A major hurdle that could have prevented Prince William and Harry from reuniting has been lifted after officials authorized a statue of Princess Diana to be placed in her former home, Kensington Palace.
The warring princes have said they will attend the statue’s unveiling on what would have been Diana’s 60th birthday on July 1. It would be the first time they have met since March.
Planners from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea have approved plans, even though they have no idea what it would look like.
The warring princes have said they will attend the statue’s unveiling on what would have been Diana’s 60th birthday on July 1. They are pictured together in 1995.
They were not given images of the proposed image, only its dimensions and location.
“The palace wants to erect a new statue, but does not want to provide final details at this stage,” a report said.
‘I am convinced that even if a simple block of bronze of the specified dimensions were erected, it would still not detract from the view of the palace. I don’t think our role is to engage in artistic design. ‘
No one complained about the plans, and Historic England said the proposal would not adversely affect the Grade II listed Kensington Palace.
The statue was created by Ian Rank-Broadley, whose portrait of the Queen appears on all British coins.
A major hurdle that could have prevented Prince William and Harry from reuniting has been lifted after officials authorized a statue of Princess Diana to be placed in her former home, Kensington Palace. They are pictured together in 2018
Jane Siddell, Superintendent of Ancient Monuments for Historic England, wrote: ‘The proposed art installation is located in the Sunken Garden, part of the early 20th century gardens, a short distance from the east side of the palace.
‘The location has been carefully chosen, so that the statue is not centered on one of the paths in the garden, near an opening in the hedges.
‘It will be visible to the public viewing the garden, but the image will not affect the view of or from the Palace due to its slightly recessed and screened-off position.
“There is a tradition of statues being installed in Kensington Gardens and around Kensington Palace, for example the statue of King William III to the south of the palace, and Queen Victoria by the round pond, and the proposed installation follows that tradition.”
William and Harry are said to have spoken on the phone following Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, but friends of the LA-based couple said the conversation was “ unproductive. ”
Ooh La La! Spicy evening by TV chef Blanc … during an orgy in Paris
Celebrated for haute cuisine at his Oxfordshire restaurant, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Raymond Blanc has apparently enjoyed something a little spicier too.
Oxford historian Lisa Hilton revealed last weekend that she had ‘persuaded a male friend’ to take her to the infamous Parisian sex club Les Chandelles as part of her ‘research’ for a novel she was writing.
Celebrated for haute cuisine at its Oxfordshire restaurant, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Raymond Blanc has apparently enjoyed something spicier too
Three-time married Hilton, 47, who wrote 2016 erotic art thriller Maestra, declined to name the bohemian buddy, but I can now reveal that he was Blanc, 71.
“Lisa told friends he was Raymond,” one of her boyfriends tells me. “I hear he didn’t need much persuasion to go.”
Hilton wrote her breathless report of her visit to The Times. “What was I doing during an orgy?” she asked. “Not just any orgy either.”
With a clear hint at the two Michelin stars that Blanc boasts at Le Manoir, Hilton described Les Chandelles as ‘the three Michelin stars of sex clubs’.
She explained, “Before you go to the back room, leave most of your clothes in a tasteful cubicle.
The low beds were covered with black sheets, and the black sheets were covered with naked bodies. Some women together, some groups. Not wild ecstasy, but a soothing, almost hypnotic thump of pure, intoxicating pleasure. ‘
She added: ‘There was no doubt who was in charge. The women. Every woman in that room was a goddess. There was no sense of shame or comparison.
‘They were of all ages, all shapes, and they were all beautiful. There was an almost wordless etiquette: women approached men. I have never experienced such a sense of power. ‘
Hilton could not be reached at her home in Venice yesterday, while Blanc declined to comment.
I’m sure Monsieur Blanc was nothing but a gentleman …
Felicity Kendal considered exchanging vows again after her boyfriend, the theater director, Michael Rudman, survived his attack on Covid-19.
The Good Life star and Rudman were married for seven years until their divorce in 1990, but she moved in again in 1998.
“We were thinking of getting married again – but after doing it twice and failing, I thought,” Let’s stick to what we have. ”
There is something about doing your own thing that is quite liberating. Maybe it’s even more romantic, ‘says Kendal, whose first husband was the late actor Drewe Henley.
1960s rock legend Scott Walker left his longtime girlfriend Beverly Foster penniless after not making a will.
The Walker Brothers singer, whose hits included The Sun Ain’t Going Shine Any More and Make It Easy On Yourself, died in 2019 at the age of 76.
He left £ 633,000, but by the laws of the guts it all went to his daughter, Lee Engel, who lives in London.
Lewis star Laurence Fox was banned from £ 42,600 a year at boarding school Harrow and finds it annoying to cough up a fortune to provide private education to his own children.
The London mayoral wannabe – who has two sons with his ex-wife, actress Billie Piper – declares, “I hate paying private tuition fees for my children.” Speaking to FinitoWorld magazine, he reveals: ‘If it were my choice, I wouldn’t do it because I think it’s just a waste of money.
What’s the point of spending money so you can teach them all to be chic and hang out with other elite parents? Boring.’
The Queen welcomes the end of the lockdown with a fanfare.
I hear her rural retreat, Sandringham, plans to hold public garden concerts this summer.
“For the first time ever, there will be two very special concerts at the West Lawns over the August bank holiday weekend,” confirms the Norfolk estate.
Pianist and presenter Jools Holland, a friend of Prince Charles and Camilla, will play with his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, while the following evening the English Symphony Orchestra will perform, complete with a Spitfire flypast.
(Very) modern ways
Hollywood star Stanley Tucci is fed up with friends who dress like they are still teenagers.
One thing I hate to see in style is men or women trying to be youthful in a way that is common. Wrong, ” says The Hunger Games actor, who played a fashion journalist opposite Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada.
The American, 60, who lives in London with his literary agent Felicity Blunt, 38, adds: ‘What are you doing? You are 60 years old. I can say you are 60 years old. The point is, just don’t try too hard. ‘
Hikari doesn’t care about £ 50 million digital art
Hikari Yokoyama has sparked a debate by suggesting that virtual creations are in fact worthless
When a piece of digital art sold for £ 50 million this month, it broke records as the highest crypto art sales in history and made its creator, Mike Winkelmann – aka Beeple – one of the three richest artists in the world.
Now, London-based artist Hikari Yokoyama has sparked debate by suggesting that virtual creations are in fact worthless.
“We truly believed that a digital experience could be just as good as a physical experience,” said Hikari, fiancé to Jay Jopling, founder of the White Cube gallery, at the online launch of Glenfiddich’s Grande Couronne Clubhouse.
‘Now I really believe that art should be an embodied experience. There are things that digital cannot give – touch, smell, feel, that are a big part of an enjoyable experience. ‘
See? Life is more Rosie when you smile
‘I actually think of myself as quite a smiley’, she says
Marks & Spencer lingerie model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has an endearing smile, but rarely looks happy when photographed with her fiancé, Hollywood hardman Jason Statham. Now she has revealed why.
‘I actually think of myself as quite a smiley’, she says.
“But when you’re pushed onto a red carpet or you’re walking down the street and there are half a dozen paparazzi, I find that really uncomfortable and nerve-racking.”
The chartered Devon surveyor’s daughter, 33, who has a three-year-old son, Jack, along with Statham, adds: ‘There are times when Jason and I are photographed together and we don’t show this public affection. Who goes cuddling around in public after ten years? ‘
Marks & Spencer lingerie model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has an endearing smile, but rarely looks happy when photographed with her fiancé, Hollywood hardman Jason Statham. Now she has revealed why