Rod Stewart has become increasingly regal as the years have hurried on, so it was strangely unsurprising to hear that the singer and his wife, Penny Lancaster, left Prince Charle waiting when they arrived ten minutes late to a meeting with Charles yesterday, blaming London traffic for the long journey.
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Stewart afterwards told a reporter from the Daily Telegraph: "We have a place over in Wapping and it took us three-quarters of an hour to get here…I wish I had my own police escort, I would always be on time."
British paper accuses Andrew of undermining respect for Royal family by his 'spoilt' behavior
The Daily Mail has gone totally nuclear on Prince Andrew this morning, accusing him of being a 'spoilt oaf' who is trying to 'wreck' the newfound love of all things royal in the United Kingdom.
Writer Christopher Wilson has launched a scathing attack on Andy, effectively cataloguing every offence he has ever given, apparently outraged by the fact that he had an "intemperate outburst" at the police officers who stopped him in Buckingham Palace last week who were, "after all, were only doing their job."
Wilson points out that when the Government’s chief whip Andrew Mitchell swore at officers last year, he "paid with his career. Prince Andrew did very much the same — and instead received a cringing apology from Scotland Yard."
Then it's off to the races with a long catalogue of Andrew's many failings, which, despite myself, I read every word of.
A small taster:
An undercover tabloid reporter, who some years ago infiltrated Buckingham Palace to get a job as a footman, found that the servants tasked with opening the royal curtains each morning in the Prince’s bedroom were invariably greeted with a testy ‘f*** off’.
To Andrew, it would appear, rudeness is a way of life — whether you are high-born or from below stairs.
On one occasion, Margaret Thatcher’s deputy prime minister Willie Whitelaw engaged him amiably in conversation only to report later: ‘He talked to me as if I was his blasted caddy!’
Prince William has given his first full interview since becoming a dad
At least he is not talking to trees.
Prince William has given his first full length interview since becoming a dad – and told how he relaxes by listening to recordings of animals in the African bush including crickets and buffalo to help him relax.
The documentary, New Father, New Hope (I know! Who will be playing Darth Vader?) which airs this Sunday on CNN, also sees the Duke confess that he has become more “emotional” since becoming a dad and he also tells why he chose to propose to the Duchess of Cambridge in Kenya in 2010.
Prince William feeding a Tusk Trust rhino about to be relocated to Africa (Chris Jackson / Getty Images)
The Queen's visit to Ireland was hailed as a momentous, healing moment in the relationship between the UK and its former colony - but it very nearly was called off at the last minute, a new book reveals, due to “credible bomb warnings” in London and Dublin.
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The claims are made in "The Price of Power" by Pat Leahy, which is to be published this week.
“According to the people involved, there were new and credible bomb threats made when the Queen’s aircraft was actually in the air, and urgent conversations took place between Dublin and London about whether the flight should be turned around, diverted or delayed,” it says. “In the event, she continued.”
According to a report in the Irish Sunday Times, the book says that as threats from dissident republicans, both public and private, proliferated in the days leading up to the visit, “Downing Street became extremely jumpy, with some officials in Dublin fearing that the visit could be called off at the last minute”.
During the trip, the Queen gave a speech in which she came close to apologising for British behaviour in Ireland, and shook hands with former IRA man Martin McGuinness (above).
How jittery armed police confronted Prince Andrew and demanded he 'verify his identity' during a nervous week in London
On Wednesday night, the police whose job it is to keep Buckingham Palace secure, were, understandably, feeling somewhat jittery.
Just forty-eight hours earlier, in the most embarrassing security breach since a homeless drifter named Michael Fagan broke in to the Queen’s bedroom and engaged her in a forty-minute midnight chat in 1982, an optimistic thief had been arrested in one of the Buckingham Palace state rooms, the vast and opulently-furnished formal reception rooms which are open to the paying public during August and September.
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After scaling a 12ft fence, it is believed that the intruder, an East London DJ named Victor Miller, 37, entered Buck House by the tried and tested technique of kicking down a poorly secured external door.
