EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Princess Beatrice creates a buzz for a new queen – as she unveils a beehive at the alma mater of her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
Prince Andrew reportedly wants his girls to be given more royal duties — and Princess Beatrice is already carrying out an increasing number of engagements.
The latest, I can disclose, was a visit to the Dragon School in Oxford, alma mater of her property developer husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, to mark the Platinum Jubilee of her grandmother, the Queen.
Headmistress Emma Goldsmith, says: ‘The Princess kindly unveiled a new bee hive which will house a new queen bee and her colony.’
Princess Beatrice, pictured right, yesterday visited her husband’s alma mater Dragon School in Oxford as part of the celebrations of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. She unveiled a new bee hive
She visited the Dragon School in Oxford, alma mater of her property developer husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, to mark the Platinum Jubilee of her grandmother, the Queen
While still in her 20s, she became producer of BBC’s Panorama and the Tories’ youngest female parliamentary candidate. Later, she bred horses, wrote books, directed films, chaired the world’s most famous literary festival and, in her 80s, joined forces with Steven Spielberg to create the big-screen version of War Horse. But, sadly, the seemingly inexhaustible Revel Guest has died, aged 90, at home in Hay-on-Wye. It was there that Revel hosted the parties that helped define the town’s literary festival — inspired, she said, by her name. ‘I hope to live up to it, although I was actually named after an ancestor who was a defrocked priest.’
Axing of Lloyd Webber show robbed star of dream home
When Andrew Lloyd Webber was booed by the audience of his West End musical Cinderella on Sunday, for branding the show a ‘costly mistake’, Georgina Castle could have been forgiven if she’d joined the chorus of jeers.
For the 29-year-old actress, who played a wicked stepsister, has revealed that her dream of owning a home was shattered by the impresario’s sudden closure of the show.
‘When we found out, it was a complete shock,’ she tells me. ‘I was booked until May 2023 and, after Covid, that felt good for stability.
Georgina Castle, pictured right, had been booked to play the show until May 2023 and had sought a mortgage to buy her dream home. But then the decision was made to cancel the musical, leaving all of the performers facing an uncertain future
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‘I was trying my best to buy a flat and had the mortgage all in place, but they [the mortgage lender] found out that Cinderella had closed from the news. So they said: ‘We can’t go ahead.’ I felt c**p then, but you’ve got to turn it around. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that something else comes up.’
The daughter of BBC Wimbledon commentator Andrew Castle was so determined to fulfil her obligations that, as I reported last week, she appeared in the show’s final performances despite dislodging two ribs the previous week.
Cinderella finished on Sunday night — less than a year after it opened — having suffered a number of Covid‑related setbacks. Lord Lloyd-Webber came under fire last month after the cast and crew were gathered for a meeting and told the show would be cancelled after racking up ‘unsustainable’ losses. But some cast members claimed they only found out through social media.
On stage at Sunday night’s show, director Laurence Connor read out a letter from the composer. But mention of his name provoked boos. Later, Lloyd Webber said: ‘I am devastated to have been reported to have said that my beloved production of Cinderella was a ‘costly mistake’. Nothing could be further from the truth and I am very sorry if my words have been misunderstood. I am incredibly proud of Cinderella and everyone who has been involved.’
A spokesman for his The Really Useful Group added: ‘The reference to a ‘costly mistake’ . . . [referred to] the myriad challenges faced because of the Covid‑19 pandemic.’
Julia Bradbury proudly put on a bikini earlier this year after undergoing reconstruction surgery following breast cancer. And the TV presenter is determined to slip on her swimwear as often as possible. ‘I’m ready to wear a bikini again,’ she tells me at the first night of The Car Man at the Royal Albert Hall. ‘I’m grabbing every day.’
On coping after her double mastectomy, she says: ‘I didn’t know what clothes I could wear again. I questioned my femininity and identity as a woman.’
Brief encounters with a dapper shopping bill
In Love Actually, he stole every scene as ageing rock star Billy Mack, and Bill Nighy is just as captivating to his fans in real life.
Distinctive in his trademark heavy-rimmed spectacles, the actor, 72, was spotted while out shopping in London’s Marylebone. He was soon surrounded by a group of adoring women of a certain age as he headed into a bookshop. ‘People are perfectly gracious,’ he has said of his fans in the past.
Nighy, who has a daughter with Brideshead Revisited star Diana Quick, has been photographed enjoying romantic meals in London, Rome and Paris with Vogue supremo Anna Wintour, although both have remained tight-lipped about their friendship.
In Love Actually, he stole every scene as ageing rock star Billy Mack, and Bill Nighy is just as captivating to his fans in real life
Distinctive in his trademark heavy-rimmed spectacles, the actor, 72, was spotted while out shopping in London’s Marylebone
Writer Petronella Wyatt, whose father Lord (Woodrow) Wyatt was one of the Queen Mother’s closest confidants, believes the monarchy will struggle to outlast the Queen. ‘Was the Jubilee a fond farewell to the monarchy?’ asks Petronella. ‘The Queen’s heirs can’t hold it together. Charles thinks he’s leader of the Opposition, William is petulant and their family petty squabbles are in the papers almost daily. This would not have happened on Prince Philip’s watch.’
Emma fashions her own sense of style
Dame Emma Thompson accepts she’s never going to be viewed as a fashion icon.
‘At my first Oscars, a fashion reporter said, as I passed along the red carpet: ‘God love her, she always looks so dowdy in anything.’ And I’d made an effort!
‘I wore that as a badge of honour.’
The double Oscar winner, who is married to former Strictly star Greg Wise, says she’s come to terms with her ‘painful’ divorce from her first husband, Sir Kenneth Branagh.
‘I don’t feel anger or depression about it now. Yes, it was painful. But it happens a lot. Sometimes things go wrong and it doesn’t last, and that seems perfectly reasonable to me.’
Dame Emma Thompson accepts she’s never going to be viewed as a fashion icon
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