Ephraim Hard­cas­tle

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PRINCESS Beatrice, her wed­ding plans in tur­moil over her dad’s on­go­ing hu­mil­i­a­tion, suf­fers an­other set­back. Her op­tion of down­sized nup­tials at pal Ed Sheeran’s new Suf­folk chapel have been jeop­ar­dised by Ed’s de­ci­sion not to ap­ply for a wed­ding li­cence for the build­ing. He dis­cov­ered that it would lead to a stam­pede of brides. Charles and Camilla suf­fered a sim­i­lar fate in 2005 when Wind­sor Cas­tle was ruled out of bounds for nup­tials un­less it was li­censed for the hoi pol­loi. They were spliced at the lo­cal reg­is­ter of­fice.

CLI­MATE change mes­siah Greta Thun­berg’s ar­rival back in Europe yes­ter­day af­ter hitch­ing a lift on a US cata­ma­ran hardly cel­e­brates her no-fly pol­icy. Her 3,000-mile trip across the At­lantic re­quired an ad­di­tional crew mem­ber to be flown out to the US from Bri­tain. It might ac­tu­ally save on car­bon emissions if Greta just flies her­self.

VIC­TO­RIA His­lop, pic­tured, chan­nelled Mary Berry yes­ter­day, urg­ing grand­par­ents to buy pen and pa­per for their grand­chil­dren for Christ­mas to al­low them to ques­tion them about their past. To rap­tur­ous ap­plause at the Oldie lit­er­ary lunch at Simp­son’s in the Strand, she de­clared: ‘All grand­par­ents on Box­ing Day should sit down and be in­ter­viewed by their grand­chil­dren about their life. What a waste they don’t know the ex­tra­or­di­nary his­tory of their fam­ily.’

AN­DREW Neil, at Bois­dale’s Cigar Smoker of the Year Din­ner on Mon­day, con­cedes that he won’t bag a Boris in­ter­view, but ques­tions why An­drew Marr had the PM on his Sun­day BBC show. ‘He was on be­cause of the ter­ror­ist at­tack,’ says Neil. ‘Surely that’s a matter for the Home Sec­re­tary. It should have been Priti Pa­tel.’

BIG Brother creator Sir Peter Bazal­gette, great-great-grand­son of Sir Joseph Bazal­gette, builder of Lon­don’s first sew­ers, was the butt of lava­to­rial jibes when the toi­lets got blocked at an awards cer­e­mony at the Sci­ence Mu­seum. He ex­plains: ‘It hap­pens all the time. And when peo­ple come up to me at the loos I have a mantra. If all is good I say, “Thanks, Sir Joseph.” But if it’s not I say, “Oh no! Sir Joe!”’

OX­FORD pro­fes­sor Danny Dor­ling says ge­og­ra­phy de­grees are cho­sen by posh but dim stu­dents. Surely Theresa May (2nd class BA in ge­og­ra­phy, Ox­ford 1977) isn’t posh?

HAS celebrity cam­paigner Hugh Grant fallen out with the Lib Dems al­ready? He’s re­acted to a party tweet thank­ing him for sup­port­ing Lu­ciana Berger which adds: ‘Only the Lib Dems can take seats off the Tories.’ Tweets Grant: ‘Your sec­ond para­graph is un­true.’

PE­TULA Clark re­calls that hus­band Claude Wolff kept snor­ing at the 1969 royal pre­miere of Good­bye, Mr Chips. ‘I kept hav­ing to nudge him,’ she says. ‘He said, “What? I’ve seen the film three times.” I said, “So have I, but the Queen’s in front of us!”’

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