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There's nothing a British aristocrat loves like a jolly day spent blasting pheasants out of the sky, yet there is still a certain amount of surprise that any of Pippa's friends could have been so stupid as to Instagram pictures of Pippa grinning broadly in front of a heap of dead birds after a shoot this weekend - on an open account.

Still, at least she is wearing Dubarry boots in the picture. Wellie-snobbery is terrible but growing vice among the British upper classes. Wearing the wrong sort of wellies is a crime at least as serious as not understanding the privacy settings on your account before uploading snaps.

Prince William today hosted the first ever game of football to be played at Buckingham Palace

Prince William - president of the British Football Association - today hosted the first ever football match to be held at Buckingham Palace, telling the teams before kick-off,  “One warning, though: if anyone breaks a window, you can answer to my grandmother.”


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The Queen is still in Scotland, prompting William to add, “The one small silver lining to Her Majesty not being present today is that there shouldn’t be any corgis running on to the pitch!”

Prince William presented medals to the 150 football volunteers before kick-off.


Fashion, Sex & Power

Royal Wedding Bells?

Harry and Cressida Could Wed Next Year

More chatter suggests that Harry and Cressida could be preparing to get married next year. Tom Sykes reports

The Royalist was reporting all last week that there seemed to be fresh impetus on the part of Camp Harry to move towards an engagement with his girlfriend Cressida Bonas, and this weekend the British royal gossips were abuzz with further speculation on the matter, after the Sunday Telegraph reported that Cressida’s friends were confidently expecting a 2014 wedding.

“Cressie is going to marry Harry,” one of her friends told The Telegraph.  “Harry never stops talking about marriage and children, and she has now got used to the idea. The wedding is likely to take place next year.”

Harry (29) has made little secret of the fact that he is actively wife-hunting, going so far as to explicitly bemoan the difficulty of finding someone to fill the “role” of royal wife in interviews, and this, understandably, ‘freaked Cressida out’ according to one of the Royalist’s sources.

Friends of the young royals have previously told the Royalist that the romance with Cressida (24) represented Harry’s most serious relationship since the Chelsy Davy days, but with Harry’s and Cressida’s friends now allowing themselves to believe that the still-rowdy royal and his blue-blooded girlfriend could actually tie the knot next year, it’s clear the relationship is moving up a gear. Cressida has been unwilling to commit, and also to give up on her dreams of a showbiz career (she is a dance graduate).

Lock Up Your Daughters, Australia! Harry's In Town

 “Lock up your daughters Tony Abbott, Prince Harry is heading down under to party,” said Melbourne’s Herald Sun ahead of the young royal's visit to Australia, which is now well and truly under way.

But Mr Abbott - who described himself during the recent election campaign as “the guy with the not bad looking daughters” - today ignored that advice to introduce  his wife Margie, and two of their three daughters, Frances and Bridget, to Harry.



Another newspaper reported the Prince's visit today by saying, “Ladies, Prince Harry is in town… but you probably already know that. Thus begins a frenzied 24-hour blitz by the broads to somehow, anyhow, get the attention of the most desirable ginger in the cosmos.”

Pippa has written a new travel piece for The Telegraph. Tom Sykes attempts to decode the secret messages hidden within it

Pippa Middleton is turning into the world’s hardest working freelancer, and today she has another work in The Telegraph, a travel piece from the Austrian town of Kitzbühel, for which she has somehow been persuaded to dress up in traditional Tyrolean dress.

The Telegraph has wisely decided to make the most of the no-doubt towering fee it has shelled out to hire Pippa by also running a gallery of Pippa in the bust-enhancing peasant wear.

However I am more intrigued by the writing – as I increasingly think there is a kind of secret code to Pippa’s journalism.

So the Royalist proudly presents, “Pippa’s latest piece, the text and the sub-text”.


Sinead-Miley Feud Escalates

O’Connor tells Cyrus ‘to take five minutes between g-string changes’ to delete tweets mocking O’Connor’s past mental-health problems.

The bizarre showbiz feud between Miley Cyrus and Irish singer Sinead O’Connor kicked up a gear Friday morning, with O’Connor threatening to call in the lawyers after Cyrus posted a series of tweets that O’Connor wrote when she was having a nervous breakdown. Cyrus mocked O’Connor’s mental-health difficulties by comparing her to Amanda Bynes.


Miley and Sinead: not really very similar. (Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty; Ethan Miller/Getty)

The row began when O'Connor wrote a “loving” and “motherly” open letter to the young star Thursday warning Cyrus that being “naked and licking sledgehammers” in her videos would end up destroying her career and that she was being “prostituted” by her record label.


Another Royal Wedding?

Harry and Cressida Allow Themselves To Be Pictured Together

Friends of the young royals say Harry and Cressida are getting more relaxed about going public

One of the defining characteristics of the relationship of Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas has been the extraordinary lengths the couple have gone to in order to avoid being photographed together.

Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas

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However, over the last few days the young royal and his girlfriend have been out and about together in full public view in London, making the most of their last few days together before Harry heads off to Australia on official duties, representing his grandmother at the Aussie equivalent of Fleet Week.

