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.
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:
Fergie did nothing to quash rumors of remarriage when asked about the controversial subject this weekend, reports Tom Sykes.
Someone hide the newspapers from Prince Philip! For it appears his red-headed anathema really could be coming back into the royal fold.
Sarah Ferguson (Stan Honda, AFP / Getty Images)
For although the cynics might have scoffed at the rumors that Fergie and Prince Andrew could remarry, they will find it harder to do so now that no less a well-informed personage than Her Fergieness herself has added fuel to that particular fire.
For, over the weekend, Fergie, who was appearing at a kids literary festival, promoting her new book, was apparently asked directly by a reporter from The Daily Telegraph whether she and Andrew, the queen’s second son, intended to formally reconcile, and, rather than ruling out such a prospect with a robust, ‘No’, somewhat coyly replied, “He’s still my handsome prince, he’ll always be my handsome prince.”
Previous royal christenings have been held in the music room at Buckingham Palace, but William and Kate want a more normal setting
In a significant break with tradition, Prince George will be christened at The Chapel Royal, a smal private chapel located in St James's Palace, rather than in the music room at Buckingham Palace where previous generations of royal heirs have been baptised.
The ceremony will take place on October 23rd, and, as with previous royal christenings, photographs will be released to the media shortly afterwards.
Michael Middleton//TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, via AP
The service will be presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the head of the Church of England.
New heraldic emblems unveiled
Here's one for heraldry boffins only: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a new Conjugal Coat of Arms which will, we are informed, "represent them in heraldic terms as a married couple".
The Conjugal Coat of Arms was approved this year by the Queen and is being shown publicly for the first time today.
Its basically a combination of the separate shields of Kate and William.
The Duke’s shield on the left is his version of the Royal Coat of Arms granted to him by The Queen on his 18th birthday. On the right, The Duchess’s shield is from the Middleton family Coat of Arms, granted to the family in 2011 ahead of her marriage in an effort to pre-emptively posh up the family.
After a series of fashion misses, Tom Sykes asks whether its time for Pippa Middleton to call in the professionals.
After what Pippa wore to the big Vanity Fair party in London with Graydon Carter this week – a strangely ill-judged Matthew Williamson creation that combined a sparkly blue vest on top with a bizarre black and orange feathery dress tacked onto the bottom - I am afraid the question cannot be avoided any longer.
Is Pippa Middleton really badly dressed?
Yes, she looked splendid at her sister’s wedding in that McQueen gown, which did so much to flatter her natural shape (ahem), but, in recent months, Pippa has been clocking up many more misses than hits.
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Man who claimed army helped cause crash "in fear of his life"
The sniper known only as "Soldier N" who sensationally claimed that the SAS helped cause the car crash that killed Princess Diana in 1997 has reportedly fled to Thailand "in fear of his life".
John Stillwell/PA, via Landov
The soldier is said by UK paper the Daily Star to be hiding out in south-east Asia as police investigators probe claims that members of the Army helped cause the car crash that killed Diana in 1997.
He claimed that special forces agents shined a light into the eyes of Diana's driver, which led to him losing control of the car and hitting a pillar in a tunnel in Paris, but he fled the country before Scotland Yard could properly examine the evidence, which was handed over by the Royal Military Police, reported the Daily Star.
Soldier N was jailed after being convicted of illegal possession of firearms, and is believed to have suffered flashbacks and paranoia typical of PTSD.
Big London night out for the Vanity Fair massive
Pippa Middleton was out on the town last night, attending a Vanity Fair dinner to launch the Serpentine's new Sackler Gallery, with her new boss Graydon Carter.
Boris, Maurice Saatchi, Pippa and Graydon (Getty Images) (David M. Benett)
Pippa looked pretty darned fabulous as she arrived at the London event in a feather-trimmed shift cocktail dress by British designer Matthew Williamson.
The dinner was co-hosted by Michael Bloomberg, launching his Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors' Challenge.
The Queen needs a new member of her time team
It’s often said that you can set your watch by the Queen, so punctual is our monarch, but this poses the question - who sets the Queen’s watch?
The royal horologist, of course, and currently the situation is vacant.
The Royal Collection Trust is advertising for a new ‘Horological Conservator’ who will “work with a team of three based out of workshops in Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, maintaining in excess of 1,000 clocks, including many items of great historical importance and rarity, whilst also repairing a range of horological items and Turret clocks…You will work with colleagues in other areas of the Royal Collection Department; give occasional lectures and tours, instruct on the cleaning and handling of clocks and be keen to develop research and awareness of best practice horological conservation.”
