Ephraim Hard­cas­tle

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POET Lau­re­ate Carol Ann Duffy met the Queen at Buck­ing­ham Palace on Tues­day but there was no sign of a verse in her knap­sack to mark to­mor­row’s royal wed­ding. HM could hardly be sur­prised. Glas­gow-born LGBT devo­tee Carol, 62, has stu­diously ig­nored – po­et­i­cally – the births of Wil­liam’s three chil­dren, the Queen’s 90th birth­day, her land­mark reign, Philip’s 90th, 95th and re­tire­ment, and Camilla’s 70th. But the muse de­scended for Carol’s dit­ties on the ‘bed­room tax’ and the demise of the gas me­ter.

JEREMY Cor­byn’s first meet­ing with Prince Charles on Wed­nes­day un­der­lined how much the Labour leader has in com­mon with the heir to the throne. Both are keen on the en­vi­ron­ment, en­joyed priv­i­leged up­bring­ings, have large egos they try to hide be­hind pub­lic shows of hu­mil­ity, don’t want to re­tire and en­joy gar­den­ing (although Jeremy’s al­lot­ment is smaller than Charles’s). In age they’re just six months apart (Cor­byn reaches 69 next week), can be some­what re­bel­lious and are both be­ing blocked from top jobs by women with no in­ten­tion of re­sign­ing.

HARRY and Meghan’s ‘bowl food’ wed­ding re­cep­tion fails to elicit an opin­ion from Lady El­iz­a­beth An­son, 76, the Queen’s party plan­ner. But she does re­mem­ber be­ing in charge of the foreign-crowned heads at Wil­liam and Kate’s 2011 nup­tials, when they found the buf­fet to be sparse. One of the VIPs, she re­calls, sneaked out to the near­est McDon­ald’s.

COR­RECT­ING an er­ror in an Oldie in­ter­view about a row her par­ents Lord and Lady Long­ford had over re­dec­o­rat­ing their home, Lady An­to­nia Fraser, pic­tured, writes to the mag­a­zine: ‘My mother threw the visi­tors’ book at my fa­ther. Not the other way round – my fa­ther would never throw any­thing at a woman. PS - she missed.’

DIANA’S for­mer but­ler Paul Bur­rell, 59, con­fides to ITV: ‘Nan­nies would al­ways whis­per in Wil­liam’s ear, “You’d bet­ter sit up straight, you’d bet­ter be­have, be­cause you’re go­ing to be King”. Wil­liam said one day, “I don’t want to be King” and Harry piped up, “Well, I’ll do the job in­stead of you then”.’ Harry’s sixth-in-line to the throne now but will drop fur­ther when Wil­liam’s chil­dren have off­spring.

WHEN Charles tied the knot with Diana in 1981 re­pub­li­can Lefties such as Har­riet Har­man and Peter Man­del­son headed-off on a cross-Chan­nel booze cruise to avoid the fuss. As Harry leads Meghan to the al­tar repub­li­cans are es­chew­ing such frip­peries and get­ting to­gether for a con­fer­ence in Lon­don to moan about how dread­ful the royals are and rant at the ex­ces­sive cov­er­age be­ing given to the wed­ding. Labour’s Kens­ing­ton MP Emma Dent Coad will be lead­ing the boo­ing. No one seems to find hold­ing the event at the St Bride Foun­da­tion in Bride Street ironic.

ASKED by the Hol­ly­wood Reporter if she was jeal­ous of the vast lu­cre Dame Judi Dench has earned from the James Bond films Glenda Jack­son, 82, replied: ‘No. I was of­fered M’. And why did she turn the role down? ‘Be­cause it was bor­ing.’ replied the en­dear­ing old trout.

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