EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Emily Maitlis reveals she was told by a friend of King Charles ‘Don’t worry you won’t be put in the Tower,’ over infamous Prince Andrew interview
Does Emily Maitlis suspect King Charles wasn’t surprised when his brother Andrew’s royal career was ended by her Newsnight interview with him? Whispers Emily: ‘A good friend of Charles said, ‘Don’t worry, you won’t be put in the Tower’. I think they may have thought I had done what had to be done.’ Deep waters.
The description on the Queen’s death certificate that she died of old age has been queried by Manchester pathologist Dr Anthony Barson, who describes it as ‘either an admission of ignorance or a means of keeping a known fatal condition private’.
‘We’re left wondering why the Queen did not die sooner or live longer,’ he claims. ‘If the cause of death is genuinely unknown, then a death from an unnatural cause cannot be excluded. The matter should be referred to a coroner.’
Does Emily Maitlis suspect King Charles wasn’t surprised when his brother Andrew’s royal career was ended by her Newsnight interview with him? Whispers Emily: ‘A good friend of Charles said, ‘Don’t worry, you won’t be put in the Tower’
So much for the ‘cleverest boy at Eton’ tag. Kwasi Kwarteng tells LBC listeners that the monarchy has ‘got the Civil List’, a deal dating back to George III’s reign. As Chancellor, he is one of the three Royal Trustees responsible for the monarch’s finances and should have known that fellow Old Etonian David Cameron scrapped the Civil List in 2011 and came up with the Sovereign Grant instead. Pegged to Crown Estate revenues rather than a fixed rate, it has also proved very much more lucrative for the royals. Meddle with that at your peril, Kwasi!
‘I was lucky enough to meet this man, drink with this man AND work with this man!’ gushes Florence, pictured
Did Florence Pugh have a narrow escape from priapic John le Carré? Aged 21 and filming his thriller The Little Drummer Girl in Prague, she became smitten with le Carré – whose elderly sexual athleticism is revealed in a mistress’s memoir, The Secret Heart.
‘I was lucky enough to meet this man, drink with this man AND work with this man!’ gushes Florence, pictured.
Despite the 65-year age gap, she describes the friendship with le Carré, who died in 2020, as ‘magical’, adding: ‘My heart hurts that I won’t get to gaze and listen to this incredible man talk and talk into early hours… and wait for him to erupt into large naughty cackles again.’ Let’s hope cackling was as far as the old goat got.
Hoofer Anton Du Beke tells the Henley Literary Festival that ballroom dancing should be as respected as ballet, adding: ‘If we wore tights and a tutu, we would be performing art.’ But would the BBC risk showing Ann Widdecombe and John Sergeant in costume before the watershed?
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