Prince Harry is to deliver a speech at an informal UN meeting on July 18 – Nelson Mandela International Day. It’s appropriate. He was so inspired by the great African leader’s book Long Walk To Freedom that he chose Finding Freedom for his own book about him and his wife, Meghan,’s disturbing royal hardships. Is not life great?
Keith Richardstalks about his late Rolling Stones bandmate Charlie Watts in a BBC2 documentary My Life As A Rolling Stone which airs on 23 July, he says he helped the drummer kick off a heroin habit in the 1980s: ‘I told him it’s just not you. Charlie Watts did not need any stimulants. He was an impeccable conception. Bless his heart. ‘ Watts passed away last year at the age of 80.
The father of former BBC hip-hop DJ Tim Westwood (64) – currently accused of sexual misconduct but who vehemently denies any wrongdoing – was the late Bill Westwood, a former Norfolk minister who became bishop of Peterborough. ‘He actually haunted the TV studios of Anglia TV and BBC East in Norwich, ” says a local source. “Pleasant, smiling, available whenever the camera rolled, he benefited greatly from his exposure and became a regular on Radio 4’s Thoughts for The Day.”
Prince Harry (pictured while appearing in a new short film entitled ‘Transform with Mental Fitness’, for the San Francisco-based mental health company BetterUp) will give a speech at an informal UN meeting on July 18 – Nelson Mandela International Day
Tory MP and former minister David Davis (73), who appears with Kay Burley on Sky News
Penny Mordaunt, Conservative leadership candidate, addresses the media and supporters at a press conference on Wednesday to announce her bid to become the next prime minister.
Is it all too much for the former Tory MP and former minister, the Rt Hon David Davis, 73, whose over-casual appearance, is pictured while with Sky News’ always-very-well-worked Kay Burley urges Robert Hutton – a writer for The Critic magazine – to compare him to ‘a tourist who lost everything in a cruel nightclub scam’.
When Boris Johnson first proposed a new royal yacht, one of his MPs encouraged him to be ‘brave’ – Penny Mordaunt, who is now boldly trying to be his successor and named after HMS Penelope, a lightweight cruiser sunk by a German U-boat from Naples. in 1944. HM remains non-committal over the replacement of Britannia, assassinated by John Major and Chancellor Norman Lamont after criticism over taxpayer funding fire-damaged Windsor Castle’s recovery. But would not a new royal yacht funded by big business attract as many ‘exotic’ benefactors as Prince Charles’ charities?
Miriam Margolyes on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ TV Show Earlier This Month
Eccentric aActress Miriam Margolyes, who now regrets having ‘black’ for theater roles in pre-awake times, once had a signing session that cost fans £ 5 a time, but she told one of them : ‘I’m giving you a discount because you’re black. Jews and blacks, they get discounts! ‘
The Royal Collection’s annual report, which will be published this week, makes interesting reading material. HM’s extensive art collection retains the services of 141 knowledgeable staff, including 31 involved in ‘curatorial and conservation, pictures’. But there is no Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures, a position dating back to 1625 and once adorned by Sir Anthony Blunt, a Russian spy. The most recent, Desmond Shawe-Taylor, lost his job in pandemic cuts. While HM retains a Yeoman Bed Hanger and Bed Goer, Hereditary Grand Carver and Swan Marker, it seems the Royal Collection – the largest private one in the world – no longer needs a Surveyor.