Prince William and Kate spent part of their recent summer break in the 16th-century holiday home of Michael Green
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have holidayed in a stunning French chateau owned by the media boss who first employed David Cameron.
Prince William and Kate spent part of their recent summer break in the 16th-century holiday home of Michael Green, who has a £103million fortune.
The couple, along with their children Prince George, three, and one-year-old Princess Charlotte, enjoyed a ten-day break at Chateau La Rocque, in the village of Pouydraguin, west of Toulouse.
It is not clear whether the couple paid to stay in the chateau or whether they were lent it.
However, they have previously borrowed properties belonging to the Queen’s nephew, Viscount Linley, in Provence, and a lavish villa in Mustique, owned by John and Belle Robinson, founders of the Jigsaw empire.
They arrived in France in a private jet owned by the Duke of Westminster, who died on Tuesday, which returned to pick them up on Friday last week and then flew them home to Anmer Hall in Norfolk.
Prince William has since returned to work as a pilot with East Anglian Air Ambulance.
Green, 68, employed David Cameron as his spin doctor for seven years at Carlton Communications before he was elected as MP for Witney.
Carlton merged with Granada to form ITV in 2003, but shareholders blocked Green’s appointment as chairman and he was forced to resign.
He continued in business, but also retrained as a psychotherapist, and now runs a practice from his £7 million property in Mayfair.
The couple, along with their children Prince George, three, and one-year-old Princess Charlotte, enjoyed a ten-day break at Chateau La Rocque, in the village of Pouydraguin, west of Toulouse
Green, 68, employed David Cameron as his spin doctor for seven years at Carlton Communications before he was elected as MP for Witney
Middleton’s new line – wigs for queens and princesses
Prince William complains about Kate’s ‘nightmare’ hair, which she has to straighten to get rid of frizz.
But canny Carole Middleton, Kate’s mother, has a solution.
Her firm, Party Pieces, is now offering a Medieval Princess Wig, with long dark curls rather like well-coiffed Kate’s in its natural state.
At just £14.99, it’s quite a bargain — as is the Medieval Warrior Queen wig with auburn ringlets, should anyone wish to resemble flame-haired Fergie, Duchess of York. Curl power!
Party Pieces, is now offering a Medieval Princess Wig (left) and Medieval Warrior Queen (right)
Pelly leaves creditors in the lurch
Guy Pelly and Elizabeth Wilson attend The Ivy Chelsea Garden’s ‘A Year In The Garden’ party
Prince Harry and Prince William’s party-loving wingman, Guy Pelly, won’t have to pick up the bill for his defunct nightclub Public, which collapsed in 2012 amid reports of Sloanes urinating in the street outside.
After years of wrangling over the Chelsea club’s debts, the case has finally been closed — and Pelly’s creditors will be left £560,000 out of pocket.
The final reckoning from liquidators raking through the ashes of SPP Chelsea, the company that controlled Public, confirms: ‘There will be no dividend to any class of creditor.’
Creditors of the Kings Road haunt, where Prince Harry held his 27th birthday party, include hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks and British Gas.
It emerged recently that Pelly also dodged a £374,436 tax bill to HMRC, another of the company’s creditors.
Still, the party continues. Pelly, pictured with wife Lizzy, now runs Alpine-themed club Bodo’s Schloss in Kensington and Mexican tequila joint Tonteria, which means ‘nonsense’ in Spanish.
Theresa May decreed Boris Johnson must share Chevening, the Foreign Secretary’s grace-and-favour mansion, with colleagues David Davis and Liam Fox — and trustees of the Kent estate have also been scaling back grand designs.
They recently submitted plans to erect an eight-metre-high stone obelisk in Chevening’s parkland — but then scrapped the plans two months later.
Why the U-turn? ‘We do not share the reasons why applications are withdrawn,’ hedges a planner.
Victor Meldrew doesn’t believe Corbyn’s a leader
I don’t believe it! Richard Wilson, best known for playing Victor Meldrew in One Foot In The Grave, has turned his back on Jeremy Corbyn after praising him earlier this year.
Speaking before his heart attack this week, from which the 80-year-old is now recovering in hospital, he explained: ‘I voted for Corbyn because I thought the party needed a shaking and the three other candidates didn’t impress me at all.
‘But I wouldn’t vote for him again. I don’t think he’s shown any leadership skills. I suppose he’s being true to himself, but I don’t see how you can run the Labour Party in the House when most of your MPs aren’t on your side.’
As recently as February, Wilson said that Corbyn was the person he most admired. ‘I just don’t know where we’re going to go,’ he adds.
‘I don’t know about this other chap, the new guy [Owen Smith].
I haven’t decided whether I’ll vote for him — but I won’t vote for Jeremy.’