SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: The roar starts from Prince Andrew’s 60th birthday while friends shun at his party and leave Sarah Ferguson to ask more guests to come up with the numbers
Prince Andrew has withdrawn from the royal office since his ill-fated Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis.
But nothing illustrates the dizzy fall of the Duke of York from grace but the way some of his friends – or those he regarded as friends – have missed the opportunity to join him tomorrow on his 60th birthday.
He celebrates the day with a private dinner at Royal Lodge, the Windsor residence that he shares with his ex-wife Fergie.
I can indeed reveal that the number of guests who have discovered that they are “unavailable” that extra invitations to the bash have been sent by Jane Clarke, Fergy’s assistant.
It is all far away from Andrew’s 50th (photo). By that time, his association with Jeffrey Epstein – the shamed American financier found dead in a New York prison cell last August – was known
“I have been asked by the Duchess of York and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie to invite you to a private dinner at Royal Lodge at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, February 19,” she warns recipients, before emphasizing that the event “honors the Duke or York’s 60th birthday ‘.
So that these second-rate guests have the feeling that they don’t have time to pop themselves in the right way, Clarke adds, “The dress code is suit and cocktail dress.” Clarke asks them to warn her about “any nutritional needs.”
It is all far away from Andrew’s 50th. By that time, his association with Jeffrey Epstein – the shamed American financier found dead in a New York prison cell in August – was known, but it couldn’t stop a series of glamorous women from attending the Duke’s birthday party, which became held during a weekend at St James’s Palace.
Prince Andrew has withdrawn from the royal office since his ill-fated Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis
Partygoers included Catrina Skepper, the one-time model of Pretty Polly and Cadbury, as well as socialite Caroline Stanbury, who subsequently appeared in the reality TV program Ladies Of London, and socialite Goga Ashkenazi from Kazakh.
It had been the seductive Ashkenazi that Andrew had introduced to the oligarch Timur Kulibayev from Kazakhstan, through whom she now has two sons.
Later, in 2007, Kulibayev generously bought the former Duke’s house, Sunninghill Park, for £ 3 million more than the asking price of £ 12 million.
Perhaps there will be more fruitful introductions tomorrow – between those who have stayed true to Andrew and those who have been treated to a last-minute invitation.
Perhaps there will be more fruitful introductions tomorrow – between those who have remained true to Andrew and those who are treated to a last-minute invitation at the last minute