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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).

Don't You Know Who I Am?

Prince Andrew and The Security Farce At Buckingham Palace

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.

sporty Spice

Pippa's Crush on Her Sports Coach

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' .


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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:

Lashing Out

Lady Pamela Hicks on "spiteful" Diana

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."


Lobbying Row

Guardian Defends Prince Charles Shock

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.

Bogdanor writes:

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.

What's In A Name?

Cressida Bonas And Her Oddly Named Family

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.

It's cold out there

Harry Begins his Walking With The Wounded Training

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.

They Call It Football

First Ever Soccer Game at Buckingham Palace

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.”


Prince George Meets Diana's Family

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.


Is Pippa Middleton Secretly Engaged?

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:

To Catch a King

How Kate Plotted to Catch Her Prince

Kate engineered her education to make sure she attended the same university as William.

Rumors have long circulated that Kate Middleton’s pursuit of Prince William was a more calculated affair than it might first have appeared, and a new book by the always well-informed Katie Nicholl has some intriguing new details to back up those claims.

For Nicholl, a royal correspondent for The Mail on Sunday who also writes for Vanity Fair, says in her new book, Kate: The Future Queen, that far from being a mere coincidence, Kate deliberately plotted to attend St Andrews University at the same time as the prince.

Jasper Selwyn, a career adviser at Kate’s former school, Marlborough College, and Joan Gall, her house tutor, confirm in the book that her first choice was not St Andrews at all, but Edinburgh. After William’s own choice of university was made public, Kate turned down the place she had been offered at Edinburgh and took a year out, reapplying for St Andrews, a far inferior university, so that she could be not just at the same college as William, but also in the same year.

The book also tells how, in 2009, Carole spoke to William, asking him if he did indeed intend on marrying her daughter, and he assured her that he did.

Guy Pelly, who has been asked to be Prince George’s godfather, releases raunchy video with lesbian sex scenes to promote his new posh nightclub.

He already has his naughty uncle Prince Harry to take him out partying, but should Prince George need another spiritual guide through the chaos and lithe young things that make up London nightlife, it’s good to hear that William’s pal Guy Pelly has been asked to be godfather to the infant Prince.

Pink-cheeked Pelly, a posh nightclub promoter, is something of a legend in London society circles for his magical ability to combine outrageous behavior with unlimited reserves of charm. His ability to renounce the devil and all his works remains in question, however.


Guy Pelly (Dave M. Benett / Getty Images)

Pelly, a pal of both Harry and William, was best known professionally for his former nightclub Public which was a firm favorite of the young royals until it was shut down last year.


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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