Prince Charles’s godson and heir to £100m gets engaged to a mermaid
EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Prince Charles’s godson and heir to Lord Mountbatten’s £100m fortune gets engaged to a mermaid
Meghan Markle has made waves since tying the knot with Prince Harry, but soon there will be an even more extraordinary woman marrying into the Royal Family.
For I can reveal that Prince Charles’s godson, Nicholas Knatchbull, has become engaged to a mermaid.
Earl Mountbatten of Burma’s son and heir is already living at Broadlands — the stately home where the Queen spent her honeymoon — with Ambre Saint-Clare, below, who made her name as a ‘mer-lesque’ artiste, or performing mermaid.
Prince Charles’s godson, Nicholas Knatchbull, has become engaged to Ambre Saint-Clare (pictured), a performing mermaid
‘Got engaged to Five Dimensional Nick,’ Ambre confirmed online, giving the date of their engagement as Christmas Day.
Five Dimensional Nick is the artistic moniker used by tattooed former drug addict Nicholas in his work as a musician. The announcement delighted friends of the couple, who have been courting for about a year.
One of their pals hinted they may have already been discussing some unusual elements for their wedding ceremony, writing: ‘Do you still want the dog to bring you your rings on the big day?’
Nicholas, 37, who has the courtesy title Lord Brabourne, has responded to the messages of congratulations, saying: ‘Thanks and massive love to all you well-wishers.’
Nicholas’ great-grandfather 1st Earl Mountbatten was Prince Philip’s uncle and his is Prince Charles’ godson (pictured together left). This week he was photographed wheeling a shopping trolley as he and Ambre headed to nearby Romsey from Broadlands (right)
This week he was photographed wheeling a shopping trolley as he and Ambre headed to nearby Romsey from Broadlands, his family’s 5,000-acre estate and 60-room home in Hampshire.
Ambre runs meditation and holistic workshops as well as being a professional mermaid. Her memorable performances involved her donning a bespoke Swarovski crystal-encrusted mermaid tail for underwater engagements and photoshoots.
Nicholas — whose great-grandfather the 1st Earl Mountbatten was Prince Philip’s uncle — was educated at Eton, where he helped mentor the young Prince William.
He has been engaged three times before, but friends are convinced mermaid Ambre will not leave him all at sea.
Why did Groucho Club founder leave daughter just £5,000 in £1m will?
Acclaimed as ‘the godfather of the literary world’, Michael Sissons was adored by colleagues, who recalled his ‘wicked sense of humour’ and ‘spirit of fair play’ after he died last summer, aged 83.
But I can disclose there is little funny — or seemingly fair — about the thrice-married agent’s £960,000 will, which he signed just ten days before his death.
Sissons, who represented the likes of Simon Schama and Margaret Drabble, was also a co-founder of the Groucho Club.
Most of his reputed £15 million fortune was tied up in trusts. But he left his eldest daughter, Kate, 57, just £5,000. By contrast, his son Jonathan — born, like Kate, while Sissons was married to his first wife, Nicola — received £50,000, as did Maia, 44, and Jemima, 40, Sissons’s daughters by his second wife, Ilze.
‘Kate is devastated,’ says a family friend. ‘She loved her father.’
Her relationship with Sissons’s widow, Serena, is less cordial. ‘Kate is bemused by the will,’ says the friend.
‘She has already consulted lawyers who think she has a very good case.’
Sadie’s little sister shows off sparkler
Despite two divorces, from actor Jude Law and Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp, Sadie Frost still believes in marriage.
So the actress is delighted that her sister, former Casualty star Holly Davidson, has got engaged to fashion photographer Sebastian Roos, 42 .
Former Casualty star Holly Davidson has got engaged to fashion photographer Sebastian Roos
Holly, 38, who is now a best-selling author of fitness books, is pictured showing off her sparkler. ‘It’s all very exciting,’ Sadie tells me at the Gold Movie Awards. ‘For Holly and her partner, it was love at first sight.’
Sadie, who is courting charity boss Darren Strowger, adds: ‘I don’t really see myself getting married again. I’m really happy with the way things are.’
Late construction heir Sir William McAlpine, saviour of The Flying Scotsman, was remembered in grand style yesterday. His widow, Judy, organised for the train, which he bought for £25,000 in 1973, to take VIPs including BBC boss Lord Hall and former Reading FC owner Sir John Madejski to the National Railway Museum in York for a ceremony at which an engine was named after the businessman.
Caroline Flack has admitted to ‘tattoo regret’
Prince Harry’s ex Flack rues her tacky tat
She once voiced regrets that her fling with Prince Harry became public, wailing: ‘I was no longer Caroline Flack, TV presenter, I was Caroline Flack, Prince Harry’s bit of rough.’
Now, the Love Island host is full of remorse after having a black unicorn tattoo inked on her bikini line.
