Prince Charles has agreed a secret out-of-court settlement with a former butler who claimed he was unfairly dismissed, reports the Daily Mail.
Under-butler Grant Harrold claimed he was forced to quit his £24,000-a-year job looking after Charles and Camilla last year. He refused to go to work for them at Clarence House, their official residence in London, after claiming he suffered panic was said, caused him to suffer panic attacks when he was in a big city.
Mr Harrold told the Mail that while he could not discuss details of the case, he wanted to make clear that he had the highest regard for Charles and Camilla personally.
Since the conclusion of his action against the royal household he has started his own business, Nicholas Veitch, which organises fine dining events, etiquette dinners and butlering tuition.
New movie does not yet have release date
Naomi Watts, the star of a new film about the last years of the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, has said she hopes the new movie, which does not yet have a release date, will not upset Princes William and Harry.
"Is it going to open it all up again? We’re certainly not trying to upset the boys, though they’re men now," she told the Daily Mail referring to Princes William and Harry. "I hope they’re OK with it."
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"Diana" - the film was originally title 'Caught in Flight' - focuses not he last two years of the Princesses life, and, in particular, her affair with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan. In many ways they were the most 'showbiz' years of her life, as, freed from royal protocol by her divorce to Charles, she went out of her way to promote herself in the service of her charitable endeavors, particularly the anti-landmine campaign.
Queen's landrover on the block
Fantatsic news for classic automobile-loving Royalists - the Queen's old landrover is up for sale.
Toothless body declines to make a call on publication of Harry pics in the Sun
They were the naked pictures of Prince Harry that went around the world in a matter of hours on the internet – but that the once-fearless British press were too frightened to publish.
Even the soaraway Sun initially printed a mock-up of the photograph on its front page before folding to public pressure and finally running the Harry photo a few days later – under the headline ‘Heir it is”.
Now the UK’s Press Complaints Commission (PCC), the U.K’s famously toothless self-regulatory press watchdog, has issued fresh guidance on using photos posted on social media – and its just as out of date, vague and jargon-filled as long-time fans of the PCC would expect.
The PCC said the publication of the shot of the Prince partying hard in Vegas "raised an issue that has been growing in importance with the increasing use of social media as a means of communication by the general public and as a journalistic tool," and said they would produce guidance designed to provide practical advice to editors and journalists "when considering whether or not to publish material that has entered the public domain."
Carrie Reichert claims she is writing a book
Just when Harry thought it was safe to come back from the war, a former model who claims she was one of Harry's Vegas party pals on the night of the infamous game of strip billiards has said she is planning to write a book about her night with Harry - and she says she has more unseen photographs of the boozy Vegas Royal rager.
Celebuzz is reporting that Carrie Reichert, a former beautician from San Diego, is planning to write a “steamy” account of her 20 minutes alone with the prince in his hotel bedroom.
“Carrie’s journal is being turned into a book and it will answer the question once and for all: did she have sex with the prince,” Celbuzz reports an insider saying. “The book will blow the lid off exactly what happened.”
Reichert, who says she is 32, but, according to police records, is 40, told British tabloid The People: “We kissed, he was naked at the time and pretty open. It was a drunken fumble. It wasn’t romantic, just fun. He was a gentleman, but he was so wasted. The alcohol affected him. I was there for 15 to 20 minutes.”
Deborah Mitchell in NYC today
Kate Middleton’s favorite beautician, Deborah Mitchell, is in New York today, launching her ‘Black Label Bee Venom Mask’ at fancypants uptown apothecary Clyde's on Madison Avenue.
The mask – made by using venom extracted from bee stings (no bees are harmed in the process, Mitchell asserts) - was made famous when it emerged before the Royal Wedding that Kate was treating her skin with the $350-a-pot mask, on the recommendation of her step mother-in-law, Camilla Parker Bowles, who had been a Mitchell fan for many years.
It is sold under Mitchell’s beauty product brand name, Heaven Skincare.
Like all those who work with and around the royals, Mitchell seems permanently tortured by what she can and can’t say when the subject of her most famous customer comes up in a chat with the Royalist.
Charles was a 'loyal friend', Bishop said
The UK’s spiraling child-abuse scandal has already reached Prince Charles once – he was a good friend of the children’s TV presenter Jimmy Savile who was hailed as an eccentric saint in his lifetime but has been unmasked as a predatory paedophile in death - and now the prince’s judgment is being called into question again, after it emerged that a retired Church of England bishop arrested yesterday by police investigating historic allegations of child sex abuse was given a free house to live in by Charles after the bishop resinged in disgrace having received a police caution for committing acts of gross indecency against a 17-year old trainee monk.
Sussex police arrested the 80 year-old Rt Rev Peter Ball, former bishop Gloucester, on Tuesday morning on suspicion of eight sex offences against eight boys and young men in the late Eighties and Nineties, after carrying out a "comprehensive and painstaking" analysis of internal church files “relating to certain child safeguarding issues within the Chichester diocese from between 20 and 25 years ago", the Guardian reported.
