EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Nott Cott is the pinnacle of consolation for some
Harry’s whining about cramped Nottingham Cottage being “built for little people, people of a bygone era” is contradicted beyond the grave by Sir Philip Hay, private secretary to Marina, the late Duchess of Kent. He lived there for ten years until his death in 1986, 32 years before Harry and Meghan moved into the Kensington Palace home ahead of their wedding in 2018. Sir Philip’s son Andrew, amused by Harry’s complaint, says: “My father was 6ft 4” and was perfectly happy and comfortable there, even by the standards of people today. But he had spent three and a half years as a prisoner of war on the Burma Railway, so he probably knew a little about physical and mental ailments.’
Harry’s whining about cramped Nottingham Cottage, “built for little people, people of a bygone era” is contradicted by Sir Philip Hay beyond the grave
Harry’s whining about cramped Nottingham Cottage being “built for little people, people of a bygone era” is contradicted beyond the grave by Sir Philip Hay, private secretary to Marina, the late Duchess of Kent
There were hopes that the new king would override his late mother and allow DNA testing on the alleged bones of the “princes in the tower”. The Queen refused permission to work on the bones, which were buried in Westminster Abbey, after the princes were said to have been killed by Richard III in the Tower of London. had been murdered in his application for succession. A source says King Charles, who as Prince of Wales was keen to identify Edward IV’s heirs, now wants the bones to rest in peace. “He has been told there is no way to confirm the remains, even if they are of the right age, are those of Prince Edward, 12, and Richard, 9,” the source says. “And identifying the killer would be impossible.” Will the fate of the medieval heir and his surrogate ever be known?
Pictured, Lady Victoria Hervey looks into her imaginary crystal ball and says of the Sussex marriage: “I can see it breaking down at some point. He comes back to England and it’s going to be a really messy divorce. She predicts, “Meghan will end up with a big American billionaire and just dump Harry.” Any tips for Plumpton today, Mystic Vic?
Lady Victoria Hervey, pictured, looks into her imaginary crystal ball and says of Sussex marriage: ‘I see it breaking down eventually’
One of Harry’s less damaging family revelations is that his father, Charles, keeps a teddy bear that comforted him through his traumatic years at Gordonstoun School. “It’s a pathetic object with broken arms and dangling threads,” he writes. But no mention in Spare of the king’s personal toilet seat, which apparently travels everywhere with him.
The late teen idol David Cassidy was one of Gina Lollobrigida’s conquests after she caught wind of the then 23-year-old’s nickname, Donkey. “She was about twice my age but very attractive,” Cassidy wrote in his memoir. “When we first met, she looked me up and down and said, ‘I hear you’re a monster. I want to meet the monster. Well, I decided there was no point in just holstering it all the time if I had it,” he mused.
Evergreen entertainer Jess Conrad, 86, recalls doing cocaine before a matinee performance of the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk, in which he played Jack. “I was right on two and eight, but I hoped it would have eased off by the time I got to the theatre,” he recalls. “But instead of the giant chasing me, I chased the giant up the beanstalk.” Happy daze!