The couple were pictured together leaving the Prince of Wales Theatre in London's West End after watching the musical 'The Book of Mormon.'

The Irish singer Sinead O'Connor has written a ‘loving’ 1,000-word open letter to Miley, warning her not to ‘prostitute’ herself for the benefit of record execs, reports Tom Sykes.

The story goes that when the Irish singer Sinead O’Connor was a young girl looking for a recording contract, a record executive told her that, on the basis of her lovely long hair, she was a good commercial proposition, and therefore he would sign her.


Miley and Sinead, not really the same. We think you’ll agree. (Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision /AP; PicSol/Retna Ltd/Corbis)

Outraged, the feisty Sinead promptly went out and shaved her head—and became one of the biggest-selling and most outspoken female artists of her generation.

Nice Work If You Can Get It

Beckham Strips to Undies

David shows he really has got golden balls as he leaps across London’s skyline.

He looks pretty good, doesn't he?

We are never averse to a photo of Mr. David Beckham in his skivvies, so thanks are due to the sharp-eyed snapper who papped the former soccer star hard at work shooting his latest H&M ad—prancing around on top of an old brewery on Brick Lane, in London's East End.


via Instagram

The athlete, as one has come to expect, becomes disrobed in the short film—which will be screened in the U.K. in February.


Rihanna On Diana



The pop star tells of her admiration for Diana’s style.

Rihanna reckons that Princess Diana was gangsta—when it came to clothing, at least.

Although most of us might have thought that Diana had a very conservative, demure look compared with the pop star’s, Rihanna tells the new issue of Glamour magazine: "You know who is the best who ever did it? Princess Diana. She was like—she killed it. Every look was right.

"She was gangsta with her clothes. She had these crazy hats. She got oversize jackets. I loved everything she wore!"

Camille Paglia drew a comparison between Rihanna and Princess Diana earlier this year, saying, they both had a "ravishingly seductive flirtation" with the world's media and used every photo opportunity to convey "allure, defiance, or revenge."

Paglia said, "Not since Diana rocketed from shy, plump kindergarten aide to lean, mean fashion machine has there been such a ravishing seductive flirtation with the world press."

Pippa Middleton and her boyfriend Nico Jackson look, well, relaxed in each other's company in the back of a black taxi, leaving the 50th anniversary party for London nightclub Annabel’s.

Pippa Middleton and Nico Jackson

Pippa Middleton and Nico Jackson pictured leaving Annabel's after attending their 50th anniversary party in London on September 28, 2013. (EROTEME.CO.UK)

But are they close enough to tie the knot? Pippa was hinting that could be the case in her most recent newspaper column, writing, "Next stop, a flower-arranging course. Maybe I’ll be a DIY bride?"


Down Under

Prince Harry Will Meet Public In Sydney

Harry is landing in Australia on Saturday, the first stop in an eight-day tour of the country

Prince Harry is to take part in a public 'meet and greet' when he arrives in Sydney on Saturday, as part of his visit to attend the International Fleet Review.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the "walk-through will take place after he steps off the navy ship HMAS Leeuwin and before he attends an official engagement to meet dozens of young Australians with Prime Minister Tony Abbott at Kirribilli House".


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Harry is to be the guest of honor in Oz for a week of naval celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy's first entry of the fleet into Sydney harbor.

The celebrations will feature more than 40 warships, 16 tall ships and 8,000 sailors from 19 nations. Captain Wales, as Harry is known in the British Army, takes the salute on behalf of the queen.

It's Harry's first "official" visit to Oz, but he was last there in 2003 during his gap-year break when he worked on an outback ranch. 

The Royalist unearths a year 2000 interview in which remarriage is not ruled out by Andrew or Fergie

We are forced by events - namely Fergie pointedly refusing to rule out remarriage to 'my Prince' Andrew - to revisit the famous year 2000 interview with Tatler in which Andrew said he might consider remarriage, and Fergie chimed in her agreement.

In the interview with Tatler, Prince Andrew said: "We are not just doing it for the children. We are doing it for our own benefit too," before adding, "I don't rule remarriage out and I certainly don't rule it in. If ever the opportunity arose, I do not know what I would do, as it is not in the plan."

The duchess told Geordie Greig, the editor of Tatler: "There has been no discussion on remarriage or reconciliation or any other such word ... I simply say if it should happen, great. It is not in, nor is it ruled out."

She added: "The love is still very much there, just in a different form ... Our situation at Sunninghill is quite extraordinary and very original."

Cock-up or crass exploitation? A poster for the new Diana movie has been posted at the Paris tunnel where she died

Having already been slated for being as bad as a film can get, the makers of the Diana movie now appear to be out for the award of 'crassest advertising campaign ever'. Astonishingly, they have posted an ad for the film at the entrance of the Pont d'Alma tunnel where Diana was killed.

Diana Poster

A movie poster of "Diana" is seen near the "Flame of Liberty" statue (left) and the Pont de l'Alma tunnel (R) where Diana, Princess of Wales, died in a road crash in 1997, on September 28, 2013. (Charles Platiau/Reuters)

Unbelievable and extraordinary display of tactlessness...but should we be surprised?

Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian wrote of the film:


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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