Forget Prince Harry’s diary. It’s a somewhat different book that sends a whiff of pleasure—and it must be said, a jolt of anxiety (perhaps even, for some, a flash of pure horror)—through the captivating classrooms.
I can reveal that this is the handiwork of Henry John Fitzroy Somerset, twice married, 12th Duke of Beaufort – sometimes known as Harry, but to those closest to him, it’s always ‘Ponter’. The Duke, now 70, earned that title in a quiet youth.
‘He wrote his memoirs’, one of Ponter’s sports friends told me, adding that one chapter in particular seemed to get a kick out of the action. It’s titled ‘Years of Shout’.
Stretching across the old and new worlds in style — he’s a master of the Beaufort Hunt and vocalist with progressive rock band, The Listening Device — Duke, I’m told, provides distinctively insight into the legendary community ring.
Hooray: Bunter and Georgia. Pictured: Georgia Powell (left) and the Duke of Beaufort (right) attend Tatler’s English Roses, an event celebrating British expat girls, at the Saatchi Gallery in June 2017
Actress Tracy Ward (right) at her wedding to then-husband Henry John Fitzroy Somerset (left), then Marquess of Worcester, on their wedding day at St Mary the Virgin Chapel in Chipping Norton in 1987
Ponter Somerset at the Business Connection gala at the London Hippodrome in June 1985
It’s about the night that Tim Hanbury – Ponter’s friend since his Eton school days – walks out of Annabelle’s Club in Mayfair, sees a parked bus packed with Japanese tourists and seizes it.
The Duke, whose second wife was Georgia Powell, granddaughter of novelist Anthony Powell, refuses to give a quick preview of his novel.
And that’s little consolation for Hanbury, whose two daughters, Marina and Rose, are married to the Earl of Durham and the Marquess of Cholmondele respectively. “I’m sorry,” Hanbury told me. “It would be much better if he did not appear again.”
Greek playboy and athlete Taki Theodorakopoulos once claimed that a bus driver stopped to answer a call from nature. Realizing this, Hanbury jumped and drove off, ‘side scanning’ most of the elegant, expensive cars that were parked nearby during the operation, Taki claimed.
With ‘Japanese tourists screaming’ for help, Hanbury allegedly left the bus and returned to Annabelle, where the police were bid farewell to the unhesitating testimony of Sydney bartender.
Hanbury insists this version is “largely exaggerated”. Bunter’s will will surely be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Laura was moved by King Anthem for the first time
Laura Wright was the first to sing the national anthem at a sporting event after the Queen’s death, ahead of England’s test match against South Africa at the Oval on Saturday.
“I felt like the audience was holding their breath before I started singing,” the mezzo-soprano told me.
‘I felt like the fans were holding their breath before I started singing’: Laura Wright sings the national anthem ahead of the England-South Africa Test cricket match in El Oval on Saturday
“I only needed to sing four or five words differently, but the significance of these changes shook everyone.”
Wright, 32, who also made an offer to Her Majesty, adds: ‘Before the match started, I repeated [the words] Over and over again in my mind. I just had to focus on the music so that the emotion of the moment wouldn’t affect my performance.
Is rocker Jimmy Page too distracted by his schematic battle with neighbor Robbie Williams to read his letters?
I’m only asking because Ozzy Osbourne said a request for Led legend Zeppelin to play on a bat biter album did not receive a response.
“I thought having Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page meant there were the greatest guitarists on the planet, but I’ve heard nothing of it,” he says.
“Maybe he lost his phone.” But Clapton and Beck were happy to record on the album, Patient No. 9.
Girl Kate designs her indispensable accessory
Lily Grace, daughter of Kate Moss, is determined to be a role model. The 19-year-old is careful not to hide the insulin pump she wears to help control her diabetes symptoms.
Here, the model appears at New York Fashion Week, where her hot pants reveal the medical device on her thigh.
Her pump featured during a number of catwalk shows, such as when she walked in Versace at Milan Fashion Week last year, and won praise for her bravery.
Lila Grace Moss Hack, 19, is careful not to disguise the insulin pump (circled) she wears to help control her diabetes symptoms.
It previously revealed that it keeps the Apple AirTag, which is typically used to identify items like keys, on its insulin pump reader so you don’t misuse it.
This allows her to keep track of her blood sugar levels. “I have some sugar tablets in case my blood sugar is low,” she explained.
‘A pod on my leg gives me insulin. this is [reader] It is very important to keep it in my purse. Come with me everywhere.
In a shocking week, Prince William is back at work. I heard he had a meeting with the Finance Committee of the Duchy of Cornwall via video link from Kensington Palace.
As the new Prince of Wales, he is also the 25th Duke of Cornwall and has inherited an estate worth £1 billion.
It makes him one of the largest landowners in Britain, with the duchy ownership consisting of about 128,000 acres.
More impressive than Prince Harry’s Montecito Palace – even if it has 16 bathrooms.
Do not get lost, do not want eco-friendly elegant atmosphere
Apparently Jo Wood, the ex-wife of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie, was shown wearing a sheer raincoat over her bra and underwear.
In fact, the Strictly star, 67, was designing eco-friendly clothes before London Fashion Week.
Jo Wood walks the catwalk of VIN + OMI ‘Opinions’ during London Fashion Week on Wednesday
It’s made by Vin + Omi, a sustainable brand that makes clothing using garden waste, such as plant pots and nettles – some of which come from King’s Highgrove’s new property in Gloucestershire.
She told me “I love Fen + Umi”. “My dress was made of recycled paper and plastic.”
Felix Francis – son of the late Dick Francis, the Queen Mother’s favorite thriller writer – took over the family business and continued to deliver the first edition of his novels to Buckingham Palace.
“I haven’t done that this year,” he said at the launch event for his latest show, Hands Down, at the Cavalry & Guards Club in Piccadilly, London. I felt it would be inappropriate. I will do it in full time.
Felix admits that he is trying to protect the feelings of his royal readers.
He once said to me: “You hold back from sex and swearing when the queen is the first to read your novel.