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Inside Middleton's Marshmallows

James Middelton lifts the lid on his marshmallow empire

There's a rather good interview with James Middleton in the London Evening Standard today, which focuses on his new business manufacturing marshmallows printed with people's Instagrams, but interviewer Charlotte Edwardes does get in a few personal questions at the end - in the course of which James, 26, reveals he doesn't know if his girlfriend Donna Air is 33 or 34.

He says about the mail-order marshmallow company, which is named 'Boomf' for the noise a marshmallow makes when it hits your doormat, “Nobody’s ever seen this before. There have been some wonderful comments back from people — like, ‘the internet is now complete’. It takes all the sophisticated things that the internet is now doing and turns it into something as simple as a marshmallow.”

Edwardes relates a story that National Public Radio in America used his business for a satirical news quiz in which a panel has to decide which of three ridiculous-sounding items was true.

“They believed that Vladimir Putin’s brother Igor had come up with a pill that would stop old people smelling, rather than the idea that the Duchess of Cambridge’s brother would be Instagramming onto marshmallows,” he laughs.

Something Blue

Guest Wears Kate's Coat

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Kate and another guest wear same outfit to a society wedding over the weekend.

Well, this must have been awkward.

A wedding guest yesterday wore the same outfit to a society ceremony as another guest—and unfortunately the other guest was Kate Middleton.

The guest wore the same distinctive fringed Missoni coat—from 2010—that Kate has worn on numerous occasions.

Both were attending the wedding of Lucy Meade and Charlie Budgett in the village of Marshfield, Gloucestershire on Saturday.

Earlybird? Sutro?

George's Instagrammy New Photos

Kate and Will apply filters to new official snap

Proving they really are the ne plus ultra of modern princes and princesses, William and Kate have released a curiously Instagram-influenced picture of Prince George for his second official photo. 

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"The photographer's given it an Instagram treatment it seems," opines one photographer of the Royalist's acquaintance. "The blacks have a lot of blue in them and the highlights are yellow. Classic filter stuff."

The informal snap, shot as the couple peer through a window at Kensinton Palace with Lupo and George, was released today. The photo will provide much needed imagery for journalists over the next few weeks in advance of the royal tour of Australia.

Harry And Cressida Ski Trip Organiser Defends Holiday For 'Young Lovers"

"Young Lovers" Ski Trip Defended

Inge Solheim fights back against allegations of misjudgment ove Harry's controversial ski trip

Inge Solheim, the polar explorer who organized the controversial ski-trip to a lavish Kazakhstani resort attended by Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas, has defended the trip as an opportunity for the 'young lovers' to spend some time 'chilling out' together and denied he used his 'dear friend' Prince Harry for publicity.

Mr Solheim was moved to give an interview in his defense to the Daily Telegraph after a series of increasingly angry tweets to British Royal correspondent Rebecca English of the Daily Mail which broke much of the detail of the story yesterday, including the crucial fact that that the jolly was paid for by  by a close associate of President Nursultan Nazarbaev, Burak Oymen, a Turkish-born property developer.

The Mail further claimed that Oymen sent a private jet to London to collect Harry and Cressida, and Solheim appeared to confirm that allegation, saying that Oymen paid for the trip "because he can, and it meant we can travel more efficiently."

Solheim told the Telegraph: “The coverage of this holiday has been inaccurate, speculative and disappointing. This is a young couple, Harry and Cressie, two friends of mine, whose intentions, wholly innocent, are being questioned by people with no knowledge of the facts.

“Harry is a dear friend and if I can facilitate a visit during which he and Cressie can spend some time in private, as young lovers want to, it’s beautiful. Then it is ruined by a trashy press. The pressure Cressida is under, dealing with this kind of publicity, is absolutely terrible for a young girl in love."
 Mr Solheim defended the Prince against the allegation of misjudgement in lending his image to a country with such dubious credentials.

“Harry was on a private holiday,” he said. “He was in no way endorsing Kazakhstan’s record on human rights. If David Cameron pays an official visit to Kazakhstan is he endorsing that country’s human rights record? No. So are you telling me that Harry was doing so on a private trip?