Yesterday, she shared online a holiday snap of her posing in a stars and stripes bikini, by her hotel room plunge pool in Thailand.
‘Bedroom of dreams . . . tattoo of regret,’ the 39-year-old wrote next to the photograph.
It’s not the first tat to cause her pain: she had the initials of her fiance, Andrew Brady, inked on her wrist. They split up a few months later last November after he was accused of cheating on her.
The smart set’s talking about… Blue-blooded folk singer David Ogilvy
With colourful rock singer ‘Bunter’ Worcester now concentrating on his duties as the new Duke of Beaufort, who is the aristocracy’s leading musician?
Step forward, David Ogilvy, a singer with three critically acclaimed albums to draw from in his live shows and whose folk sounds have been compared with those of cult songwriter Nick Drake.
David’s father is the Earl of Airlie, who used to run the Queen’s Household as Lord Chamberlain, and his American-born mother, Virginia, is the Queen’s confidante and lady-in-waiting.
David Ogilvy, a folk singer with three critically acclaimed albums, is the son of the Earl of Airlie, who used to run the Queen’s Household as Lord Chamberlain, and American-born Virginia, the Queen’s confidante and lady-in-waiting
‘Forget David’s illustrious heritage, it’s his talent that really shines,’ one of his fans says. David’s Dylanesque tones and breathtaking fingerpicking can be enjoyed next month in a gig at the London Sketch Club in Chelsea.
David’s great-grandfather, the American philanthropist and arts patron Otto Kahn, would have approved. He is said to have started a fashion for using the phrase OK by signing bills with his initials, which creditors knew was a gold-plated guarantee.
Brawny Richard Madden, who won a Golden Globe this week for his role in hit BBC drama Bodyguard, has revealed that his own protector was, in fact, his mother, Pat, a classroom assistant.
Bodyguard actor Richard Madden has admitted his real life protector was his mother Pat
Bullied at school in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Madden once challenged his tormentor to a fight.
He was just about to aim a punch when he suddenly felt a hand on his shoulder — and was dragged backwards through the crowd and dumped on the bonnet of a car.
When he turned round, he discovered that it was his mother, who had been passing.
Although he describes the experience as a ‘whole new humiliation’, he never got into another fight.
‘Any time anyone would want one, they’d go: “Your mum will come, won’t she?”’ he says.
‘My mum saved me, in a way. My mum was my bodyguard back then.’ Bless.
(Very) modern manners
Some famous figures, such as Paris Hilton, not only pamper their pooches with designer outfits, but build them mini-mansions for kennels.
However, the Marquess of Bute’s 19-year-old daughter, Lady Lola Crichton-Stuart, has taken things one step further by bathing with her dog — as this picture proves.
It was shared by Game of Thrones actress Jazzy de Lisser, and shows her half-sister Lady Lola cuddling up in the tub with Banana, a Chiweenie or Chihuahua-dachshund cross. Who says aristocrats aren’t barking?
The Marquess of Bute’s 19-year-old daughter, Lady Lola Crichton-Stuart bathing with her dog
Fellowes plans lifeboat drama
Having turned the goings-on at a country house into a hugely popular ITV series, Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has set his sights on a lifeboat station.
The Oscar winner, whose godson Olly is a member of the crew at Padstow in Cornwall, says: ‘It could be a very good contemporary drama. Because one of the things you want from a workplace drama is a believable context where people can come from very different backgrounds, occupations, ages and so on. A lifeboat station is a classic example of that.’
Lord Fellowes, who lives in Dorset and owns a beach hut in Devon, adds ‘Being on a lifeboat crew is a dangerous and brave activity that is tremendously needed.
Sophie joined the ‘five kids club’ this week
Pop pixie Sophie Ellis-Bextor — who joined the ‘five kids club’ this week when she gave birth to yet another boy, Mickey Jones — is already considering baby No. 6.
‘I know, it is a lot,’ says the 39-year-old daughter of former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis.
‘I can’t imagine having another one, but then I can’t imagine not having another in three years’ time.’ Sophie, who is married to musician Richard Jones, adds: ‘I’ve always wanted a big family.’
Rags to riches dream for a £6k ‘Freud original’
With Lucian Freud’s works selling for up to £35 million, a neighbour hopes one of the late artist’s cloths could lead to riches.
Jo Statham, who lived below Freud’s studio in London’s Holland Park, is auctioning a heavily daubed, white cotton rag for a startling starting price of $7,500 (£5,882). ‘It does seem rather expensive,’ sniffs Freud’s former assistant, David Dawson.
The rag fell onto Jo’s balcony one day and he let her keep it. The eBay lot includes a handwritten note by Freud in which he apologises for her TV aerial being knocked by his builder.
Dawson didn’t keep any rags himself. He tells me: ‘I’m only interested in his work, not paraphernalia.’ Pity…
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