George Osborne has admitted for the first time that he made a conscious decision to take revenge on Theresa May after she sacked him as chancellor when she became prime minister.
‘I was told by her outer office to go through the back door to get out [Downing Street] flat, where my children lived, Osborne reveals about Andy Coulson’s crisis? What crisis? podcast.
Osborne used his next role, as editor of the London Evening Standard, to attack May regularly. “And at that point I said to myself, ‘I’m going to do everything I can to bring you down.’ . . It was just so rude, ugly, no respect for my family.’
EDEN: George Osborne has admitted for the first time that he made a conscious decision to take revenge on Theresa May after she sacked him as chancellor when she became prime minister
De Savaray, who owned both ends of Britain, dies suddenly
Owning Land’s End would be enough to satisfy most entrepreneurs, but Peter de Savary could also once boast John o’Groats as part of his property empire.
One of Britain’s most colorful characters, de Savary died suddenly at the weekend aged 78. His third wife Lana tells me: “Peter was extraordinary, not only as a businessman but as a wonderful mentor, loving husband and father of five daughters . He was remarkable, a huge gap will be left in our lives.’
De Savary, who is understood to have died near his houseboat on the River Thames in Chelsea, put his Cotswolds mansion on the market for £10.5million in 2016 so that Lana would not be burdened with the 207-acre Manor Hall estate after he was gone .
“I don’t want to risk leaving her with a house this size to manage alone,” he said at the time.
EDEN: One of Britain’s most colorful characters, de Savary died suddenly this weekend at the age of 78
The son of a French-born Essex farmer, De Savary (pictured) was expelled from Charterhouse School aged 16, after being caught in bed with the headmaster’s au pair.
He made his first million when he was 30, after starting an import-export business and selling goods to Africa. He then amassed a fortune from the regeneration of industrial wasteland. He had interests in shipping and petrol but is probably best known for his work in hospitality. He founded the St James’s Club chain with venues from London and Paris to New York, Los Angeles and Antigua.
He also started the Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle, which was the backdrop for Madonna’s wedding to Guy Ritchie.
A keen sailor, De Savary led the British sailing team in two failed attempts to win the America’s Cup.
While traveling with his family from the Caribbean in 1987, he was in a plane crash that required one of his young daughters to be resuscitated on the beach.
The near-death experience proved decisive. “At that point, my philosophy of life changed,” he said. “When you really look death in the eye, you know it’s a pretty weak thing we’re hanging on to.”
De Savary announced that he would leave none of his reputed £100m fortune to his five children, declaring: ‘They will not have the responsibility and the great task of trying to preserve or expand or continue any of my endeavours. ‘
Only £250,000 to play polo with Harry’s mate
Fancy a hands-on experience with Prince Harry’s polo-playing friend Nacho Figueras?
American luxury retailer Neiman Marcus includes the Argentinian model in its Christmas catalog. For $295,000 [£257,000] it offers a two-night stay at the St. Regis hotel in Aspen, Colorado — with Figueras and fellow top polo player Melissa Ganzi giving lessons to the buyer and up to 11 friends at the members-only Aspen Valley Polo Club.
The VIP tickets also include entry to a star-studded polo match and the exclusive Neiman Marcus tent, with champagne and canapés.
EDEN: Fancy a hands-on experience with Prince Harry’s polo-playing pal Nacho Figueras? (Image: Nacho Figueras and Prince Harry)
Kate Moss vamps it up at the wedding
Kate Moss has made much of her transformation from hard-living party girl to wellness guru, but she can still be intimidating.
The supermodel, 48, dressed up as a sexy vampire, complete with black wig and fangs, for an extraordinary wedding this weekend.
Newlyweds former Vogue beauty editor Tish Weinstock and Burberry model-turned-stylist Tom Guinness chose a Halloween theme for their party at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire.
Moss’s outfit was tasteful compared to a guest who went as Princess Diana in a gym outfit – with a photograph of a young Prince William in her purse and carrying a set of car keys.
EDEN: Moss’ attire was tasteful compared to a guest who went as Princess Diana in a gym outfit – carrying a photograph of a young Prince William in her purse and carrying a set of car keys
EDEN: The bride and groom above, former Vogue beauty editor Tish Weinstock and Burberry model-turned-stylist Tom Guinness, chose a Halloween theme for their fancy dress party at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire
Raise a glass to Fran
Down Under to present the Melbourne Cup today, horse racing expert Francesca Cumani says we and our Antipodean cousins still have a lot in common.
“Australia and Britain, both being Anglo-Saxon countries, we think it’s acceptable to keep drinking until we pass out,” she says.
The ITV presenter, 39, jokes: “Of course, that doesn’t apply to me because I’m half Italian.”
Her father is former Newmarket trainer Luca Cumani.
EDEN: Down Under to present the Melbourne Cup today, horse racing expert Francesca Cumani says we and our Antipodean cousins still have a lot in common
West goes in uniform…
Dominic West admits he found cross-dressing the most challenging part of his role as intelligence chief Lieutenant Colonel Dudley Clarke in new BBC drama SAS Rogue Heroes.
“Dudley, when he wasn’t hatching conspiracies and lies to tell the Germans, sometimes wore dainty long gloves and dressed like a woman, and there are photographs of him doing that,” says the Old Etonian star.
“We have his pictures and I’ve had make-up done to look like him. But to be honest I don’t, because he looked a lot better in a dress than me. I just don’t look good in a dress.
Too modest Dominic, right?
- Known for talking to his plants, King Charles is advertising for a head of garden at Buckingham Palace. The advert on the royal website says: ‘As Gardens Manager you will be responsible for the maintenance and presentation of Buckingham Palace Gardens to an exceptional standard. You will be proud to see thousands of people enjoying them at garden parties.’ The salary is up to £40,000.
- Heartthrob Richard Armitage has come out as gay at the age of 51 and says he hopes it won’t hurt his career. The actor, who has appeared in Spooks, The Hobbit and BBC costume drama North & South, says he came out privately when he was 19. “It’s no big deal,” he insists. ‘I guess if I were to stop being employed because of it, it would be something else. But we’ve moved on since those days, haven’t we?
- Pamela Anderson – whose turbulent marriage to rock drummer Tommy Lee was televised in the drama Pam & Tommy, starring Lily James – lives a healthier life now. ‘Yesterday I made candles, baked bread, canned beets. . . I made a vegan pumpkin pie — it’s in one day,” says the Baywatch star, 55. “I mowed the lawn. . .’
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