didn't want a reading; he accepted it for her sake. [On one occasion] when we finished, a packet was on the table -- a gold frame. She said, "Please [take] it." So there it is, with my mother's picture in it.
What did she want to know?
It was mostly that she wanted the royal title [her royal highness]. That's why when Diana passed away, the duchess greeted her on the other side, because they were both [ultimately denied the royal highness title]. It makes sense.
Do you have any insights about the newlyweds?
You know, it's so obvious that this marriage will not last. First of all, why would you give a new woman that you love your mother's ring?
Don't a lot of people do that?
Would you be married in the same [church as] your mother's [funeral]? I wish they would be happy, really, but -- I would never tell the world. There's a reason. And the queen knows it.
This interview was edited and excerpted from a longer taped transcript. Interview archive: latimes.com/pattasks.