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Ephraim Hardcastle

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aFTeR betraying former friend matt Hancock by leaking his private Covid Whatsapps, Isabel Oakeshott now offers her skills to a disgraced royal said to be contemplat­ing his own memoir. ‘Dear Prince andrew,’ she cheekily announces. ‘I’ll happily ghostwrite your book. If you have no dark secrets, an NDa [non-disclosure agreement] won’t be required.’ Should andrew be unwise enough to accept could the kiss-and-tell emulate Harry and be called Snare or Scare?

RUMOURS persist that Charles wants to cut Andrew’s allowance, forcing him to downsize from 30-room Royal Lodge to tenroom Frogmore Cottage. But he is likely to be out of pocket as the only way Andrew, who has a 75-year rent-free lease on Royal Lodge, would move to Frogmore with an estimated rent of £360,000 a year, is if the King makes it financiall­y viable. Maybe Andrew could ask his Pitch@Palace charity for a spot of crowdfundi­ng cash?

SeVeN weeks to Coronation Day and buckingham Palace is yet to provide definitive sartorial guidelines on what to wear. Do family tiaras need to be retrieved from bank vaults along with other jewels? Will uniforms and medals be the order of the day? Will peers need to scramble for robes? In 1953, lords and ladies who couldn’t afford the required coronation robe and coronet – costing £1,250 – were allowed to wear a cheaper, simpler robe with a basic cap. but it was designed by Norman Hartnell.

DONALD Trump’s uncouth claim that the late Princess of Wales ‘ kissed his ass’ is robustly rebutted by Selina Scott, pictured. She recalls Diana being ‘bombarded with massive bouquets of flowers’ from Donald at Kensington Palace, adding: ‘Trump clearly saw Diana as the ultimate trophy wife. As the roses and orchids piled up at her apartment she became increasing­ly concerned... it had begun to feel as if Trump was stalking her.’ Selina remembers Diana remarking: ‘What am I going to do? He gives me the creeps.’ Scott advised: ‘Throw the flowers in the bin.’

SIR michael Caine remains haunted by the ‘Not many people know that’ catchphras­e attributed to him. ‘Peter Sellers said it when he impersonat­ed my voice on his telephone answering machine,’ wails Caine, 90 this week. ‘I don’t mind something clever being attributed to me, but I do mind something stupid that I did not say!’ Do a lot of people know that michael?

APROPOS of former royal chef Graham Newbould’s preparing fish and chips for the late Queen: He also had to cook for the royal pets, preparing chopped-up boiled lamb’s liver or rabbit with rice and cabbage for the beloved corgis. ‘The gun dogs,’ he remembered, ‘had to make do with tripe.’

GaRY lineker’s agent Jon Holmes recalls that as a leeds student labour activist he queried Irish football manager Jack Charlton’s public support for the Conservati­ves after the local Conservati­ves claimed he had signed up for them. ‘I only joined them for the fishing,’ explained keen angler Jack. Happy St Patrick’s Day.

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