Royal Round-Up

Harry's Rickshaw Ride

Royal Round-Up:Phone Hacking, Harry's Rickshaw Ride, Eva/Charles Friendship and Kate's Dress

Sunday Express: The discovery that Kate and William’s inner circle had not betrayed them but that stories were appearing in newspapers because their phones were being hacked has “restored their faith in human nature”, reveals friend and ITN political editor Tom Bradby.

Bradby, who conducted the first television interview with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their engagement in November 2010, spoke about the hacking scandal in an interview in the Sunday Express S magazine.

Bradby, whose wife Claudia, a jewelery designer, is friends with Kate, alerted William to the possibility his phone was being hacked in 2005 after the News Of The World ran a story about him lending editing equipment to the Prince. The discovery prompted a police investigation which led to the imprisonment of the paper’s royal editor Clive Goodman and the private investigator Glenn Mulcaire.

Bradby says both princes had been “in the business of constant mistrust”, obsessing “endlessly” about who was leaking stories.

“It was the real bane of their lives,” he said. “Since then it’s all stopped and they’ve realised that their friends, and even casual acquaintances, are not betraying them and I think it’s made a huge difference to their lives.

“In fact people, if anything, put up a protective shield around them and I think that’s been great for them. I think they found that very heartening and I think in some respect it’s helped restore their faith in human nature.”

The Sun: Harry took a rickshaw across London on Friday night after partying the night away with the sons of two controversial military figures. The Prince, 27, spent Friday night out in Soho, dining at Mexican restaurant, La Bodega Negra, which shares the same entrance as an adult shop with Jack Mann and Arthur Landon. Mr Landon, 30, has a fortune estimated at £500 million inherited from his father, Brigadier Tim Landon, an adventurer and arms dealer known as the “White Sultan” for his dealings in the Middle East.

Capt Mann, 27, is the son of the mercenary Simon Mann, the architect of the failed “Wonga” coup, who was jailed for his involvement in a plan to overthrow the president of Equatorial Guinea.

The rickshaw ride cost ten quid.

The Mail on Sunday: Tragic Eva Rausing was a guest at Sandringham and close friend of Prince Charles, who had ‘paternal’ feelings towards her. ‘She didn’t need to be feted and clearly was not interested in any honours. To be frank, he was touched, and he became genuinely fond of her. I recall him walking her round the garden and chuckling at her observations — she was always amusing company,’ says a source.

Eva’s friend, party organiser Liz Brewer says: ‘If proper action had been taken, they might have realised their problems were not going to go away and they might have been cleaned up again. Instead, all that happened was that everything was swept under the carpet.’

HuffPo: Kate Middletons wedding dress illustrates Wikipedia’s gender gap. Jimmy Wales says that when the Wikipedia page for the dress ppeared the day of the wedding, it was immediately flagged for deletion.

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"This is frankly trivial, and surely isn't notable enough to be on wikipedia. Request deletion," one commenter noted.

Huffpo says: “One of the weaknesses in Wikipedia's coverage of fashion at the moment is that there is not nearly enough coverage of specific examples. There is an analogy here with painting. There are articles on movements and schools in art, there are articles about particular artists, often illustrated by examples, and there are some articles about particular works of art. It needs to be that way - there is a need to understand that there was a Dutch fashion for painting interiors in the 17th century, or that painters were heavily influenced by Caravaggio, that there are a number of painters who are considered particularly fine or influential, but in the end it is the paintings that are the point of it all. Whether Girl with a Pearl Earring is on a par with this dress (or any other) isn't relevant there. And for goodness sake, there are hundreds or articles on characters in TV dramas, so why worry about ones on dresses? We are free to read the ones that interest us.”

At the end of the page a poll on whether Kate’s dress deserved a Wiki entry: 61% say yes.