Hard­cas­tle Ephraim

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PrINCeSS eu­ge­nie, 27, and her fi­ance, Jack Brooks­bank, 30, re­port­edly hope to live in Ivy Cot­tage at Kens­ing­ton Palace. Is that ap­pro­pri­ate? It’s big­ger than Not­ting­ham Cot­tage, where Prince harry and his fi­ancee Meghan live. What’s to be done? The Duke and Duchess of Glouces­ter (aged 73 and 71 re­spec­tively) might move out of their 21-room apart­ment next to Wil­liam and Kate to make way for harry and Meghan, it’s sug­gested. Princess Michael (of Kent), 73, told Tatler mag­a­zine: ‘They’re rat­tling around this huge space and I think Prince harry might go there… very good move.’ My source says: ‘Princess Michael may have been try­ing to de­flect at­ten­tion from her own very nice ten-bed­room place to avoid it be­ing com­man­deered. It now falls to Prince Charles as de facto head of the fam­ily to sort it out and check who is go­ing to fund it.’

APROPOS Eu­ge­nie, her mother Sarah Fer­gu­son’s de­ci­sion to write an open letter in Hello! mag­a­zine to the cou­ple might give the celebrity pub­li­ca­tion some hope of an ex­clu­sive deal for the wed­ding. But in 2008, when Princess Anne’s son, Peter Phillips, wed Au­tumn Kelly at Wind­sor, the ac­cess sold to Hello! for £500,000 was con­sid­ered in­tru­sive and is said to have up­set the Queen. How­ever, ‘HM is more easy-go­ing these days,’ says my source, adding: ‘A re­quest from Prince An­drew to do a Hello! deal – if he is so minded – could swing it for the mag­a­zine.’

reFLeCTING on the BBC pay row, their po­lit­i­cal seer an­drew Neil, 68, points out: ‘Why should we give any cre­dence to this “you shouldn’t be paid more than the Prime Min­is­ter” b ***** ks?’ For all PMs, be­ing a (£150,000) PM is a low point fi­nan­cially, he says. ‘Post-PM they make much, much more. Who else can say that when they hit ca­reer peak?’ Tony Blair be­ing an egre­gious ex­am­ple.

SHOULD Prince Wil­liam, 35, wear a hat? He looked dis­tinctly chilly in Swe­den greet­ing crowds along­side Kate in her cosy bon­net. He wears a top­per for As­cot and a bowler, pic­tured, on House­hold Divi­sion du­ties. Why not a dash­ing trilby? So long as it isn’t a Peaky Blin­ders cap of the type which made David Cameron a na­tional laugh­ing stock the other day.

LaBoUr MP Chris Bryant, 56, is press­ing the Govern­ment to re­verse Ber­muda’s de­ci­sion to out­law same-sex mar­riages of the kind he en­joys him­self. he points out that this will af­fect Bri­tons due to marry on Ber­muda-reg­is­tered cruise ships. Bryant adds men­ac­ingly that as a ju­nior For­eign office min­is­ter in 2009, he sus­pended the con­sti­tu­tion of the Turks and Caicos Is­lands over its ‘cor­rup­tion’.

TOO modest star Colin Firth CBE, 57, says that be­ing a sex sym­bol – mostly for tak­ing his shirt off as Darcy in the 1995 TV pro­duc­tion of Pride and Prej­u­dice – isn’t all it’s cracked up to be: ‘I don’t get chased down the street – nor has any­one thrown their un­der­wear at me.’ He should be thank­ful for small mer­cies.

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