PLATELL’S PEOPLE: Granny Middleton will always prevail over Charles because Kate’s family offers stability that William never knew as a child
We don’t often feel sorry for Prince Charles. Yet most of us would have felt a pang of pity for him yesterday when we learned that he still had not seen his new grandson, four days after the baby’s birth
We don’t often feel sorry for Prince Charles. Yet most of us would have felt a pang of pity for him yesterday when we learned that he still had not seen his new grandson, four days after the baby’s birth.
Kate’s mum Carole was already at Kensington Palace when proud parents William and Kate and their new addition arrived home. Her sister Pippa was next to visit, then brother James. Dad Michael slipped in quietly to welcome the bairn and even Princess Eugenie popped in.
Meanwhile, Prince Charles was miles away on holiday in Scotland, and on Wednesday had to go to France for a World War I memorial service. How it must have pained him to have seen William’s in-laws stealing the limelight.
In truth, Charles’s absence only underlines the sense of exclusion he feels from William’s family — as the Mail’s Richard Kay pointed out yesterday, he has complained that he ‘almost never’ sees Prince George.
Yet isn’t Charles now reaping the fruits of his bitterly unhappy marriage to William’s mother — and how he betrayed her?
Charles will take consolation from the fact that the new child has been named Louis Arthur Charles — Louis after his beloved great uncle and mentor Lord Mountbatten
The fact is that Granny and Grandpa Middleton will always come first in Prince William’s eyes
Only two people know how soon after the Royal Wedding Charles was back in his mistress Camilla’s arms. But even supporters of Charles concede that by the time Harry was born in 1984 — when William was two — the marriage was over.
Wills was only ten when his father and mother separated. He was 14 when they divorced so acrimoniously. Just one year later Diana was dead. Would she still be alive had it not been for Charles’s refusal to leave the woman who caused Diana so much misery?
Never shy about her racy sex life, Prue Leith, 78, says that while filming the Christmas Bake Off in midsummer heat she wanted to be naked underneath her wool coat. Enough about saggy bottoms, Prue!
True, this may all be water long under the bridge, and Charles and William certainly appear cordial and warm together in public. And yes, Charles will take consolation from the fact that the new child has been named Louis Arthur Charles — Louis after his beloved great uncle and mentor Lord Mountbatten.
Yet the fact is that Granny and Grandpa Middleton will always come first in Prince William’s eyes. For to him and his burgeoning brood, they offer the happiness and family stability he never knew as a child.
And Charles can never provide that, however hard he tries.
That is the tragic legacy of his ill-fated marriage to Diana.
Stay mum, Holly
This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby has been viciously trolled for posting pictures of herself on a night out with girlfriend Nicole Appleton at a rock concert.
On a Thursday night! How dare she, cry the mum shamers, when she should be home with her three young kids. I feel sorry for Holly, 37, but perhaps she brought some of this on herself.
This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby has been viciously trolled for posting pictures of herself on a night out with girlfriend Nicole Appleton at a rock concert
Going to a gig wearing a ‘Bad girls go backstage’ T-shirt and posting it to your 3.5 million followers on Instagram with your bestie, who just happens to be the ex-wife of Oasis’s Liam Gallagher?
It’s not a recipe for a quiet life.
Meg’s not Suited to her duties
Can someone please take that nice Meghan Markle in hand. She arrived at the memorial service for Stephen Lawrence at St Martin-in-the-Fields, one of our oldest and most sacred churches, in a sleeveless frock. Not very British and certainly not very respectful.
Then, at a dawn service for Anzac Day in Central London, she’s in a wide-brimmed hat and trench coat, before changing into another outfit with designer beret for a service at Westminster Abbey.
I know you’re new to The Firm, Megs, but you can’t treat royal duties like it’s a day on the set of your TV series Suits.
I know you’re new to The Firm, Megs, but you can’t treat royal duties like it’s a day on the set of your TV series Suits
Meanwhile, in Meghan’s fictitious TV wedding to her Suits co-star (above), she gushed: ‘You’re the husband I’ve always wanted.’ Just what she said to first real-life hubby, Trevor Engleson — before dumping him and sending her rings back in the post.
Dad’s a credit to tragic Alfie
Having fought tirelessly for his severely disabled son Alfie following the NHS’s decision to turn off the little boy’s life-support machine on Monday, Tom Evans has finally agreed to build bridges with the NHS.
He has been praised for his articulate voice and intelligent grasp of the issues surrounding his son during months of High Court appeals. Quite a feat from a 21-year-old working-class Liverpool lad who left school at 16 to become a plasterer in his dad’s business.
Tom Evans proves courage and cleverness know no social barriers when it comes to fighting for every last breath of your child’s life.
After the hand- holding love-in between Presidents Trump and Macron, I fear for the Queen — how on Earth will the touchy-feely Donald manage to keeps his hands off our Queen when he visits? If only Her Maj still had her ankle-biting corgis to keep him in line!
If only Her Maj still had her ankle-biting corgis to keep Trump in line!
- Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson announces she is pregnant with her first child, conceived through IVF, with her fiancée Jen Wilson. Overjoyed at the prospect of motherhood, she says that, like thousands of work ing women, she will take maternity leave then return to work. An openly gay woman about to become a mum, she’s one of the most popular and prominent politicians in the country. What an indication of how times have changed — dramatically for the better.
- Dressed in a shocking pink jacket and frothing at the mouth, Diane Abbott demanded the Home Secretary be sacked. ‘Who can have confidence in Amber Rudd if she doesn’t seem able to get her basic facts right?’ Textbook hypocrisy from a shadow home secretary who, when asked during the last election how much Labour’s promise of an extra 10,000 police officers would cost, replied £300,000 — which comes to £30 each.
Brad Pitt’s company has bought the rights to a Hollywood film about Harvey Weinstein. Jeff Daniels is tipped to play the disgraced movie mogul. Surely John Travolta is a shoo-in for the part? Pictures of him playing a deranged stalker in the film Moose), show he’s already halfway there.
Brad Pitt’s company has bought the rights to a Hollywood film about Harvey Weinstein. Surely John Travolta is a shoo-in for the part? Pictures of him playing a deranged stalker in the film Moose (above) show he’s halfway there
A light Beckfast
Victoria Beckham has posted a picture of herself holding a coffee cup and cereal bowl, with the comment: ‘Literally eating breakfast on the school run!’ Maybe she does have a sense of humour after all.
That woman hasn’t consumed anything but fresh air for breakfast in decades.
One organiser of the Carnival of Resistance planning to march against Donald Trump’s visit says the U.S. President is responsible for a rise in hate crimes. So why isn’t freedom fighter Shaista Aziz displaying the same revolutionary zeal against the anti- Semites in Corbyn’s Labour Party?
ABBA will reunite on stage with new music 36 years after splitting. It will be a virtual reality tour with holograms using technology developed for the film Avatar. They’re called Abbatars. Oh dear. Who wants to hear Grandmamma Mia or Zimmer, Zimmer, Zimmer, A Man After Midnight?
Shocking images of marine wildlife choking on shopping bags in David Attenborough’s BBC series Blue Planet II caused us to redouble our efforts in the crusade against plastic. Yet BBC1’s Watchdog is now idiotically telling viewers to use anti-bacterial wipes to clean supermarket trolley handles, so they don’t pick up infections.
It’s not just the worst kind of nannyish scaremongering.
Most wet wipes contain non-biodegradable plastic fibres that block our drains — and poison the oceans.
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