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MEGHAN, the Duchess of Sus­sex, right, has been made pa­tron of the Na­tional Theatre. The pa­tron­age is one of four or­gan­i­sa­tions the for­mer Suits ac­tress has cho­sen. The theatre ac­ci­dently leaked the news a day early, put­ting it on its web­site. Oops! THE ITV skat­ing show seems to be on thin ice with view­ers after the first episode of the new se­ries had the low­est overnight rat­ings for a launch episode in the show’s history, pulling in an av­er­age au­di­ence of 6.4 mil­lion.

THE car maker has an­nounced it is to cut 4,500 jobs from its 40,000 strong UK work­force, blam­ing a down­turn in Chi­nese sales, a slump in diesel sales and con­cerns about Brexit.

SACRE BLEU! The French au­thor landed him­self in hot wa­ter on both sides of The Chan­nel by claim­ing in an in­ter­view with the French edi­tion of Marie Claire that women over 50 “are in­vis­i­ble to me”. And how old is this en­fant ter­ri­ble? Yes, 50!

POOR per­for­mance at the high street gi­ant means staff, or ‘part­ners’ might miss out on their an­nual bonus for the first time since 1953. Like-for-like sales ac­tu­ally rose by 1% in the run up to Christ­mas, but full-year prof­its are ex­pected to be “sub­stan­tially lower”, said chair­man Sir Char­lie May­field. WE love designer Celia Birtwell’s iconic prints and now they are fea­tur­ing on home­ware to help raise money for the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion.

The ex­clu­sive range in­cludes a pom pom wash bag, a su­per soft cush­ion, £9.99, and a blue tas­sel scarf, pic­tured, £4.99. There’s also a photo frame, jew­ellery box, set of mugs, can­vas tote bag and a purse. They land in BHF shops on Tues­day or find them on­line at bhf.org.uk/ Celi­aBirtwell

Slid­ing in rat­ings – Danc­ing On Ice

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