Just six weeks after Prince Harry and Meghan were stripped of their cherished roles as President and Vice President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, I hear of another dramatic departure.
I can reveal that the group’s chief executive, Nicola Brentnall, left her role amid allegations that she was too big of a ‘cheerleader’ for the California-based Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Brentnall is also said to have angered her involvement in Harry and Meghan’s infamous video chat last summer, when they linked the Queen’s beloved Commonwealth to slavery.
Call: duke and duchess in video. Nicola Brentnall, the chief executive of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, left her role amid allegations that she was too much of a ‘cheerleader’ for the couple
“It’s fair to say that some important people thought it was better for her to move on,” a source tells me.
“We’re an organization meant to celebrate the Commonwealth, yet she made Harry and Meghan sound like we’re a backward movement trapped in a racist colonial past.”
In their video interview with young leaders, the Sussexes said the Commonwealth should recognize past “abuses” after the Black Lives Matter movement, even if it is “uncomfortable,” as they discussed historical injustice, unconscious bias and racism.
They claimed it would otherwise be impossible for the “family of nations” to make progress.
These enraged courtiers, who pointed out that the Commonwealth was an organization that member states had joined voluntarily and had no ‘uncomfortable’ past.
The Queen is the head of the Commonwealth and considers it one of the greatest achievements of her government.
Ms. Brentnall, pictured above, is also said to have angered her involvement in Harry and Meghan’s infamous video chat last summer, when they linked the Queen’s beloved Commonwealth to slavery.
A spokesman insists that Brentnall’s time as boss has not been shortened.
In 2016, Nicola Brentnall pledged to serve as CEO of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust for five years. With the team, she has taken the organization from its inception into a recognized and respected youth organization, ready to take its grant and support program to the next level.
“Fortunately, she will remain with us in an advisory role until June and will always be a member of Team QCT.”
Fight royally over Wills and Kate’s Earthshot name
With a pot of £ 50 million in cash and national treasure Sir David Attenborough, Colombian pop superstar Shakira and Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett have signed up as judges, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Earthshot environmental award will be a huge success.
However, the pair could struggle to capitalize as I hear their Royal Foundation is facing a battle over the name. It applied to the trademark of the word ‘Earthshot’ at the Intellectual Property Office for a wide variety of media from video, audio and multimedia recordings to podcasts, TV and Internet broadcasts. But it has just received a ‘notice of threatened opposition’. In America there is also a ‘Notice of Provisional Refusal’.
The IPO refuses to provide details. Surely Attenborough’s gravitas and Shakira’s charm can win them over, right?
So-called ‘street food’ has become trendy, but don’t you dare feed Elizabeth Hurley a gourmet burrito from a gaudy painted van.
‘I can’t eat street food because my stomach is very fragile,’ explains the actress. ‘The last time I tried it was when I was in Pakistan with [its President] Imran Khan.
“He persuaded me to eat some kebabs and I threw up projectiles and ended up on an IV.”
The smart set talks about … Knebworth’s American chatelaine
Martha Lytton Cobbold, 56, whose daughter is Burberry model Morwenna, pictured with her husband and screenwriter Henry
While the Duchess of Sussex gave a hellish vision of life in the royal family, her fellow countryman Martha Lytton Cobbold is eager to show that life in the British aristocracy can be a success.
Martha is married to screenwriter Henry, heir to the 2nd Lord Cobbold and owner of Knebworth, the Hertfordshire gothic Tudor staple where the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Oasis have performed.
“My husband’s grandmother said to me over a cup of tea,” As a woman from another country, you have to realize that many people will believe that what you are doing is not correct. “
Martha, 56, whose daughter is Burberry model Morwenna, admits on the Duchess podcast, ‘I definitely made a mistake. I’ve mispronounced names and titles and cities before, and maybe I’ve been a little crazy and too forward-thinking before. ‘
Now president of Historic Houses, she says, “ You need to have thick skin, but that doesn’t mean you don’t get the occasional kickback or punch, just go for it. I quite enjoy taking on a challenge. ‘
Despite a fortune of over £ 20 million, Gavin and Stacey star James Corden admits he has no qualms about stealing food
Despite a fortune of over £ 20 million, Gavin and Stacey star James Corden admits he has no qualms about stealing food.
The WW ambassador, formerly Weight Watchers, has confessed that he and fellow former History Boys actor Dominic Cooper raided a movie set in London.
“We still don’t know what movie it was, but we went for lunch,” admits Corden.
‘We thought if you do it wrong, it must be strong. We walked to the restaurant. We ordered chicken quesadillas, chips and salad, and just took it and left the set. We still don’t know what was filming there. ‘
(Very) modern ways
Wondering how the super rich manage to go abroad on holiday despite all travel restrictions?
Well, the fashionable Vivamayr detox clinic in Austria – where Kate Moss and Elizabeth Hurley were regulars in the past – is offering guests medical certificates stating that their travels are necessary in order for them to be allowed to travel.
“When you book a stay with us, you will receive a medical letter from Vivamayr that gives you unlimited travel to Austria,” read the newsletter.
A negative pre-stay Covid test – which takes a minimum of seven days and can cost up to £ 5,000 – is also required.