Pippa writes about her 'fanciable' hockey coach in the Spectator
Pippa Middleton appears to be throwing herself with some gusto into the freelance journalism world, as this week she has a piece in a supplement about independent schools for the Spectator magazine, a British establishment favourite, describing how she had a crush on her hockey teacher at school, and lingering at some length on her 'petite physique' .
Writing of her memories of school sports, she says, she can still hear “the booming voice of Mr Markham, our fierce but undeniably fanciable coach, urging us all on.”
Pippa says that hockey was her favourite: “I was captain and proud.”
New Diana biopic starring Naomi Watts slated by critics after its world premiere last night
The reviews are in - and they aren't pretty.
The new Diana film starring Naomi Watts received its world premiere in Leicester Square last night, and was immediately savaged by critics.
Naomi Watts attends the World Premiere of "Diana" at Odeon Leicester Square (Samir Hussein / Getty Images)
Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian writes:
Prince Philip's cousin launches attack on Diana
Lady Pamela Hicks — first cousin to Prince Philip and a member of Queen Elizabeth II's 1947 bridal party — forgets the first rule of PR in the new Vanity Fair and speaks ill of the dead while promoting her new memoir in the new edition of Vanity Fair.
And not just any dead; Princess Diana.
“She had enormous charisma, she was beautiful, she was very good at empathy with the general crowd … and she had no feeling at all for her husband or his family. Quite the reverse!" she says of Diana.
“She was really spiteful, really unkind to him—and, my God, he’s a man who needs support and encouragement. [The marriage] absolutely destroyed him. He looked grey and ghost-like. Now of course he’s blossomed again.
“She made everybody believe she’d been thrown to the wolves. Such nonsense! She was given the Queen’s favorite lady-in-waiting, Sue Hussey, to help her, to teach her. But she didn’t want to be told anything. ‘That’s boring, Sue,’ she’d say. Instead, she wanted to listen to her music and go disco-ing or to some jive concert.
"She didn’t try. She had no need to try because she saw the people admired her, then they admired her more. She reckoned she was the star."
Republican newspaper allows a writer space to defend prince Charles's activism
Hats off the Guardian, Britain's most thoughtful left-wing newspaper, for running a piece today in defence of Prince Charles.
Vernon Bogdanor has been given space to argue back against the Guardian's constant criticism of the Prince, including its long-running campaign suggesting that he Prince abuses his position as constitutional monarch-in-waiting by seeking to influence policy.
The prince has been accused of "lobbying". But the key feature of a lobbyist is that he has a vested interest. The prince has no vested interests on such matters as Shakespeare or modern architecture. He has also been accused of enjoying a royal veto over matters affecting his private interests. But all that his critics have been able to establish is that he has been consulted.
Cressida Bonas And Her Oddly Named Family
An amusing collage of facts about Harry's girlfriend, Cressida Bonas, in this month's issue of the ever-entertaining society rag Tatler.
The piece reveals that Cressida is nicknamed Smalls or Smally in her family, "because she’s the youngest of her large brood of siblings from her mother, sparky Sixties heartbreaker Lady MaryGaye Curzon."
Then follows an astonishingly British array of names as Tatler runs through her siblings:
There’s Pandora (the eldest of the lot at 40 and nicknamed Baba), who’s Cressy’s half-sister from her mother’s first marriage to the late Esmond Cooper-Key. Then there’s Georgiana, Isabella and Jacobi, three half-siblings from Mary-Gaye’s second marriage to businessman John Anstruther Gough-Calthorpe. Georgiana, or Giana, is 34, an artist and married to hedgefunder Robert Butler. Isabella – Bellie – is a 33-year-old actress and married to Sam Branson. And Jacobi, 30, is nicknamed Cozy. Then there’s 24-year-old actress Gabriella Wilde, or Bumpy (she was called Bumble Bee as a child).
Hugh Van Cutsem passes away after long illness
One of Prince Charles's best friends, Hugh van Cutsem died yesterday at the age of 72 after a long illness.
