The late Lord Snowdon was by no means inhibited in expressing feelings, as he demonstrated when artwork seller Rodolphe von Hofmannsthal sought his permission to marry his youthful daughter, Frances Armstrong-Jones.
Responding with out hesitation, the celebrated photographer gave his potential son-in-law his blessing — and hugged him in delight.
However how, if he had been nonetheless alive, would Snowdon react if he noticed von Hofmannsthal at the moment? I ask as a result of, after 16 years of marriage, Rodolphe, 41, and Frances, 43, have parted firm. ‘They hadn’t been getting on for fairly some time,’ I’m instructed. ‘They tried to carry it collectively for the youngsters however, ultimately, it simply didn’t work out. Rodolphe’s moved out.’
Their union started with a glamorous society marriage ceremony at St George’s church, Hanover Sq., in West Lon-don, with Snowdon radiating paternal satisfaction as he gave Frances away, and with the Marchioness of Douro and Sienna Miller and her then beau, Jude Legislation, among the many visitors.
Additionally there, amid a slew of Armstrong-Joneses together with Frances’s half-siblings, David (then Viscount Linley) and Sarah Chatto, was effervescent man-about-town Nicky Haslam, who extolled Rodolphe for being each ‘luxuriantly red-haired and outstandingly intelligent’ and Frances for being ‘beautiful’ and a ‘proud possessor of a 22-inch waist’. The couple (pictured, left, in 2004) have two kids.
However how, if he had been nonetheless alive, would Snowdon react if he noticed von Hofmannsthal at the moment? I ask as a result of, after 16 years of marriage, Rodolphe, 41, and Frances (pictured collectively), 43, have parted firm.
Their union started with a glamorous society marriage ceremony at St George’s church, Hanover Sq., in West Lon-don, with Snowdon radiating paternal satisfaction as he gave Frances away, and with the Marchioness of Douro and Sienna Miller and her then beau, Jude Legislation, among the many visitors
Girl Frances’s father — Tony Armstrong-Jones earlier than being ennobled — loved quite a few affairs throughout his first marriage, to Princess Margaret, together with one with Frances’s mom, Lucy Lindsay-Hogg.
Regardless of his 1978 marriage to Lucy — who gave start to Frances seven months later — Snowdon was concurrently romantically concerned with journalist Ann Hills, who killed herself in 1996.
He subsequently fathered a son, Jasper, with one other journalist, Melanie Cable-Alexander, in 1998.
A spokesman for von Hofmannsthal, a director of David Zwirner Gallery in London, declines to remark. Inquiries at Luncheon, the journal which Frances co-founded, went unanswered.
Porchey’s son rides to Holly’s defence
TV golden woman Holly Willoughby has been tarnished by claims of ‘queue leaping’ after she and fellow This Morning host Phillip Schofield had been accused of bypassing the 13-hour line of individuals ready to see the Queen’s lying-in-state.
Now, nonetheless, a pal of Her Majesty has rushed to Holly’s defence.
Harry Herbert — whose father, ‘Porchey’, the seventh Earl of Carnarvon, was the Queen’s racing supervisor and shut confidant — declares passionately: ‘They by no means jumped any queue.’
He provides of the ITV presenters: ‘Terrible what they’re going by way of.’
Harry Herbert (proper) — whose father, ‘Porchey’, the seventh Earl of Carnarvon, was the Queen’s racing supervisor and shut confidant insisted Holly (left) and Phil didn’t skip the queue
TV golden woman Holly Willoughby has been tarnished by claims of ‘queue leaping’ after she and fellow This Morning host Phillip Schofield had been accused of bypassing the 13-hour line of individuals
(Very) trendy manners…
Absolutely, that is no place for a Girl?
Former ‘face of Ascot’ Martha, Girl Sitwell has declared that she plans to affix OnlyFans.
That’s the web site whose content material creators — a few of whom are intercourse staff, a few of whom present content material that includes no nudity in any respect — cost customers for provocative and intimate images, movies and textual content messages.
Former ‘face of Ascot’ Martha, Girl Sitwell (pictured) has declared that she plans to affix OnlyFans
‘If I learn erotic literature on OnlyFans, would you pay, and the way a lot?’ she requested her admirers on Instagram.
The previous spouse of film-producing baronet Sir George Sitwell added: ‘Different recommendations (that don’t imply truly happening the sport) welcome, too.’
Martha, 42, who divorced in 2017 and claims she was left virtually bankrupt, tells me she had ‘very optimistic responses’ to her feedback. She provides: ‘I’m nonetheless engaged on [country sports brand], Sitwell & Whippet, and I’m nonetheless writing and modelling.’
TV Phil’s des res is much more fascinating
As you may think, Location, Location, Location presenter Phil Spencer has an enviable dwelling — and he’s simply been been given the go-ahead to make it much more spectacular.
The TV star, 52, utilized to East Hampshire Council to increase the secure block at his £4.3 million nation retreat.
Phil Spencer (pictured) has utilized to East Hampshire Council to increase the secure block at his £4.3 million nation retreat
The six-bedroom property already boasts a tennis courtroom, gymnasium, cinema, video games room, wine cellar and paddocks set in ten acres. Planning officer Luke Turner stated: ‘The proposal is taken into account to be acceptable as it could be in scale and character with the dwelling [and] wouldn’t detract from the character and look of the realm.’
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, who sang at Prince Charles and Diana’s marriage ceremony, is a superb admirer of the Queen Consort’s ex, Andrew Parker Bowles.
‘I’ve met up with him on many, many events through the years,’ says the New Zealand-born soprano, 78. ‘We went on an enormous vacation up in Scotland. He says to me, “Kiri, I used to be the primary actual man to offer you a kiss.”
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (cartoon), who sang at Prince Charles and Diana’s marriage ceremony, is a superb admirer of the Queen Consort’s ex, Andrew Parker Bowles
‘I stated, “Oh, Andrew, come on, please!” He’s an absolute charmer.’
In hit Eighties sitcom To The Manor Born, Peter Bowles performed a nouveau riche grocery store proprietor who purchased Penelope Keith’s character’s £1 million property after the demise of her husband.
In actual life, the debonair actor, who died from most cancers in March aged 85, left his spouse, Susan, £300,000, in line with probate paperwork. He additionally starred in Lytton’s Diary, primarily based on my esteemed predecessor, Nigel Dempster.
Reviews that the King plans to show his mom’s non-public Scottish retreat, Balmoral, right into a museum in her honour have delighted the SNP’s Westminster chief, Ian Blackford.
‘Making Balmoral a year-round customer attraction is one thing King Charles ought to think about,’ he says.
‘Clearly, the components of the fort which might be particularly delicate to the late Queen ought to stay out of bounds.’
Blackford provides: ‘It could present a large increase to each the native economic system and employment. It could additionally assist Balmoral pay its method.’
Soho heiress India Rose James has been left devastated by the demise of her beloved pug Aladdin.
‘I’m fully heartbroken,’ wails India, who attended the launch social gathering for photographer Gavin Bond’s Being There exhibition at Claridge’s resort in Mayfair.
‘Phrases can’t describe how a lot this hurts.’ India, 30, was dubbed the Princess of Soho on the age of 21 when she inherited £329 million from her grandfather, porn baron Paul Raymond.
‘Over ten years of assist, love and companionship is totally irreplaceable,’ she provides. ‘Take pleasure in doggie heaven, the place grandad gained’t have the ability to cease you consuming all of the butter.’