Cameron mourns his Aunt Cylla
DAVID Cameron is mourning his beloved Aunt Cecilia, who has died aged 87.
Known as Cylla, she was the sister of Cameron’s mother Mary and married to colourful baronet Sir William Dugdale, who was the chairman of Aston Villa in their glory days.
Cameron will, of course, attend the funeral in Warwickshire.
After Cylla’s husband died in 2014, Cameron ended questions abruptly after a major immigration speech, explaining: ‘I’ve got to go to the funeral of a much-loved relative, a man who fought at Monte Cassino, landed on the beaches of Anzio, rode a horse in the Grand National and was chairman of the world’s greatest football club, Aston Villa.
‘So I don’t want to dishonour him by being late.’ DAME Shirley Bassey, who has kissed Prince Charles and performed for the Queen, is still astonished that Prince Harry married Meghan Markle. ‘It’s wonderful, but I was blindsided,’ admits the 81-year-old singer, whose hits include Goldfinger.
Cardiff-born Dame Shirley, who is mixed-race like the Duchess of Sussex, adds: ‘I never thought I’d see that in my lifetime. It kind of came out of nowhere, but good for Prince Harry.’
Despite only arriving back from George Bush snr’s funeral in Washington at 3am on thursday, prince Charles hosted a dinner at Clarence House that evening. it was for the charity World Jewish Relief, and he lit a Hanukiah. ‘it was very moving,’ one of the 38 guests tells me. ‘i think it’s the first time a Hanukiah [a nine-cup candelabrum] has been lit at a royal residence. Charles was wearing his blue velvet skull cap embroidered with [prince of Wales heraldic badge] feathers.’