A 1993 calendar arrives from Eurotunnel, posted last week. Thank you - and shall we assume that the tunnel will open three months late, too?
NEVER mind whether Daphne du Maurier was wholly or even occasionally a lesbian, the really interesting question is - did she have an affair with Prince Philip? 'These rumours have been floated,' Margaret Forster, her biographer, says, and snorts: 'but they are ridiculous. All the dates are wrong.' Daphne would say she was 'menaced' by someone if she found them attractive. But she was not menaced by Prince Philip. 'He was too fair and pale. She liked her men to be dark.' The Queen was very much in love with him, du Maurier wrote, adding that they were 'a lovely couple'. Forster gives thanks to Prince Philip in the acknowledgements to her book, which was published yesterday: she sent him a list of about 20 questions to which he replied in writing. The young Princess Elizabeth and Philip saw quite a bit of du Maurier while her husband, 'Boy' Browning, was Comptroller of Clarence House. In the early Sixties, the royal couple even visited Menabilly, du Maurier's Cornish home and the inspiration for Manderley. Du Maurier was so nervous that she wrote to a lady- in-waiting asking if she had to wear hat and gloves. 'Not in your own house,' came the reply. During the visit she also told HRH 'not to worry if he heard a lot of crashing in the night, because that would just be the old wing falling down'.
FROM the Guardian, a recruitment advertisement for a Social Care Services Director, offering company car, pension and pounds 35,000 per annum. And just what is the generous organisation in need of such a person? A religious order called the Poor Servants of the Mother of God.
SAY what you like about the British aristocracy, but some of them have hearts of gold. And we heartily applaud the Marquess of Blandford's decision, reported by Nigel Dempster in yesterday's Daily Mail, to run in the London Marathon. Blandford hopes to raise a few pennies for Oxford's Radcliffe Infirmary, where his estranged Marchioness, Becky, is recovering from a fall off her horse. Of course, some of his fund-raising methods are unorthodox. According to the News of the World, Blandford gets crack addicts to pay a pounds 5 levy each time they buy a supply of the drug from him - all for a new brain scanner for the Radcliffe. What a guy, eh?
WE'RE grateful to GQ magazine for information on just what to wear if we happen to go to (war-torn) Bosnia. A Level Two Tactical Overvest, in a 'fetching shade of deep blue', from Silverman's of London, price pounds 899, is the fashionable thing among war correspondents. Most notably this item has removable ceramic plates and a pull-down Kevlar groin-flap: the last particularly popular since a sniper removed one of an Associated Press photographer's testicles.Reuse content