Prince Harry’s days of strolling through London in his modest Audi must feel like ancient history as he takes full advantage of the flashy opportunities up for grabs in California.
It is my understanding that Harry went through the entire LA lifestyle by using an ultra-exclusive and lavish private airport service called The Private Suite.
It sent a luxury gas-guzzling Chevrolet SUV to carry him away when he landed at LAX from London earlier this month.
Described as ‘the most VIP way through the airport’, the PS service is one step above first class and one step below using a private jet.
The days when Prince Harry strolled through London in his modest Audi must feel like ancient history as he takes full advantage of the flashy opportunities up for grabs in California
Members, who sign up for $4,500 (£3,250) per year and then pay an additional $3,450 per trip, are invited to exit the plane via their own private stairs for each other passenger, are then loaded into their own SUV and taken to a private terminal where they can pick up their luggage and pass through passport control in wonderful isolation.
Describing itself as ‘a private airport experience’, the PS website says: ‘PS rediscovers the airport experience for the seasoned and discerning traveller.’
It is run by Gavin de Becker, who is widely known to lead Harry and Meghan’s security at their home in Montecito.
He is known as the “bodyguard of the stars” and his discreet company has been known to hire former employees of the Israeli secret service Mossad.
It is my understanding that Harry has lived through the entire LA lifestyle by using an ultra-exclusive and lavish private airport service called The Private Suite
Perhaps Harry will learn that life without dabbling with Police guards is much more flashy – PS guards, after all, have black wraparound goggles and distinctive earphones.
But then Harry is now in a whole new world. One of my LA sources describes him as a “baller” – slang for wealthy people who don’t mind spending it.
She says he works with a non-famous mob of tech billionaires. “He’s not in showbiz like people would expect.
Instead of spending time with Adele or James Corden, Harry and Meghan hang out with the LA rich set: big business owners, jet set types with private jets.
“He spends time in Malibu, Montecito and Beverly Hills.
“Harry seems very relaxed to be the star in the room. He’s usually the only famous person at the parties he goes to, and he thinks he’s the one everyone goes to.”
PS: As ALS ALS to prove that money can’t buy taste, when Harry arrived in Kensington for the unveiling of the Diana statue, he broke the cardinal sartorial rule: never wear brown in town.
Thanks to his staggering choice of suede brogues – in a color that should ONLY be worn in the countryside – gentlemen across the country are still horrified at the memory of his flying visit.
The amiable Duke of Beaufort is known for his Bertie Wooster-esque way of speaking, but perhaps he should be extra careful when discussing such a sensitive topic as the murder of Sarah Everard on Twitter.
Last week, the Duke, known as ‘Bunter’ Worcester, said: ‘Wayne Couzens [Sarah’s killer] will certainly get a life sentence, but just because of the profile of the case and the fact that he was a police officer shouldn’t mean this becomes a life sentence.”
It’s hard to say what Bunter’s intervention was trying to say: maybe it was an ultra-liberal commentary on the justice system?
He didn’t want to elaborate when I asked, but one thing I do know: it was a very risky statement!
Alexa paints the city red
I’ve never been quite sure what Alexa Chung does, or how successful she is at it.
But whatever she’s up to isn’t showing up well in her company accounts, which are £9 million in the red.
It amazes me that for a fashionista who designs trinkets here and there, Alexa has fallen so deeply into debt with her eponymous fashion brand – the shortfall was just £75,000 five years ago.
Her investor Peter Dubens, co-founder of Oakley Capital Private Equity, has to give her a long line.
Alexa, who lived in ‘fashionista fantasy land’ three years ago when she was £3m in the red, was out with her boyfriend Orson Fry on Friday night. A descendant of the Fry’s chocolate dynasty, maybe Orson can help soften the deal?
I’ve never been quite sure what Alexa Chung does, or how successful she is at it. But whatever she’s up to isn’t showing up well in her company accounts, which are £9million in the red