Cameron mourns his Aunt Cylla

Scottish Daily Mail - - Weekender -

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.’

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