EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Prince Andrew can still ‘fill in for the Queen’

He faces charges of sexual abuse in New York, but Prince Andrew is nevertheless deemed fit to represent the country.

I can reveal that the Queen’s second son, who will have to pay damages of up to £14 million if he loses the US trial in which he is accused of rape, is still listed as a councilor of state.

Created in 1911 by George V, the scroll means that if the monarch feels unwell or unwell, he has the power to assume her duties.

He faces charges of sexual abuse in New York, but Prince Andrew is nevertheless deemed fit to represent the country as a state adviser

He faces charges of sexual abuse in New York, but Prince Andrew is nevertheless deemed fit to represent the country as a state adviser

In the event that the Queen is temporarily unable to perform her official duties, two or more State Councilors will be appointed.

State Counselors include the spouse of the Sovereign and the following four persons in the line of succession who are over the age of 21.

The Prince of Wales, Prince William and Prince Harry also hold the title, but once William’s children come of age they will take the place of Harry and Andrew.

“The royal family should consider removing him from that list while he faces the charges,” my royal insider suggested. “Right now he could replace the queen and represent the country.”

Counselors to the state include the spouse of the Sovereign and the following four persons in the line of succession who are over the age of 21, including Prince William

Counselors to the state include the spouse of the Sovereign and the following four persons in the line of succession who are over the age of 21, including Prince William

Counselors to the state include the spouse of the Sovereign and the following four persons in the line of succession who are over the age of 21, including Prince William

Prince Harry and Prince Andrew also have the title, but once William's children come of age they will be replaced

Prince Harry and Prince Andrew also have the title, but once William's children come of age they will be replaced

Prince Harry and Prince Andrew also have the title, but once William’s children come of age they will be replaced

Duties may include attending Privy Council meetings, signing documents and receiving credentials from new ambassadors. Buckingham Palace refuses to comment on why the Duke of York is retaining the role.

Virginia Giuffre, 38, claims she was forced to have sex with the Duke on the orders of pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein when she was 17 — and that the royal family knew she was a victim of human trafficking. The Duke denies all accusations.

Prince Andrew stepped back from royal duties in 2019 after a Newsnight interview defending his friendship with Epstein. He has since said he regrets the friendship.

Sting invites Iron Man to Tuscan double date

Sting puts his problems behind him by going on a double date with Hollywood star Robert Downey Jr.

The 69-year-old musician recently had to apologize to the son of the dead Italian duke whom he apparently accused of tricking him into buying his Tuscan vineyard after he was charged with ‘talking bad about the dead’.

This week, he and his wife Trudie, 67, invited Iron Man star Downey Jr and his wife Susan, 47, to their Italian estate, where they played with Sting’s giant outdoor chessboard.

Downey Jr, 56, befriended the musician after an awkward first meeting. The actor says he “applied Sting in a stairwell” to make him listen to a demo tape he had made.

Obviously it worked.

Sting leaves his troubles behind by going on a double date with Hollywood star Robert Downey Jr and their wives

Sting leaves his troubles behind by going on a double date with Hollywood star Robert Downey Jr and their wives

Sting leaves his troubles behind by going on a double date with Hollywood star Robert Downey Jr and their wives

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch failed to make the cut when his best friend, pianist James Rhodes, married Argentine model Micaela Breque, 32, over the weekend.

But he needn’t worry, as hardly anyone attended his old Harrovian friend’s ceremony in Madrid.

“We had to postpone our wedding until next year because of Covid,” said Rhodes, 46.

‘But I couldn’t wait to get married, so [we had] an intimate ceremony with only four witnesses.’

Benedict was an usher at Rhodes’ second wedding in 2014.

Anthea throws a birthday party for her bulldog

She barks! Former Blue Peter presenter Anthea Turner admits she has gone above and beyond to celebrate the eighth birthday of her French bulldog Soho this week.

Turner, 61, and her fiancé, businessman Mark Armstrong, 56, hosted a party at their West London home with festive decorations and candle-lit cupcakes.

“We’re very strict with him that he doesn’t have human treats, which dogs can’t digest like us — although you could say we shouldn’t eat them either,” Turner said, sharing a photo of herself and the dog. who was wearing a bandana.

Top chef Asma roasts ‘biting kitchen bullies’

The foul-mouthed Gordon Ramsay could make for entertaining TV, but top restaurateur Asma Khan claims her fellow chefs are traumatized by such intimidating tactics.

The 52-year-old, who owns Darjeeling Express in London’s Covent Garden, is devastated by evidence of harassment by Michelin-starred chefs.

‘It’s really sad. So many girls have shown me burns, bites,” she says.

‘Imagine how crazy you are’ [must be] bite someone in the kitchen. They come to me because they don’t know me. I’ve seen more injuries in the short time I’ve been in a restaurant than in my entire life.’

She doesn’t mention Ramsay by name, but refers to a fiery style, such as the one for which he has a reputation, adding, “For too long, in prime time, you’ve gotten screaming chefs to the fore.

“If I had a daughter and she wanted to be a cook, I’d say, ‘Don’t go there. They’re animals, they’re cheeky, they’ll be offensive.'”

Tennis Ace Andrew is a Grand Slam Grandpa!

Former tennis star and Wimbledon commentator Andrew Castle celebrates a new title at age 57 – grandfather’s.

His youngest daughter, Claudia, 27, has had a baby boy named Louis Magnus with her cricketer husband Will Tavare.

“There is already competition about his sporting future,” Castle tells me.

“Tennis is clearly superior to cricket, but when he’s not on the court he can hit a ball.”

Former tennis star and Wimbledon commentator Andrew Castle celebrates new title at age 57 - grandfather's

Former tennis star and Wimbledon commentator Andrew Castle celebrates new title at age 57 - grandfather's

Former tennis star and Wimbledon commentator Andrew Castle celebrates new title at age 57 – grandfather’s

Petula Clark learned to cook at the age of 88 because the West End musical Mary Poppins, in which she stars, was closed during the lockdown.

‘I went to Geneva and taught myself. Apparently I’m very good,” says Clark, who plays the Bird Woman in the newly reopened production.

Her husband, film producer, Claude Wolff, is very grateful to her. “He had two hip surgeries, so I was cooking. His favorite is poached salmon.’

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