Of all the misfortunes that have befallen Prince Andrew since his old friend Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in a New York prison last August, this will be one of the most painful.
I can say that the golf tournament Andrew was so proud of organizing for youth has been dropped after 20 years.
“It’s terribly sad because it combined two of his great passions: golf and encouraging young people,” says a friend of the Queen’s second son.
The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy – unique in allowing male and female junior golfers aged 18 or under to compete – became one of the premier junior golf competitions and attracted top players from across around the world.
I can reveal that The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy golf tournament Andrew so proudly organized for the youth organization has been canceled after twenty years
But it has become the latest victim of the Epstein scandal, which intensified after Andrew’s ‘car crash’ Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis last year, imploding his charity activities.
The Young Champions Trophy was led by DOY Youth Development – a subsidiary of the Prince Andrew Charitable Trust – which has just been liquidated and has discontinued all operations.
It is a very personal setback for Andrew, a passionate and highly skilled golfer who has a handicap in individual figures.
Of all the setbacks that have happened to Prince Andrew since his old friend Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in a New York prison last August, this will be one of the most painful
“This tournament is an opportunity for young boys and girls from all over the world to play some of our best jobs in the UK,” he wrote on the Young Champions Trophy website.
“There are so many talented young athletes out there and I plan to help with their efforts.” In the past, Swedish star Anna Nordqvist and today’s world No. 1, Ulsterman Rory McIlroy, were among the budding talent on the fairways.
Andrew went out of his way to make sure he was there to appreciate the young titans in the game, even using a 2010 Queen’s Flight helicopter to take him from Windsor to Royal St George in Kent – again back.
It is a very personal setback for Andrew, a passionate and highly skilled golfer who has a handicap in individual figures
Many feel let down by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for giving up royal duties, but Mike Tindall has come to their defense.
“All I want them to be is happy,” said the former rugby star from England, who is married to Prince Harry’s cousin Zara.
Speaking on the BABC LA podcast, Princess Anne’s son-in-law adds, “They have to find their way and as long as they’re happy and Archie is happy, that’s all you can ask for them. I am sure they will. ‘
This is going to be a surprisingly happy time for Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. Not only have the wrinkly rockers released their first new song for eight years, but his daughter Dandelion is engaged.
Dandelion, 48, who uses her middle name Angela, became known as the ‘baby who almost broke up the Stones’ after Keef accused Mick Jagger of fathering her with girlfriend Anita Pallenberg while high on drugs. Pallenberg died in 2017.
Angela is going to marry Graham Whitney, who will be her second husband. Her stepmother, former model Patti Hansen, says, “We’re so excited and can’t wait to celebrate together.”
Must be a blast!
The smart set is talking about … Pippa’s tip for a drink
Mocked for the occasionally predictable entertaining advice in her party planning book Celebrate, Pippa Middleton actually has some inspirational tips.
Spencer Matthews – whose brother, James, is married to Pippa – reveals that the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister prompted him to start his business with ultra-low alcohol consumption, The Clean Liquor Company.
“I went to James and Pippa’s house and was offered an alcohol-free gin and tonic and I couldn’t believe my ears,” said the formerly shady Made In Chelsea star, who gave up the drink two years ago.
“It struck me a bit, how have I never heard of this? I’ve made all this noise about being sober and no one has offered me an alcohol-free gin and tonic – and I love a G&T. ‘
Speaking to former Waitrose boss Lord Price on the Engaging Works podcast, he adds, “Pippa poured me a Seedlip and tonic and I just got obsessed with it.”
Doctor Zhivago, who took Boris Pasternak 20 years to write, still inspires great passions. I hear that the Russian cousin, Anna Pasternak, has started legal proceedings against American novelist Lara Prescott, who received a $ 2 million advance [£1.85 million] for bestseller The Secrets We Kept, which told the story of Zhivago’s publication.
Pasternak claims that Prescott pirated her book Lara: The Untold Love Story That Inspired Doctor Zhivago. Prescott and Penguin Random House, its publisher, say Pasternak’s claims are groundless and will be vigorously defended.
Is that Brooke Bond tea, Mr. Norton?
He is tipped as the next James Bond, but James Norton, a heartbreaking screen, couldn’t have been any less like the soft spy when he got out of lockdown this week.
While 007 would opt for a vodka Martini, “shaken not stirred,” the 34-year-old sipped below a cup of tea outside the South London house he shares with actress girlfriend Imogen Poots.
Barefoot and wearing a T-shirt and shorts, the unshaven star held a mug that reads, “Probably the best window cleaner in the world.”
While Meghan Markle can no longer use her HRH, her youngest bridesmaid’s mother has earned a title. Zalie Warren’s mother now becomes Lady Zoe due to the death of a distant relationship, the 13th Earl of Galloway. Her husband, Jake Warren, is a godson to Princess Diana and a close friend of Prince Harry. A friend jokes: “” Maybe Meghan should bow to Zoe now. “
Towering former English star Peter Crouch is committed to bonding with his newest family member.
His model wife Abbey Clancy reveals that the 6ft 7in sportsman is taking refuge with their new black labrador, which they have imaginatively named Crouchy.
Is he trying to get away from their four children? “And woman,” jokes former strict winner Abbey.
“The dog cage is the largest we can get on Amazon. Pete loves to get into the cage with the dog. He tries to train him with small wheels. He is a good trainer. ‘
New baby joy for Ben after tragic family loss
Financier Ben Goldsmith, whose 15-year-old daughter Iris died in a tragic accident on their farm in Somerset last year, has a new girl.
And in a poignant tribute, Ben and his wife, caterer Jemima, have given their daughter the middle name Iris.
She is Vita Iris Goldsmith and was born two weeks premature. She is in intensive care until yesterday. “Thanks to the brilliant doctors and nurses,” Vita organized “a miraculous recovery” after a “terrifying” two weeks, reveals Ben’s sister, film producer Jemima.
Ben, son of the late billionaire Sir James Goldsmith, says, “We are so relieved and grateful.” The doctors and nurses called Vita “their little prodigy.”
Financier Ben Goldsmith (left), whose 15-year-old daughter Iris (right) died in a tragic accident on their Somerset farm last year, has a new girl
Colorful socialite Amanda Eliasch, who made headlines when she auctioned off her collection of sex chairs, refuses to confine herself to her Chelsea home.
Former fan of Oscar-winning lyricist Sir Tim Rice enjoys a lockdown exercise with twice-separated filmmaker Lord Antony Rufus Isaacs, who produced the steaming 9½ weeks.
“I like to walk with him because he really takes long walks,” she tells me. “But we’re not going out together.” So to speak …
(Very) modern ways
With closed hairdressers, Joanna Lumley has come up with an absolutely fantastic way to ensure her locks stay stylish.
“I’ve always done my own thing,” says the Ab Fab star. “Go and buy stuff at the supermarket and put it on. If you don’t have scissors, grab them and start cutting. All you have to do is grab a mirror and flip and paint like crazy. ”