EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: King Charles is seeking a soft furnishings upholsterer to keep the rooms at his palaces up to scratch – but for a less-than-regal salary of £25,000-a-year
King Charles is known to mend rather than spend — not least on his favourite old coats. Now he is seeking a soft furnishings upholsterer to keep the rooms at his palaces up to scratch.
The Royal Household advert admits that the post — based at Windsor — will ‘stretch’ the successful applicant. Commanding a less-than-regal annual wage of £25,000 a year, the job description says the new upholsterer will be ‘helping to preserve a collection that will be enjoyed by future generations’.
Royal: King Charles is known to mend rather than spend — not least on his favourite old coats
Having received the title Knight Bachelor in the New Year’s honours list for services to music and charity, Sir Brian May, as he is now known, suggests it’s high time people started acting accordingly.
‘People aren’t bowing enough really, and I haven’t got my Round Table yet, but we’re working on it,’ jokes the 75-year-old Queen guitarist, who is married to former EastEnders actress Anita Dobson, 73.
Sex Education’s Emma won’t get carried away…
Rising acting star Emma Mackey has a word of advice for aspiring actors who are at risk of over-exploiting themselves to make a name in the acting industry.
‘You have to protect yourself because you’ll be very tempted to give way to those sides of yourself because you want to prove yourself and be like, “I can do this and look at all of the stuff I can do, I’ll do anything,” ’ the Sex Education star tells me at a screening in Central London.
The French-British actress, 27, who played Emily Bronte in Emily adds: ‘But actually keep some of that to yourself and keep it for those special ones.’
Mackey is one of the five actors to be nominated for an EE Rising Star Award at this year’s Baftas, it’s the only award to be voted for by the public.
Actor: Rising star Emma Mackey has a word of advice for aspiring actors who are at risk of over-exploiting themselves to make a name in the acting industry
Having informed his children that they wouldn’t be getting any of his estimated £320 million fortune on his demise, Sting rubbed salt in the wound by telling two of them who did go into the music industry that it’s not all about making money.
Describing his life advice to Joe, whose band Fiction Plane supported The Police on their 2007-2009 reunion tour, and Eliot, who’s released three albums, the 71-year-old says: ‘I did tell them that music is always its own reward, and it’s not about having hits or selling concert tickets or having platinum discs.
‘They said, “Well, it’s all right for you, Dad.”’
Last year Sting swelled his coffers even further, by flogging his back catalogue in a deal reportedly worth £183 million.
Shh! Loyal pals plan a big do for Dame Viv
Despite her fame and lust for publicity, Queen of Punk Dame Vivienne Westwood, who died in December, had a very low-key funeral at a small Peak District church, with just a scattering of close friends and family.
But I can reveal that a big high society send-off is now being organised which will allow supermodel Kate Moss and most of Dame Vivienne’s famous friends to mourn the designer at a memorial service to be held in London.
That’s according to one of Dame Vivienne’s best pals, celebrity photographer Ki Price, whose famous subjects have included Johnny Depp.
‘Was there even a funeral?’ he asks me at the launch of artist Ray Rossi’s exhibition at Red Eight Gallery, Royal Exchange.
‘I’ve always been loyal to Vivienne so don’t really want to talk about it. But there is something happening now. I expect everybody will be there.’
Eddie Redmayne won an Olivier for his menacing turn as the Emcee in last year’s revival of Cabaret at the Kit Kat club in London’s West End.
And the 41-year-old Oscar winner got himself geared up to perform the song Two Ladies, by, erm, taking all his clothes off.
Talent: Eddie Redmayne won an Olivier for his menacing turn as the Emcee in last year’s revival of Cabaret at the Kit Kat club in London’s West End
‘When we were in rehearsal, we were trying to come up with ideas and it was good but a bit polite. There was a moment when we were encouraged to try something different and . . . basically I stripped almost naked to humiliate myself as much as possible.
‘When you see that moment in the show, that song is like an orgy, with positions you can never imagine people getting into and copies of Mein Kampf being used for horrendously inappropriate things.’ Achtung!
The smart set’s talking about… Daredevil Delphi’s 80mph Cresta Run
She turned heads before Christmas by dyeing her locks red, but now Delphi Primrose — third of Lord Dalmeny’s five-strong brood with ex-wife Caroline — is a high-speed blur.
The Tatler cover girl, who’s on the books of Storm Models, has just sped, head-first, down the Cresta Run, the fearsome toboggan ice track in St Moritz, from which women were barred in 1929 — a ban finally lifted in 2018.
‘It was feared that they’d damage their breasts on the toboggans, causing breast cancer,’ says a Cresta member, reminding me that expert riders hurtle along at more than 80 mph.
Happily, Delphi, 19, seen celebrating her achievement (right), made it down all in one piece.
Achievement: She turned heads before Christmas by dyeing her locks red, but now Delphi Primrose — third of Lord Dalmeny’s five-strong brood with ex-wife Caroline — is a high-speed blur
Late broadcasting hero and Voice Of Rugby Bill McLaren, who would have been in his 100th year, will be sorely missed today as the Six Nations kicks off.
However, I can reveal his family are keeping his sporting influence alive. This week, a lifesize bull made of metal is being sold by the foundation set up in his name, and ‘Bull McLaren’ is hoping to fetch several thousand to invest in nurturing new talent in his sport. Bull is up for grabs at a fundraiser in Edinburgh. Daughter Linda Lawson tells me: ‘We are going to launch a schools tournament in Dad’s hometown Hawick in his name.’
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