“I have a human rights record that is impeccable. I’ve been banned from China because of my protests against the Chinese invasion of Tibet. I’ve received death threats for speaking out against certain other countries. I don’t believe you are going to bring Kazakhstan up in the world by isolating its people.”


Vacay Trouble

Harry Hearts Kazakhstan

Prince Harry's ill-advised ski trip to Kazakhstan points up the British Royal family's weakness when it comes to plutocrats

Just what is it about the British royal family and Kazakhstan?

You might have thought that Prince Harry would have learned from the opprobrium heaped on his Uncle Andrew for his highly suspect dealings with the Kazakh elite - Andrew sold his house to a Kazakh billionaire for $28.5 million, nearly $6 million over the asking price, and the house remains unoccupied and is apparently deteriorating into a near-derelict state - but no, Harry has allowed himself to be seduced by a figure close to the repressive regime for the price of a long weekend's ski-ing holiday.

For the Daily Mail confirms today what has been suspected ever since news of Harry and Cressida's Kazakh ski trip broke at the beginning of the week - that the jolly was paid for by  by a close associate of President Nursultan Nazarbaev.

Burak Oymen, the Turkish-born property developer who owns the ski resort, and who is  considered to be close to the Kazakh president is named today as the individual bankrolling the jaunt, which reportedly included use of a Kazakh government helicopter for heli-skiing.

Rats!

Royal Rodent Problem!

Are mice nibbling the Queen's priceless treasures?

Ah, Prince Philip.

Where would we be without him?

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At the fine old age of 92, the Queen's consort proved he has lost none of his ability for asking baffling questions when, on a visit to insurance house Lloyd's of London yesterday on the occasion of its 325th anniversary, the Duke expressed concern about a potential royal vermin problem.

Missing seminal milestones is the nightmare of every new parent, and it seems William and Kate may have missed Prince George's first crawl - at least thats the claim begin made by Us Weekly today.

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The magazine says that while the couple were in the Maldives earlier this month on a baby-free holiday, their eight-month-old son apparently decided to start crawling.

Although the royal couple missed this stage of George’s development, they have plenty to look forward to.

"William and Kate are excited about the many milestones ahead," a source told Us magazine. "George already has a tiny tooth coming in. And his cheeks are chubbier than ever!"

Nein!

Me? German? "Long Ago" Says Chaz

Charles minimises his German roots when jokingly challenged by member of public

Charles Windsor - who would of course be named Charles Saxe-Coburg-Gotha had not his great grandfather George V changed the family name to Windsor during the First World War - was presented with a giant pretzel yesterday and received a rare reminder of his German roots - which he distanced himself from as much as possible.

Petra Braun, a baker orignally from Stuttgart wjho ha since opened a shop in London, handed him the doughy snack, telling him: “Since you’re almost German, you might like this.”

Charles laughed and said: “That was a very long time ago,” before moving swiftly along.


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Charles burnishes his British credentials by posing next to a giant teapot (WPA Pool)

Hmm, not that long ago really.

War Games

Obama Meets Queen Maxima

Gathering of world leaders in Holland

King Willem-Alexander of Holland and his wife Queen Maxima welcomed Barack Obama and other world leaders to the royal palace in The Hague on Tuesday.

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They were gathered for a Nuclear Security Summit.

The King and Queen of Holland became monarchs after Willem-Alexander's mother, Queen Beatrix, abdicated in April last year.

Five And A Quarter Inches, To Be Exact

Clifford's Penis "Not Enormous"

Britain's most famous publicist discloses his most intimate measurement in court

Gentlemen, imagine, if you will, having your most intimate measurement read out in open court?

Well, the defence team of Britain's most famous publicist Max Clifford came out - swinging? -  today on the first day of his defence against allegations of sexual assault, homing in on contradictory accounts over the size of his penis.

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Mr Clifford, 70, denies 11 counts of indecent assault relating to seven alleged victims, aged from 14 to 20 between 1966 and 1984.

Mr Clifford's barrister Richard Horwell, QC, began his defense case by outlining the prosecution witnesses' "contradictory" evidence relating to the size of Mr Clifford's penis.