“It has hit the Prince very hard,” a friend of the Norfolk landowner tells the Daily Telegraph's Tim Walker. “He had been ill for some time, but it still came as a shock.”
The van Cutsem's have been intimately involved in royal life for many years. Hugh Van Cutsem and Prince Charles attended Cambridge University together in the Sixties, his son, Edward, was a pageboy when Charles married Diana in 1981 and his grandddaughter, Grace, was a bridesmaid at the William and Kate's wedding in 2011. She was the one who put her hands over her ears to drown out the noise of the crowd on the Buckingham Palace balcony.
The former officer in the Household Cavalry also once occupied Anmer Hall, on The Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, which will now become a home to William and Kate.
Harry begins his South Pole training
Prince Harry is to spend twenty-four hours in a cold tank later this month as part of his preparations for his walk to the south pole in November.
The Prince, 28, and the four other members of the Walking with the Wounded team "will endure simulated blizzard conditions as they practice their daily routine including putting up and taking down their tent, cooking meals and skiing for two hours at a time on exercise machines," according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.
In November, Harry will be part of the British team which will race against a team from the US and a combined Canadian and Australian team in a 208-mile trek from the 87 degrees latitude line to the South Pole.
The race is expected to take 21 days, and the Commonwealth team will include another celeb in the form of British actor Dominic West.
Celebration of the national game
My sources tell me that playing soccer with Prince William 'can make you think he has tourettes' such is the volume and intensity of foul-mouthed expletives that pour forth from the royal mouth when the passionate footballer flubs a kick, so perhaps wisely the Prince will only be watching, not playing, when Buckingham Palace hosts its first ever game game of soccer in the palace gardens on Monday 7 October to pay tribute to 150 volunteers that "help deliver and support" the UK’s favourite game.
The event, which forms a key part of The FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations, will entail an official ceremony at Buckingham Palace with 150 specially selected grassroots heroes being awarded a medal from William.
The volunteers have all been chosen for their outstanding contribution and service to football – which includes everything from helping to develop the women’s game, providing opportunities for disabled players, grassroots referees as well as club and league administrators.
On the day the Buckingham Palace garden will host its first ever football match, featuring two of the oldest amateur clubs in England.
With special permission from Buckingham Palace for the game to take place, Wembley groundsman Tony Stones will work with the Royal Household gardeners to help create the pitch for what will be the most unique grassroots football match in the 150 year history of the game.
William, President of The Football Association, said in an official comment: “In our 150th year, it is hugely important for The FA to honour the efforts of the many thousands of volunteers who week in, week out, help to provide the opportunity for millions more people to enjoy football at grassroots level. Inviting 150 of these volunteers to Buckingham Palace provides a fitting way for The FA to pay tribute and give thanks.”
William and Kate spotted boarding a helicopter near the home of Lady Sarah
Baby George's round of royal engagements continued over the weekend, when Prince William and Kate took him to visit Princess Diana’s family.
The new parents spent the weekend with Diana, Princess of Wales’s eldest sister Lady Sarah McCorqudale at the farm in Stoke Rochford where Lady Sarah lives with her family, according to the Daily Express.
They were spotted boarding a helicopter nearby on departure.
The visit coincided with the 16th anniversary of Diana's death.
Reports in a UK tabloid that Pippa is engaged
The Sunday People reported at the weekend that Pippa Middleton is secretly engaged to her boyfriend Nico Jackson.
Seeing as how they have only been dating for six months and the Royalists spies have heard nothing about it, we are treating this latest royal rumour with caution, but one friend apparently told the Sunday People: “Pippa loved seeing Kate go down the aisle and now it is her turn for a fairytale wedding. She couldn’t be more sure that Nico is the right man for her. They are such a good fit for each other and their families get on really well. Everyone is so happy for Pippa.”
Pippa Middleton with Nico at Wimbledon (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
The paper has nailed its colors to the mast on this one, confidently giving dates and even details on ring design:
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.