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Tag: Diana

August 6, 2017

Diana’s Drive

by Matthew Steeples

Up-armoured Rolls-Royce used by the late Diana, Princess of Wales to be auctioned in Auburn, Indiana   A 1987 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur I commissioned by the British Foreign Office as part of the British Embassy vehicle pool in Washington D.C. that was used by Diana, Princess of Wales on two occasions is to be sold … Continue reading “Diana’s Drive”

July 30, 2017

Done With Diana

by Matthew Steeples

Enough is finally enough with press coverage about the late Diana, Princess of Wales   Diana, Princess of Wales has been dead twenty years. It is thus ludicrous that her family continue to have to put up with an endless barrage of articles raking over outdated nonsense about her and though it most definitely suits … Continue reading “Done With Diana”

August 19, 2015

Selina Scott

by General

Yorkshire based broadcaster turned farmer and cashmere and mohair retailer Selina Scott once declared she’d “like to steal Donald Trump’s hairpiece and bury it in the sand dunes of Aberdeenshire”.

June 19, 2015

Emily Mortimer

by General

Oxford educated actor, writer and co-creator of the comedy series Doll & Em Emily Mortimer is the daughter of the Rumpole of the Bailey creator Sir John Mortimer

August 30, 2014

Raine Spencer; Raine, Countess Spencer (AKA “Acid Raine”)

by General

This thrice married daughter of the novelist Dame Barbara Cartland was allegedly fathered by Prince George, Duke of Kent and has worked her way through five titles. Upwardly mobile, she’s been described as “larger than life” but was so unpopular with her step-children that they nicknamed her “Acid Raine”. During Mohamed Fayed’s ownership of Harrods, … Continue reading “Raine Spencer; Raine, Countess Spencer (AKA “Acid Raine”)”

March 14, 2014

Phone home Diana

by Matthew Steeples

Diana, Princess of Wales gave royal phone book to News of the World   Revelations that Diana, Princess of Wales gave a royal phone book to the News of the World royal editor, Clive Goodman, in 1992 are not surprising but provide yet more indication that the whole phone hacking trial is descending into utter … Continue reading “Phone home Diana”

September 30, 2013

Taking a Flaming Liberty

by Matthew Steeples

Inappropriately placed poster for the film ‘Diana’ should be removed   The film Diana starring Naomi Watts was deservedly criticised as “inappropriate” but now that those promoting it have placed an advertising poster for it next to the scene of her 1997 death at the Pont de l’Alma in Paris, they’ve truly sunk to a … Continue reading “Taking a Flaming Liberty”

August 14, 2013

The tackiest film of 2013

by Matthew Steeples

‘Diana’ looks set to take the title of “Clanger of the Year”   Films based on the lives of the royal family rarely work. The trailer of the latest, Diana, starring Naomi Watts proves this point perfectly.

May 16, 2013

Like father, like son

by Matthew Steeples

Proof that Prince Harry is Prince Charles’ son   It’s done the rounds for years. It’s a rumour that has failed to have been quashed and newspaper reporters have even tried to snatch pieces of his hair to test his DNA in their quest to prove it. This week, however, a photograph of Prince Harry … Continue reading “Like father, like son”

November 13, 2012

Patricia Kluge (née Rose)

by Matthew Steeples

The rise and fall of the “wealthiest divorcee in history” has been extraordinary. A former nude model for her first husband’s Knave magazine and star of adult films such as “The Nine Acres of Nakedness,” Patricia Kluge is the daughter of an Englishman and a Scots-Iraqi. She married her second husband, the late John Kluge, … Continue reading “Patricia Kluge (née Rose)”

November 6, 2012

Derek Paravicini

by Matthew Steeples

This echolaliac prodigy has absolute pitch and has been described as “the human iPod.” His abilities as a musician are amazing given that he’s both blind and autistic. The cousin of The Duchess of Cornwall’s children, Tom Parker Bowles and Laura Lopes, Paravicini unexpectedly played Big Spender to the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair … Continue reading “Derek Paravicini”

June 24, 2012

Paul Burrell RVM

by Matthew Steeples

A Royal servant turned blabbermouth. He calls himself a “noted authority on all things regal.” Is anyone listening? No, we think not.

June 19, 2012

Bruce’s best

by Matthew Steeples

Profile: Designer to the stars Bruce Oldfield OBE   Between the 26th June and 31st July, Bruce Oldfield is holding a sample sale at his Beauchamp Place showroom where he will offer a selection of couture occasion wear, wedding dresses and accessories.   Oldfield, who was brought up in the care of the children’s charity … Continue reading “Bruce’s best”

June 12, 2012

The Rt. Hon. Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia LVO (Fiona Shackleton)

by Matthew Steeples

The “Steel Magnolia” is described as having “charm and resoluteness.” The cousin of Nigella Lawson and George Monbiot is one of the country’s finest solicitors but also trained as a cordon bleu chef. Heather Mills threw a jug of water over her head at the final settlement hearing of her divorce from Sir Paul McCartney … Continue reading “The Rt. Hon. Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia LVO (Fiona Shackleton)”

June 4, 2012

Singing for a Diamond

by Matthew Steeples

Music fit for The Queen   In recent days, Gary Barlow’s albumn Sing has topped the UK album charts with sales of 40,000 copies.   Two hundred and ten musicians, including the African Children’s Choir and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Band, helped record this special tribute to The Queen. Produced by Barlow with … Continue reading “Singing for a Diamond”

May 13, 2012

Nicholas “Nick” Witchell

by Matthew Steeples

This newscaster and royal correspondent reports for the BBC daily. He’s lesser known these days for having sat on a lesbian protestor who invaded his studio in 1988 and for having written a book, The Loch Ness Story, in which he declares his belief in the existence of the creature to be “quite unshakeable.” There’s … Continue reading “Nicholas “Nick” Witchell”

April 27, 2012

Paris Hilton

by Matthew Steeples

The great granddaughter of the founder of Hilton Hotels is best known for her phrase: “That’s hot” and a sex tape but she’s the one having the last laugh. She’s only in her early 30s but already worth $100 million.

April 10, 2012

Prospering Paris

by Matthew Steeples

Profile: The genius of self-promotion that is Paris Hilton   At a dinner party last week, my guests gasped in horror when I said that I view Paris Hilton to be a genius. Their faces turned ashen and one asked if I had lost the plot. In the ensuing discussion, several described her as the … Continue reading “Prospering Paris”

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