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Nick Valentine's new memoir relates memorable encounter

Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran once said of London nightlife entrepreneur Nick Valentine, "Nick's watch has always been set 15 minutes ahead of everyone else in London nightlife. It means he usually sees things first, but inevitably gets home last."

Now Valentine has a memoir out, entitled Clubs, Drugs And Canapes, and among the manifold stories is an encounter with Prince Harry at one of his London clubs.

"Prince William and Harry came in to look around and I particularly wanted to show them upstairs to the restaurant, which did rather a good beef Wellington,’ he writes, "At the end of my tour, Prince William was politely appreciative and gave me a courtly handshake, but Prince Harry got me in a headlock! It was unusual, but I think he was just being playful."

University Challenge

Is Wills Too Thick for Cambridge?

Accusations fly that the prince should not have been given a place at Cambridge.

Is Prince William too thick to deserve a place at Cambridge University?

That is certainly the implication in the online Cambridge student newspaper The Tab, which writes, “Normally students need A*AA at A-level to gain entry to Cambridge University, whilst the Prince only achieved a mediocre ABC. Conveniently though for Will, he is the registered benefactor of the department he will be studying at.”

Meanwhile a Cambridge graduate, Melissa Berrill, has written a rabble-rousing think piece for The Guardian under the headline “William’s on his way—and Cambridge should be ashamed.” Berrill writes: “Prince William is soon to be admitted as a student at Cambridge on a course tailor-made for him—though his A, B and C results at A-level and 2.1 undergraduate degree are far below the standard required for the ordinary student.”

She adds: “Admitting Prince William is an insult to every student, whatever their background, who got into Cambridge by getting the required A-level or degree results. It’s an insult to every student whose A-levels and degree are the same or better than his, and who didn’t get a free pass to Cambridge in spite of them. And it’s an insult to everyone in the country who needs skills or training, and hasn’t had a university course personally designed for them. I’m unsurprised at Prince William’s part in this. Much as William and Kate are heralded as “modern” royals, a bit of media-savvy and pretty hair can’t cover up the fundamental unfairness and anachronism of their position. But I am surprised, and ashamed, that my old university is still colluding in it as much as it ever did.”

'Really Awesome Couple'

Ellie Goulding on William and Kate


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The singer who performed at the royal wedding opens up to British Marie Claire.

Ellie Goulding is Marie Claire’s February cover star, and the singer, who was handpicked by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to perform at their wedding reception in April 2011, has revealed what it was really like to attend the royal wedding.

"In the weeks before, everyone I know was talking about the wedding, and I was sat like [puts knuckles in her mouth], trying not to say anything," Goulding says in the new issue of British Marie Claire. "I kept it to myself for so long – but no one would have believed me anyway."

But did she actually mingle with the royal couple? "I talked to William and Kate quite a bit. They’re just a really awesome couple, lovely people, so I understand why people are fascinated by them. It was a really beautiful night – but then, I haven’t been to many weddings."


Prince William In Fan's Selfie

"You can't beat a good selfie on Christmas Day", William says

Check out Prince William's Christmas Day appearance in this 12-year-old royal fangirl's selfie.

Madison Lambe, of Boston, Lincolnshire, took the selfie with William after waiting outside the church at Sandringham on Christmas Day which the Royal Family traditionally attend.



After the service, as William was chatting to the crowds, she asked the Prince if he would pose for a photo to which he apparently replied, "You can't beat a good selfie on Christmas Day" before leaning in for the snap.

Duchess of Walk

Fergie Loses 30lbs in 12 Weeks

Fergie sheds pounds, declares she wants to help fight obesity

Is she slimming down to fit into a wedding dress?

Fergie has shed more than two stone in 12 weeks in a health and fitness drive in the Swiss Alps for an American TV show to be screened next year with personal trainer Josh Salzmann.

According to a report in  the Daily Mirror, 54-year-old Fergie has been on a "strict diet of blended foods and intensive workouts, including daily running and mountain hikes", developed by Salzmann.

At a charity lunch in Los Angeles Fergie told reporters,  “I went up to the mountains, and I ran every day. That’s how I got fit. I may have lost 30lbs, but I want to help combat global obesity. I want to really get into America and support young children who need to be educated about the future.”

What a Dame

Murder, Dame Angela Wrote

Angela Lansbury has been made a Dame in the Queen's New Year honors list

Angela Lansbury has been created a Dame in the Queen's New Year honors list, for services to drama and charity.

The news raises the intriguing possibility that the Queen is a fan of the TV series 'Murder She Wrote' with which Dame Angela, as we shall now have to get used to calling her, is synonymous.

Angela Lansbury, 88, was born in London’s East End. She moved to the United States in the 1940s where her acting career took off.

More than half of those honored by the Queen this year are women, for the first time in history.

'Late For Lunch'

Queen Declines Bouquets

Queen disappoints onlookers as she rushes back home for lunch

The Queen left children upset on Sunday after she left church at Sandringham without collecting any flowers from the children waiting outside.

When the Queen is in  residence at her Norfolk estate, the Queen attends church on Sundays at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate, and traditionally collects bouquets from local children who offer them.

However, she decided to return home immediately after the service this Sunday, “because she received so many bouquets on Christmas Day that she was made late for lunch with her family, police told people in the crowd,” according to the Telegraph.

The paper reports:

Back To School

Duke of Cambridge Gets Into Cambridge

Bespoke course "has been designed to help provide the Duke with an understanding of contemporary issues affecting agricultural business and rural communities in the United Kingdom".

Prince William is to spend 10 weeks at Cambridge University studying agricultural management in the New Year, Kensington Palace has announced.

The Palace said the course "has been designed to help provide the Duke with an understanding of contemporary issues affecting agricultural business and rural communities in the United Kingdom".