He said the evidence from the seven accusers about the size of the publicist's penis ranged from "freakishly small" to "enormous" and, as such, none could be relied upon.

The court heard that Mr Clifford's penis was in fact of an "average size".

'You Dumb Schmuck!'

Rothschild Feud Blows Up Twitter

Nat, 42-year-old scion of the Rothschild clan, launches an extraordinary Twitter attack on his former business partner, Aga Bakrie.

There was a time when the Rothschild name was a byword for discretion in the world of high finance, a convenient shorthand for a particularly British variety of snobbish chivalry.

That proud tradition, however, came to a dramatic end yesterday when Nathaniel 'Nat' Rothschild, the hot blooded 42-year-old scion of the Rothschild clan, launched an extraordinary Twitter attack on his former business partner, Aga Bakrie, the son of the chairman of the powerful Indonesian Bakrie family business group, yesterday.

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The exchange of insults came just hours after their corporate divorce – which involved the Bakrie family buying back their coal-mining interests from the husk of a disastrous joint venture company, Bumi, created with the Rothschilds in 2010 - was finalized. The new company has been renamed Asia Resource Minerals.

No, It's Not Photoshopped

Branson's Nude Kiteboarding Pal

Richard Branson today reposted the celebrated picture of him kiteboarding with naked model Denni Parkinson clinging to his back, and we saw no reason not to do the same

Sir Richard Branson recently let it be known that he has made the move to Necker Island a full-time one—and after seeing these pictures, few will be in a position to blame him.

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For here the multi-millionaire entrepreneur is pictured very much enjoying the high life as he kiteboards through the sparkling ocean waters with a nubile blonde clinging to his back.

It will have escaped the attention of few people that the lady perched on his back is naked.

Adventure Tourism

Harry And Cressida Go Skiing In Kazakhstan

Couple given use of government helicopter

Prince Harry and his girlfriend Cressida Bonas are reported today to have gone on a skiing trip to Kazakhstan earlier this month.

The couple, who are experienced skiers, flew to the exclusive resort of Shymbulak in the former Soviet state for a ‘private holiday’, with the Sun reporting that they were given use of a government helicopter to whisk them to the slopes and back.

Prince Harry and Cressida reportedly stayed in a luxury chalet in the mountains above the city of Almaty.

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Kazakhstan has a cold winter which ensures it has powdery snow until late in the season.

Why was a government chopper provided for Harry?

Harry's Girl

Cressy's Brother's Fears

Cressida'a brother speaks out

Another clue that the royal relationship might be inching forwards.

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Cressida Bonas's brother has disclosed that he fears for her safety as her romance with Prince Harry gets increasingly serious.

Cressida's half-brother Jacobi Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe (and you thought Cressida's name was silly) who works as a city investor by day and a DJ and house music producer by night, told the Evening Standard that he dislikes the media attention his sister is getting because they are a "private family".

"I'd rather the media machine didn't build around my sister," the 30-year-old said. "My only worry is making sure she is safe and she is ok and she is happy.

"I don't really think about it all except in the sense of her safety."

Vile Trade

Charles: Stop Bird Trapping

Prince Charles writes to senior Commander of British Forces in Cyprus, asking him to uproot planted avenues of non-native acacia plants which trappers use to attract birds at massive British army base

The annual tragedy of songbird trapping in Europe is about to begin, and no doubt readers of this page will be surprised as we were to learn that a significant part of this vile trade, in which songbirds like thrushes, black caps and warblers are netted in glue traps and sold in restaurants as a delicacy costing $100 a plate, takes place on land in Cyprus controlled by the British Army.

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Prince Charles gets eye to eye with another bird (Chris Jackson/Getty)

Prince Charles has now written to the senior Commander of British Forces in Cyprus, asking him to uproot the planted avenues of non-native acacia plants which trappers use to attract the birds from the massive army base.

The Prince writes in his letter, which has been seen by the Daily Mail, that the “industrial-scale killing of songbirds" could be significantly reduced if the acacia was removed by the start of the autumn migration period in September.

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