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The Royal Family, the House of Windsor, in the news and on a horse
PRINCE Harry’s is dating Cressida BONAS. * (Her name must forever be capitalised.) La Bonas’s mother is Lady Mary Curzon, a siren of the Swinging Sixties with five children by three of her four husbands. She might be the Carol Jackson of high society.
AWARD-winning author Hilary Mantel says the Royal Family pick a brood mare the same way a Scientology star picks a wife. They like an easy-wipe surface. Whilst Mantel was comparing Kate Middleton to a dead-eyed mannequin, the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, for it is she, was getting back to work after her Caribbean getaway. At Hope House, she waved, looked interested, waved, shook hands, waved, waved some more and then left to a magical faraway land where the paparazzi don’t exist and everything tastes of furniture polish.
DOES the Daily Mail’s Quentin Letts read his own paper? Appearing on a This Morning chat about Kate Middlton’s pregnanct tum-tum, and Chi magazine’s photos of it wearing a bikini in the Caribbean, Letts opened that the magazione might be called “Cheap:. The Mail had already called it “tawdry“. Would this be the same Mail that pervs at underage girls and publishes paparazzi photographs of pregnant women in bikinis?
I think it might be…
PS – This Morning then duly flashed up the photos of Kate in her bikini. Letts did not storm off.
PSSST! Want to see photos of Kate Middleton on holiday in Mustique? Well, then you’ll have to buy a copy of Italy’s Chimagazine, which has published the shots of the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge. The British need to make do with the Daily Mail’s news that said photos have been met with “Royal fury”.
Louise Eccles and Rebecca English poor scorn on that “tawdry” foreign rag. How very dare it cause our British Princess anguish the sticky fingers of a long lens. Meanwhile, on other Mail pages you can read:
Jenny Frost shows off her growing curves in bikini as she talks fans through her pregnancy – 10/10/2012
Revealing Victoria’s Secrets! Doutzen Kroes shows off her fabulous post-pregnancy figure in daring black bikini – 16/02/2012
Making waves! Megan Fox shows off pre-pregnancy body in tiny black bikini – 30/11/2012
Glowing Myleene Klass shows her pregnancy curves in all their glory in a white bikini – 07/11/2010
Pregnant Tori Spelling shows off her growing baby bump in a bikini… and a new tattoo tribute to husband Dean – 04/05/2011
Bumpin’ in Barbados! Coleen Rooney shows off her pregnancy curves as she soaks up the sunshine with son Kai – 06/02/2013
Baby on board! Jessica Simpson’s best friend CaCee Cobb shows off her bump in string bikini – 02/02/2013
PRINCE Harry is the gift that keeps on giving. In this photo,Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, is pictured with fellow air crew in the DFAC (Dining Facility), at Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he has been serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps.
Harry is ready for his photoshop. The chap behind is wearing the look of a man who has already created the “Harry Sucking On Things” meme site…
WHO asked Prince Harry if he had killed anyone? We don’t know. But he has done. Harry says he took enemy fighters “out of the game”.
Harry’s returned from work as a co-pilot helicopter gunner in Afghanistan. Has tells media:
“Yeah, so lots of people have…The squadron’s been out here. Everyone’s fired a certain amount. Take a life to save a life. That’s what we revolve around, I suppose. If there’s people trying to do bad stuff to our guys, then we’ll take them out of the game, I suppose.”
FACE of the day: Princess Beatrice peers through a giant credit card as she visits e-commerce company ‘Zalando in Berlin with her sister Princess Eugenie, during their first joint overseas engagement. The royal sisters will travel to Germany for a two-day tour promoting the UK as part of the Great Campaign – a global initiative to attract visitors, business and students to the UK.
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THE Duchess of Cambridge says her first official portrait is “amazing”. The Mona KAte is the work of Paul Emsley. He was told by Kate:
“It’s just amazing, I thought it was brilliant.”
Has Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, taken the showbiz shilling and given an interview with OK!, bastion of journalist excellence? No. This is OK!, the mag that had Jack Tweed enact a photoshoot with Jade Goody’s ghost and which told us in its last issue:
In our 2011 Christmas edition of OK! magazine, we published an article, advertised on the front cover, accompanied by what many readers thought was a picture of Katie [Price], Peter Andre and her children which stated that she had given us an interview telling us that she would be reuniting with her ex-husband at Christmas.
In fact, Katie never gave us an interview or stated that she would be reuniting with Peter at Christmas and the picture was in fact a picture of Peter and the children (which he had posed for), which we ran together with a picture of Katie.
Vogue: “Katepedia: A Study In Royal Style”
To celebrate the style evolution of a modern royal icon, this month Vogue, with writer Lisa Armstrong, set itself the task of analysing her every outfit, shoe and accessory to divine the vital statistics of Kate’s style…
“Both she and William share a genius from coming across as down-to-earth – with just enough glamour for them not to look like the Dutch royals,” writes Armstrong. “It’s the same knack that enables Kate to wear a high-fashion dress from Jonathan Saunders or McQueen, with her beloved courts and make millions of other women feel they could wear it too.”
