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SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Is a new royal interview on the cards?

Prince William has already angrily voiced his disgust at the racism claim made in Prince Harry and Meghan’s ‘tell-all’ interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Now, he and Kate could give their own explosive side of the story.

For it’s been revealed that William privately made clear that he would not follow the Queen’s policy of never giving an interview when he becomes King.

The comment was made at a dinner attended by Tony Blair’s former right-hand man, Alastair Campbell.

It’s been revealed that William privately made clear that he would not follow the Queen’s policy of never giving an interview when he becomes King. He is pictured above with Kate announcing their engagement in 2010

Speaking on the Mail+ show Palace Confidential, Campbell discloses: ‘I was at a dinner once where Prince William was the guest and there was a Q&A. I asked the question whether, when he became King, and possibly when his dad became King, they would continue the tradition of the monarch never giving interviews.

‘He said he thought that ship had sailed, which I thought was quite interesting.’

The Queen has always taken the view that it would be a mistake for her to give a sit-down interview. 

Daily Mail columnist John Humphrys once asked her at a private lunch at Buckingham Palace if she would grant him an interview.

‘I went into a big spiel and said: ‘These are the reasons why you could, you know?’ And she listened to me very patiently then said: ‘No… And what’s more, Mr Humphrys, if one were ever to do such an interview, it would certainly not be with you.’

Prince Charles has, however, given an interview, to Jonathan Dimbleby, which is best remembered for his confession that he had committed adultery with Camilla Parker Bowles during his marriage to Princess Diana.

William and Kate have only ever given one television interview, to their friend Tom Bradby, on the day that their engagement was announced in 2010.

Of course, the Newsnight interview that William’s uncle, Prince Andrew, gave to Emily Maitlis serves as an object lesson in how such events can go horribly wrong.

Joanna Lumley is determined that opera-goers will have an absolutely fabulous time when shows start again. The Ab Fab star is offering picnic tips to audience members at Grange Park Opera, where her husband, Stephen Barlow, is due to conduct two productions. 

She came up with the idea after chatting to chum Wasfi Kani, who founded the opera company, now at West Horsley Place estate in Surrey. Hard boiled eggs are Joanna’s first recommendation. 

‘If you add flaky onion skins to the water as they cook, they go tawny brown, and you can write people’s names on them in gold,’ she adds. 

Vegetarian Lumley’s favourite sandwiches are Marmite-flavoured houmous with pumpkin seeds. She also suggests Medjoul dates, strawberries and, inevitably, champagne. Surely, it must be Bolly, darling? 

Gosling’s pad on sale for £18.4m

The beloved home of colourful National Car Parks tycoon Sir Donald Gosling may be broken up after being put on the market this week for a whopping £18.4 million.

The Leander Estate, in Hampton Wick, Surrey, is being offered for sale as a whole or individual properties. The estate agent describes it as ‘one of the finest estates to grace the banks of the Thames’, with ‘superb scope to develop subject to planning’.

A great friend of the Royal Family, Sir Donald, who died in 2019 aged 90, used to hold £150,000 firework displays in his garden and invite all the neighbours. He named his estate and superyacht — which was used by Prince Charles and Camilla on their 2008 Caribbean royal tour — after the Royal Navy warship he served on, HMS Leander.

Motor mouth Chris Evans now makes more money from selling used cars than he does from broadcasting.

The Virgin Radio presenter has just recorded a £1.8 million increase in earnings for his media business, Zimple Ltd, which saw its reserves rise to £4.4 million, according to newly published accounts. 

But he’s already made nearly £6 million from closing down another company, Auto Holdings Ltd, which sold his own collection of classic cars. 

Evans, 55, parted with his Ginger Media Group for a reported £225 million in 2000, personally pocketing around £35 million.

While many of us are struggling to fit into clothes from 20 weeks ago, after lockdown laziness, Tess Daly boasts she can still wear outfits that are two decades old

While many of us are struggling to fit into clothes from 20 weeks ago, after lockdown laziness, Tess Daly boasts she can still wear outfits that are two decades old

Tess gives views on her old trews

While many of us are struggling to fit into clothes from 20 weeks ago, after lockdown laziness, Tess Daly boasts she can still wear outfits that are two decades old.

‘I rediscovered these Juicy Couture trousers from about 20 years ago,’ she says, sharing a picture of herself wearing the black and white pair. 

‘Feels like a win.’

The Strictly co-host, who turns 52 this month, eats healthily but never denies herself treats: ‘I’m a big believer in moderation. I’ve always got a bag of Haribo about me.’

Gone Girl Emily’s vanishing mum tum… in 3 weeks

Forget the cosy knitwear of Nora Batty or Val Doonican — Emily Ratajkowski proves that cardies can be alluring.

While covering up her face on a stroll yesterday in New York, the 29-year-old Gone Girl actress showed off her remarkably toned midriff in a barely buttoned cardigan, just over three weeks after the birth of her first child, Sylvester Apollo Bear.

Ratajkowski, who was born in London to American parents, is married to film producer Sebastian Bear-McClard.

The actress provoked much comment during her pregnancy when she declared that she didn’t want to know Sylvester’s gender.

‘We won’t know until our child is 18 and they’ll let us know then,’ she explained. 

A pregnant Emily is pictured above

She is pictured three weeks after giving birth

Goodbye bump: A pregnant Emily is pictured above left and again right, three weeks after giving birth

Housework must be a husband’s Forte, says Lydia 

The elder of Forte's two daughters, Lydia (above), has publicly called on husbands to pick up a feather duster

The elder of Forte’s two daughters, Lydia (above), has publicly called on husbands to pick up a feather duster

Is hotelier Sir Rocco Forte’s son-in-law failing to do his fair share of the housework?

I ask only because the elder of Forte’s two daughters, Lydia (right), has publicly called on husbands to pick up a feather duster.

‘For me and my most ambitious and brilliant girlfriends, starting families seems to be the moment that many of their careers start to play second fiddle to that of their husbands or partners,’ says Lydia, 33, who is six months pregnant with her second child with Dimitri Chandris (below), a Greek shipping heir and City banker.

‘There is still some way to go in most families for men to do their fair share in the home, which makes it harder for women to commit to their careers in the same way as men do in their 30s and 40s.

'For me and my most ambitious and brilliant girlfriends, starting families seems to be the moment that many of their careers start to play second fiddle to that of their husbands or partners,' says Lydia, 33, who is six months pregnant with her second child with Dimitri Chandris (above), a Greek shipping heir and City banker

‘For me and my most ambitious and brilliant girlfriends, starting families seems to be the moment that many of their careers start to play second fiddle to that of their husbands or partners,’ says Lydia, 33, who is six months pregnant with her second child with Dimitri Chandris (above), a Greek shipping heir and City banker

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