DO Americans see the Beckhams as we do? David, 40, is named ‘sexiest man alive’ by New York-based People magazine. He responds: ‘It’s a huge honour. I’m very pleased to accept.’ Wouldn’t he have made a joke of it here? Meanwhile, his wife, Victoria, is described as ‘upper class’ in a US-published book, Diana And Beyond. The TLS, a weekly journal for literary folk, comments sniffily: ‘Beckham is privileged by money and her celebrity status, not by birth.’
BBC children’s TV presenter Katie Thistleton, 26, appears on Celebrity Mastermind, where John Humphrys asks her about ‘the life and times of Rachel Green’. Who? A character from the TV series Friends, played by Jennifer Aniston, pictured. Is Mastermind’s late presenter, craggy Viking Magnus Magnusson, spinning in his grave?
PRINCE Charles emerges from the Commonwealth summit as the man most likely to lead them after the Queen. Why so? Perhaps because officials working for the Queen and Charles, who was present, managed to make sure the monarch sang her eldest son’s praises at the leaders’ dinner. So is it a ‘done deal’? A Caribbean-region PM tells me: ‘Yes, but only because there’s no one else who wouldn’t cause a split.’ re Charles, I notice he didn’t repeat his recent theory – that climate change may be a cause of conflict in the Middle East – while speaking at the UN’s environmental conference in Paris. Might it have looked inappropriate in light of the machine-gun terrorists who murdered 130 people there?
BARONESS Scotland of Asthal, 60, pictured, who was fined £5,000 when she was Labour’s Attorney General for not keeping proper documents when employing a cleaner who turned out to be an illegal immigrant, becomes £ 160,000- plus- expenses Secretary-General of the Commonwealth. She was nominated by Dominica, where she was born. Some politicos there and certain Caribbean states aren’t happy. They’re suspicious of Patricia being perceived as a Dominican candidate, which garnered Caribbean and African votes. She has lived in Britain since she was two.
WHILE the Duchess of Cambridge releases her own pictures of her daughter, Princess Charlotte, professional photographers are pariahs in royal circles. But the late Queen Mother didn’t mind them. ‘They are like monkeys in a cage and we must throw them bananas,’ she observed at a lunch party. Her Treasurer, Major Sir ralph Anstruther – one of her confirmed-bachelors-in-waiting – daringly contradicted his employer, remarking: ‘I’m not sure it might not be the other way round, Ma’am.’ HMQM riposted: ‘I’m not sure I care so long as there are bars between us!’
MASTER interrogator Andrew Neil questions, on BBC1’s Sunday Politics, Tony Blair’s ex-flatmate Charlie Falconer, former Respect Party MP George Galloway and Tory MP Liam Fox. A reader of mine wonders: ‘Shouldn’t Andrew let someone other than fellow Scots into the action?’ Neil says: ‘I only interview the best, smartest and most informed.’