Ball was created bishop of Gloucester in 1991 at a ceremony attended by Prince Charles. But in 1993, Ball resigned in disgrace after receiving a police caution for committing an act of ‘gross indecency’ against a teenage trainee monk. The young man involved, Neil Todd, spoke out about Ball’s ‘mental, sexual and physical' abuse on the BBC in May.
Cheeky japes on tour
Royal prankster Prince Harry is taking his cheeky ways on tour in Afghanistan, by signing his fellow soldiers up to 'cougar' dating websites without their permission.
The 28 year-old is reportedly having some fun with his comrades as they continue the difficult work in the war-torn country and is keep up morale with a string of pranks.
“Harry’s good at keeping up morale and loves a prank,” an insider told The Sun.
“He’s signed up at least two pals in his camp for dating sites – and it’s cracking up the other lads going through the replies they’ve been getting.”
Charles is 64 today
What do you give the prince who has everything?
A hobbit seems like a fair bet.
That's what 'Lord of the Rings' director Peter Jackson gave Prince Charles today as he celebrated his 64th birthday in New Zealand.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales is handed a birthday card as he meets Mark Hadlow who plays Dori in the new 'Hobbit' film (Mark Mitchell / Getty Images)
Man was arrested yesterday
The pensioner who was grabbed by New Zealand police yesterday as he prepared to attack Charles and Camilla intended to coat them with horse manure he had watered down to be 'like a porridge' he told a court yesterday.
Castislav Bracanov, 76, appeared before Auckland city's district court last night where he was released on bail and ordered not to go within 500 yards of the couple.
Bracanov said he was protesting against people born into privilege.
"I went to get a bag of horse manure and I make it liquid, like a porridge, and then ... bam!" the Sun reported that he said in court, while making a throwing motion with his arms.
What with Prince Harry being off in Afghanistan, it feels like a long time since we have seen much of Britain's cheekiest royal.
So three cheers for this new youtube vid showing a Prince Harry look-vaguely-alike rapping about his Vegas party going.
In the song, based on the theme tune for The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Harry stand-in Roddy Walker raps: "Now this is a story all about me, the fresh ginger prince of English royalty...Them b*tches really got me into trouble with my gran, and now I've got to go fight some war in Afghanistan."
Give a girl a break
A rather unpleasant rubbing of hands in today's Daily Telegraph, reporting that sales of Pippa Middleton's party-planning book Celebrate are "as flat as last night's champers". Martin Chilton writes:
The book was 177th on the Amazon best-selling book list this morning, despite a massive publicity campaign and a £400,000 advance paid by publishers Penguin to the author and a discounted cover price, down from £25 to £12.50. The book sold just over 2000 copies in its first week, and sits below Peppa Pig's Christmas Wish in the list of top-selling books in the UK. Ah, Peppa beats Pippa.
There's even worse news from Amazon's list for north America, where the 416-page book was today Number 303 in the book charts.
What he neglects to mention, however, is that the Amazon book charts are not reflective of longer term trends. He also doesn't mention that Celebrate is #7 on the current New York Times sought-after 'hardback advice and miscellaneous' chart.
We say, well done Pippa. You're offically a New York Times bestseller, girl.
It’s supposed to be the most secure Royal prison in the land, home to the crown jewels and reserved for the most heinous traitors in the land.
So questions are being asked as to how a trespasser managed to break into the Tower of London at night – and steal a bunch of keys including the ones used to unlock the Tower’s drawbridges.
Police have said that the Crown Jewels were never at risk of being stolen.
A spokesman for Historic Royal Palaces, which runs the Tower, told the Sun: “A staff disciplinary procedure is under way.”
Drama in New Zealand
The Royal tour down under is approaching its end, and there has been a dramatic turn of events today as police in New Zealand arrested a man on suspicion of planning to attack Charles and Camilla.
The man was believed to have been armed with an unidentified item, according to New Zealand state broadcaster TVNZ.
"A 74-year-old was arrested for preparing to commit an assault before the arrival of the royal couple," a police officer told Fairfax Media. The unnamed man got "nowhere near" the royal couple and is expected to appear at Auckland District Court tomorrow.
Updated at 13:43 GMT with official comment: "The intention is that The Duchess will be known as Princess Consort at the time of succession. However, as we’ve always said it is a decision to be taken at the time, whenever in the future that might be."
Prince Charles has dramatically abandoned his long-held ambition for his second wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, to be crowned Queen when he ascends to the throne, the Royalist can reveal.
And he has done so in the most callous fashion - by including an apparenty innocuous entry to that effect on his newly redesigned website's Frequently Asked Questions.
I know. It makes being dumped by text look positively gracious.
The turn around is stunning because for several years, Prince Charles has made no secret of the fact to his trusted inner circle, that he wanted his second wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles, to be crowned Queen of England when he finally ascends to the throne.
Sixty years and hardly a slip.