It was announced yesterday that Prince Harry is to undertake an official trip to Australia next month to participate in the country’s version of Fleet Week.
Harry will join the new Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott at Sydney Harbour to inspect 40 war ships as part of the International Fleet Review.
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Harry spent time in Australia in 2003 during his gap year, working as a “jackaroo” at a Queensland cattle station.
How William and Kate lived on Anglesey
His grandfather, Prince Philip, is famed for driving a London taxi around town, and it seems William has learnt a trick out of the old man's book.
Prince Philip's London taxi (Tim Graham / Getty Images)
For a brilliant piece in the Daily Mail today by the Mail's Royal correspondent, Rachel English, which explores the couple's life on Anglesey (now they have left, the locals are talking) describes among other details, how the pair would drive around the island in a battered white Ford Transit van, wearing baseball caps and sunglasses when they wanted to venture out incognito.
‘Everyone thought it was hilarious when they twigged it was them. It was very funny — William as a white van man,’ says a local.
Why did Ashraf Islam - aka Mark David Townley - walk into a police station and announce he planned to kill Prince Harry?
Oliver Cromwell he 'aint.
A Northern Irish conman named Mark David Townley, who changed his named to Ashraf Islam after converting to the Islamic faith, has pleaded guilty to planning to kill Prince Harry - after walking into a police station and announcing his plans back in May, just days after the murder of a serviceman on the street in London shocked the world.
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Prosecutor Lynne Townley told Isleworth Crown Court in London, "On May 23, at Hounslow police station, Ashraf Islam made a threat... that he was going to kill another person, that was namely Prince Harry... He said he'd been watching the Horse Guards Parade and planned to disarm an officer while disguised as a tourist, rather than bringing a gun into London. He spent some 10 days in Thailand researching Prince Harry and his whereabouts."
Why shouldn't Harry Styles and the 1D boys record a song referencing Lady Di? They probably have a clearer idea of what it was like to be her than anyone else on the planet this minute
Many will snort with derision at the news that boyband du jour One Direction (1D), appear to reference Princess Diana in their new song, Diana, which leaked onto the internet at the weekend.
Although the majority of the song is a traditional boyband ballad of unrequited love, the references to the tragic princess are there from the beginning, most obviously with the title and the song’s opening line: “The front pages of your pictures / They make you look so small…Diana…”
What could a bunch of (admittedly very famous) teenagers know about the anguish of Lady Di, the naysayers will ask? Are they seriously comparing themselves to the most famous woman of all time? How dare they!
William’s two guard dogs were euthanized after he left army. It’s not his fault, but it’s terrible timing for a royal trying to paint himself as a friend to animals—especially one who shoots pheasants.
The British papers must have made uncomfortable reading for Prince William in recent days.
First of all the new dad was pilloried for announcing that he would be taking a year off work, apparently to decide whether or not he is ready to become a full-time working royal. During this period, we are told, the prince will devote more of his time to supporting the Queen (presumably carrying out more official functions and possibly undertaking a royal tour) and also working with his new environmental charity.
Kate Middleton and Prince William carry the spoils after a pheasant shoot in Windsor on December 18, 2007. (Rex)
To ram home the seriousness of his new mission, and deflect criticism that he was taking a "gap year" or slipping into a life of work-free dilettantism, William granted a rare interview and unprecedented access for an hour-long documentary, New Hope, New Father. The film goes so far as to show the prince weeping (who knows what Prince Philip would have made of that display) as he watched footage of a poached rhino being butchered. He was also shown in the film, which aired on Sunday night, talking at length about how fatherhood has made him even more concerned about the fate of the globe’s wildlife. The message was clear.
Today, Prince Charles becomes the oldest heir to the throne in history
Although old age is definitely better than the alternative, today marks a grim milestone for Prince Charles – for on this day, he officially becomes the oldest heir in British history, surpassing the record of King William IV who acceded to the throne in 1830 after his brother, George IV died without any children.
Chaz will be 65 in November, which is a long time to wait for a job you have been told you will have since the age of three, which is when he became heir apparent.
The British website Royal Central spotted the unhappy anniversary, and also points out, “Queen Elizabeth II, the Prince of Wales’s mother, is already the oldest Monarch in British history and looks to still be going strong at the age of 87, well in line to overtake Queen Victoria in 2015 to become the longest reigning Monarch ever in British history.”
Prince Charles is known to be worried about ‘running out of time’ and today's significance is unlikely to pass him by.
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.