EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: No more palace foie gras for rich Kate
How does the Princess of Wales feel about the King banning foie gras from palace menus?
Kate’s taste for the delicacy, created by force-feeding the geese, was inadvertently revealed when she chose it for lunch at Koffmann’s restaurant in Knightsbridge, a few weeks before she was to marry William.
Charles has been campaigning against foie gras since he ordered his chefs to stop buying it in 2008.
Kate had been having lunch with Camilla, who had wisely maintained marital harmony by opting for the rabbit.
Restaurateur Richard Caring describes the four unicorns created by Damien Hirst for his new Greek restaurant Bacchanalia as “masterpieces.” “I made angels in love embracing unicorns because he wanted unicorns to appear to have wings,” the artist said. ‘But there are actually winged angels riding their backs.’ So why did Hirst touch up all the genitalia of the four giant unicorns? Does Richard fear that the well-endowed beasts might deter kleftiko diners from him at his £30m Mount Street watering hole?
Former England player Joe Cole was upset during the 2010 World Cup when Italian-born manager Fabio Capello and his support staff cheered on his native team in front of the England squad. “What it did to me at the World Cup was when everyone was looking at Italy, like yelling and whistling when they scored,” he says. ‘I just think the anticipation of that was not great. It bothered me as English.
Unimpressed by The Crown, Princess Margaret’s former lady-in-waiting Lady Glenconner, pictured, complains: “I know from being in The Crown that what was in it wasn’t true at all.” I’m sitting with Princess Margaret by a pool, pimping for her, and I’m like, ‘Do you like that young man over there? With the cute butt?’ That certainly did not happen!
The Thick Of It creator Armando Iannucci speculates that Liz Truss began practicing PM at age six in her bedroom, at her mirror with a hairbrush. But instead of singing along to the radio, she was giving Margaret Thatcher speeches. Confirming that he will not revive political satire, he told Radio Times his power died when MPs adopted his phrase ‘omnishambles’ in Parliament, adding: ‘Show me something in The Thick Of It that definitely wouldn’t have happened in politics. . at that time.’
Speaking about difficult relationships with his mother Muriel, who died aged 101 in 2000, John Cleese remembers telling her he wouldn’t miss her when she died, adding: “I said, ‘When you die, I’ll take you to a taxidermist and you’ve stuffed. I’m going to put you in a cabinet by the door and every time I come out I’m going to say hi mommy!” Cleese says, “She was happy, she bragged about it at the retirement home.”
Historian Sir Simon Schama rejected Strictly, knowing that he would become a “total idiot”. “My dance style is kind of scary,” he tells the Radio Times. ‘A cross between David Brent in The Office and an amateur version of Saturday Night Fever.’ Surely more ballet than draft horse John Sergeant?