But they don’t wear it, too. Read more on the over-hyped Kate Effect here.
For all this – and her role in the stratospheric increase in sales of sheer tights – see our February issue, on sale nationwide from Wednesday January 9.
Kate’s like one of World War 2 GIs with her fancy stockings.
One writer peeks:
It said that as long as she sufficiently recovered from the severe morning sickness that resulted in her hospitalisation last month, she could be expected to wear raised waists that “accommodate, rather than flaunt” her growing bump and that her look would need to be tweaked rather than overhauled.
KATE Middleton Pregnancy Watch – Day 29 of the Duchess of Cambridge’s womb news: Diana, Bond and lavender biscuits on ice:
THIS year, Her Majesty The Queen’s Christmas Speech will be a “lecture”.
As the ‘RTÉ TV Guide states:
KATE Middleton Pregnancy Watch: The Duchess of Cambridge is a bag lady:
National Ledger: “Kate Middleton is pregnant and many are celebrating including those in the fashion world.”
To celebrate the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy, Gucci has made an exclusive bag for Duchess Catherine.
The Italian fashion house has created the Catherine Bag for the 30-year-old royal, following the announcement she is expecting her first child with husband Prince William .
Guccio Gucci, grandson of Gucci founder Guccio Gucci, says the bag is completely handmade and hand-sewn, and “was inspired by Kate’s delicate features and immense charm”.
They made a leather bag because it looked like Kate’s face. So leathery is Kate what when she opens her mouth you don’t know whether to listen or toss your keys in…
Daily Mail: “Royal nurse who answered hoax call about Duchess of Cambridge had attempted to kill herself twice before
Jacintha Saldanha made two attempts to kill herself last winter”
The nurse took an overdose during visit to India
She survived but tried to jump from a building nine days later
Those facts soon become:
Nurse Jacintha Saldanha… is believed to have tried to commit suicide twice previously.
IS Her Majesty the Queen leaving Prince Philip?
Germaine Greer, Brisbane Times: “Kate’s condition can kill, it’s no joke”
ON March 31, 1855, Charlotte Bronte died. She was 38 years old, married a mere nine months and she was pregnant. What killed her was probably the same disorder that is now afflicting the Duchess of Cambridge.
KATE Middleton Pregnancy Watch: the Duchess of Cambridge in the news – day 17:
The BBC Sports Personality of the Year
US Weekly: “Pregnant Kate Middleton Feeling “Very Well” After Second Bout of Acute Morning Sickness”
“A decision wasn’t made until the very last minute due to Catherine’s health,” a source told Us Weekly of Middleton’s attendance. “She doesn’t feel well enough to carry out a lengthy engagement but was determined to pay tribute to [Team GB sportsmen and women].”
KATE Middleton Pregnancy Watch: Day 15 of The Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy in the news:
Tonight Kate presented the BBC Spots Personality of the Year award to Bradley Wiggins. David Beckham failed to win with his impression of John Inman.
Courier Mail: “Royal couple William and Kate ‘to be strict parents'”
The late Princess Diana’s hairdresser and confidant Richard Dalton believes the royal couple will be keeping things low-key when the baby arrives.
“William was brought up to work hard and respect others, so I don’t envisage him or Kate allowing their child to be spoilt – far from it!” he assured British magazine new!
“I should think they’ll both be quite strict.”
KATE Middleton Pregnancy Watch – Day 14 of the Duchess of Cambridge womb news round-up:
Parade: “Kate’s Pregnancy: Why Are We So Obsessed?”
Because it sells magazines?
What of Jacintha Saldanha?
Kate Middleton Pregnancy Watch: Jacintha Saldanha, suicide notes, death threats and prestigious imitation
The front pages:
Daily Mirror: “HOAX NURSE ANGER AT HOSPITAL IN SUICIDE NOTE”
The Guardian: “Hoax call victim left suicide note criticising hospital staff”
The 3 suicide notes
A source close to Jacintha’s family said: “One of the letters, which is the longest, deals with the hospital and is critical in its tone. Needless to say, Ben wants a full inquiry into what happened, and he wants to make sure the truth comes out. Within the letter Jacintha calls into question some of the treatment she received at the hospital.”
IN photos: Queen Elizabeth II tours the gold vault during her visit to the Bank of England in central London. You should see her basement…
This will be the most scrutinised, most photographed, most copied pregnancy the world has ever seen.
So says Ostler, who has column to fill in the Daily Mail.
In this celebrity-obsessed, internet age, it is certain that every decision mother-to-be Kate makes until her baby’s birth will prove to be a trend-setting one — analysed and imitated across the globe.