Has Camilla been taken in by kab­balah?

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PWhile pre­par­ing to auc­tion off £500,000 worth of his en­ter­tain­ment mem­o­ra­bilia at Lon­don’s Bon­hams, for­mer I’m a Celebrity… con­tes­tant David Gest told me all about his col­lec­tion and his up­com­ing tour. Nat­u­rally I showed him my own celebrity col­lecta­bles — which con­sisted of a metal neck­lace bent by Uri Geller (“Ev­ery­one wants a piece of Uri Geller,” Gest joked), a photo of me with im­pres­sion­ist Jon Cul­shaw (with a pros­thetic face mak­ing him look like Des RINCE CHARLES MAY not be visit­ing Is­rael any time soon, but his wife could be more favourable to the idea. Camilla, the Duchess of Corn­wall, has ap­par­ently joined the list of fa­mous names seen wear­ing a red rib­bon, as mer­chan­dised by the Kab­balah Cen­tre, on their wrists. She was seen wear­ing the bracelet dur­ing the re­cent royal visit to Uganda last week, when she teamed it rather fetch­ingly with an im­pres­sive di­a­mond neck­lace and crown. But be­fore ev­ery­one gets too ex­cited, it ap­pear that Camilla may not be as in­ter­ested in Jewish mys­ti­cism as it seems. A spokesman for Clarence House told The News of the World that the rib­bon was “some­thing she was given on a re­cent visit to a Hindu Tem­ple in Neas­den”.

And while we’re on the sub­ject, vet­eran rocker Sir Mick Jag­ger has laughed off re­ports that he is a Kab­balah Cen­tre fol­lower. The Rolling Stones front­man sparked ru­mours he had gone the way of Madonna, Paris Hil­ton, Bil­lie Piper et al by sport­ing a red wrist­band at a lunch in Lon­don last week. But Jag­ger in­sists the bracelet was a gift he re­ceived dur­ing a re­cent trip to Ra­jasthan, In­dia. He says: “If I wore a string vest, would peo­ple think I’d sud­denly be­come a kab­balah con­vert? It’s rub­bish.” Lyn­ham), and a Sports Re­lief sock. He told me the sock was “only any good for the clean­ing, but as it was red at least it wouldn’t show the dirt”. He then ex­cit­edly burst into a song about the jun­gle, a taster of his new all-singing, all-danc­ing mu­si­cal about him­self. I can tell you that it has to be seen to be be­lieved.

Amy Wine­house fans have been ask­ing for their money back af­ter yet an­other sham­bolic per­for­mance, this time at Lon­don’s Ham­mer­smith Apollo. She was ap­par­ently 45 min­utes late on stage and just walked off half­way through her en­core, leav­ing a back­ing singer to fin­ish the song. To top it off, at one point her bee­hive hair ex­ten­sions nearly fell out. Her mum, Janis Wine­house, has now spo­ken out about her trou­bled daugh­ter to First mag­a­zine, say­ing that if Amy’s hus­band — Blake Fielder-Civil, who is cur­rently on re­mand over trial-fix­ing charges — goes to jail, it could be the sav­ing of her. “I was more wor­ried when they were to­gether. I think, while they are apart, she will wake up and think, ‘What have I done?’”

Mean­while, Wine­house has agreed to go into re­hab if she fails to quit drugs over the Christ­mas pe­riod, ac­cord­ing to re­ports. And on Tues­day, she can­celled all her re­main­ing gigs this year, say­ing she could not per­form while her hus­band was in cus­tody. We wish her well.

It may have been made four decades ago, but Neil Di­a­mond has now re­vealed that the true in­spi­ra­tion for his song Sweet Caro­line was Pres­i­dent Kennedy’s daugh­ter. So any Caro­lines out there who have been telling their grand­chil­dren it was for them are go­ing to have to come clean.

Natalie Port­man has been talk­ing about why it’s so good to be called Natalie Port­man. She adopted the name when she started act­ing, at 12, in an at­tempt still to be able to lead a nor­mal life. She says: “It was like hav­ing an al­ter ego. I was able to keep my pub­lic per­sona con­trolled and let the messi­ness be in private. I could be a hu­man be­ing.” The fact that her real name is Natalie Her­sh­lag had noth­ing to do with the de­ci­sion, of course.

Play­wright Harold Pin­ter doesn’t like Hol­ly­wood. In fact, he hates it. The Amer­i­can cin­ema in­dus­try is “mainly a kind of s***house”, he tells Time Out, af­ter see­ing The Bourne Ul­ti­ma­tum. You can tell he’s a word­smith, can’t you? Lara Lew­ing­ton is the Five News show­busi­ness and weather pre­sen­ter


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