The Prince will attend lectures and seminars with other students and the news raises the intriguing prospect of the third-in-line to the throne being seen out and about in the libraries, bars and other facilities of the esteemed university.He will be staying there during the week, and heading home to London at weekends.

He will attend some 20 hours of lectures, seminars and meetings each week as part of a "bespoke" course which will help him prepare for his future role in charge of the Duchy of Cornwall.

The Dog Days of Christmas

Lupo Banned By Queen

No room for Lupo at Sandringham this year as corgis rule the roost

In his first interview after becoming a father, Prince William said: “Catherine, and now little George, are my priorities. And Lupo.”

It seems however that the Queen does not share her gransson’s high regard for his cocker spaniel. For a source tells the Sunday Telegraph that little Lupo was banned from the Royal family’s festive celebrations at Sandringham this year.

“The Queen made it clear that Lupo was not on the guest list,” a source told the paper. “The Duchess is especially fond of the puppy and was sad that he could not accompany them. He had to sit it out at her parents’ home in Berkshire.”

Personally, I am with the Queen on this one. Other people’s dogs are, on the whole, a pain in the royal backside.

Home For Christmas

Harry's Heros Home For Christmas

The Walking With The Wounded Team Arrives Back in the UK

The British team of wounded veterans who took part in the Virgin Money Allied Challenge to walk to the South Pole on behalf of the charity Walking With The Wounded arrived back on British soil today, several days behind schedule but still in time for Christmas.


Duncan Slater is embraced by his daughter Lilly (Dan Kitwood / Getty Images)

Prince Harry was not with them, as, not wishing to steal the limelight, he flew back quietly yesterday.


Danny Martindale

Down Under

Prince George Is Off To Oz

Kensington Palace confirms that baby George is anticiapted to travel with parents to Australia and New Zealand

Prince George will be logging some serious baby air miles this spring when William and Kate hope that he will be accompanying them on their first official tour of Australia and New Zealand.

A spokesperson said that it was currently 'anticipated' that Prince George would accompany his parents, but that a firm decision would be made in 'due course'.

The trip will last for most of April.



As court hears about voicemails of William calling Kate 'babykins' that were never published before, even in the News of the World, can anyone blame the second-in-line to the throne for looking a little grumpy of late?

When Prince William arrived with Kate at Buckingham Palace yesterday for the Queen's annual luncheon, driving his black Range Rover, he was wearing a face of such thunder that even the serried ranks of royal reporters, well-used to William's occasional grumpy days, were surprised by his openly irritated manner.

Now we are learning that it is not just sleepless nights looking after Prince George that may have unsettled his mood.

The media have been on alert all this week that 'bombshell' royal evidence was due to be dropped in the hacking trial against former workers of Rupert Murdoch's now-shuttered News of the World newspaper.


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Pippa Problems

Pippa Steals Limelight ... Again

Yesterday, the media were supposed to be focused on the stuffy royal luncheon at Buckingham Palace. Instead, social media exploded with speculation about Pippa's engagement. Tom Sykes on why Pippa remains a problem for the palace

Yesterday’s rumors that Pippa Middleton had got engaged to her boyfriend Nico Jackson while the pair were holidaying in India were swiftly rubbished by friends of the young royals. But the damage was done anyway. The Us Weekly story that Nico had made a ‘very romantic and grand’ proposal in the shadow of the Taj Mahal completely stole the day’s royal headlines, inching out the big royal set piece of the advent period, the Queen’s Christmas lunch, which sees the extended royal family gathering at Buckingham Palace for a pre-Christmas celebration.


Pippa and Nico - all social media wants to talk about (Gareth Cattermole)

The papers and websites should have been full of pictures of the Queen, William and Kate arriving at the palace, along with the cavalcade of minor royals such as the Kents and the Linleys. Instead twitter was afire with rumors and counter-rumors about Pippa’s love life.

Pippa remains a problem for the Royal family. The public steadfastly refuse to accept the palace's oft-repeated plea that she is not a member of the Royal family. And ever since the wedding, she’s been stealing the limelight. Initially, of course, her starring role was unasked for and somewhat forced upon her, but in the intervening years she has moved to embrace and capitalize on her rather bizarre fame, launching a commercial career nakedly cashing in on her royal connections including a column in Vanity Fair, a column in The Telegraph, a book. Pippa’s professionalization of her contacts would make Fergie blush.

Vroom Vroom

David Linley's Fiat 500

Will and Kate may have their new Bentley, but Linley can park anywhere

David Linley - the Queen's nephew, and son of original royal wild child Princess Margaret -  stole the show today when he arrived at the Queen's Christmas luncheon in a teeny-weeny Fiat 500.

The furniture maker and designer was accompanied by his daughter in the passenger seat.


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Also there were Kate - festive in a red coat and heavily pregnant Zara Phillips, who is due to give birth soon.

"Very Romantic and Grand!"

Is Pippa Middleton Engaged?

Us Weekly reports that Nico proposed in India

Maybe Pippa didn't just get sunburned on her trip to India.

For Us Weekly is now reporting that Pippa got engaged to her sporty, stockbroking boyfriend Nico Jackson during their recent trip to Asia.


Gareth Cattermole

And although the Royalist is excited, we are trying not to get too carried away here, as it's the first we have heard of the news and Pippa was definitely not sporting an engagement ring on her return from India.


The Royalist



Dissecting Cressida's Style

Dissecting Cressida's Style

Prince Harry’s girlfriend is the opposite of Kate Middleton in every way. Tom Sykes examines the evidence: a pair of Doc Martens, some dungarees, and that infamous scrunchie.

Sibling Rivalry

Mad About Pippa

Not A Stretch

Kate Flashes Tummy on First Solo Engagement Since Birth