EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Will Princess Anne become Duchess of Edinburgh?

EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Will Princess Anne become Duchess of Edinburgh?

Did King Charles’ eagerness to appoint William Prince of Wales the day after the Queen’s death prompt Prince Edward to wonder when he would succeed his father Philip as Duke of Edinburgh? A source whispers that Charles may consider making Princess Anne Duchess of Edinburgh, a title last held by her mother. As a Knight of the Thistle, she already holds the highest order of chivalry in Scotland. Charles is determined to promote his sister and the late Queen’s unnecessary award of the Earldom of Forfar to Edward in 2019 hinted the dukedom was not a done deal. Could Charles give Anne Edinburgh to cement her position as the designated royal for Caledonia?

A source whispers Charles (left) may consider making Princess Anne (right) Duchess of Edinburgh, a title last held by her mother

A Channel 5 documentary on Westminster Abbey reveals that the 700-year-old Coronation Chair is being renovated in preparation for the coronation of King Charles III. “I clean the seat, which is covered in 18th and 19th century graffiti of Westminster visitors and schoolchildren,” says curator Krista Blessley. ‘There’s one who says, ‘P. Abbott slept in the chair July 5-6, 1800!

Has news of William’s reduced investiture as Prince of Wales reached the celestial paradise of the late Lord Snowdon? As the organizer of the Charles ceremony in 1969, Princess Margaret’s husband designed himself a form-fitting bottle green uniform with brass buttons and fancy frogs. Prince Philip’s verdict? “You look like Buttons.”

Amol Rajan’s criticism of ‘accent biases’ and ‘posh’ voices among BBC news presenters raised eyebrows among colleagues at Radio 4’s Today where the former presenter – now presenter of World at One – Sarah Montague, married to an Old Etonian Baronet, is Lady Brooke.

Martha Kearney, pictured – having been privately educated at George Watson’s Ladies College in Edinburgh – mischievously announces during the show’s newspaper review: ‘Well I’ll try not to sound too fancy when I read the newspapers !”

Suspended Labor MP Rupa Huq is in form. Appearing on Channel 4 News in 2018, she surprised host Krishnan Guru-Murthy impersonating Boris Johnson, saying: “Oh sorry I just fucked your wife!” I hadn’t realised!’ Like her sister, former Blue Peter presenter Konnie didn’t say, “That’s a faux pas I made earlier!”

Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain told Yours magazine that she wouldn’t ask any of her three children to follow her lead and have an arranged marriage, explaining: “I’d like to think we’ve raised three beings. well-rounded humans who are able to choose the right person for themselves. I mean – what if I had chosen the wrong person? I couldn’t deal with it.

Notorious armed robber John McVicar, who died, had to pay athlete Linford Christie £40,000 after he falsely claimed he was using anabolic steroids. During the 1995 libel action, there were laughs in court when Judge Popplewell asked, “What exactly is Linford’s lunch box?”


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