Year: 2017

What We Learnt: Prince Harry’s Takeover of The Today Programme

Prince Harry’s stint as guest editor on BBC 4’s flagship news programme did not disappoint for its variety and top-draw interview subjects; They don’t come any bigger than the erstwhile occupant of the White House, President Barack Obama and heir to the British throne, Prince Charles [Pa] who has “bored him to tears” banging on about the devastating impact of climate change. And the easy bit? Getting Obama to do his first candid interview since leaving Pennsylvania Avenue last year told us he had friends in high places and an “outsize” voice according to Obama. RELATED STORY: Meghan Markle’s £56,000 Ralph & Russo Engagement Gown He hinted how fiancee Suits actress Meghan Markle had fared well with the in-laws at their Sandringham Christmas get-together, “running around with the kids” of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. He however let his guard down when he let slip: “She’s done an absolutely amazing job, she’s getting in there and it’s the family that I suppose she’s never had.” Now that told us volumes about Markle’s private family …

Queen Lauds Grenfell Spirit in Milestone Christmas Broadcast

Grenfell Tower victims and the firefighters who battled the fatal blaze which claimed 71 lives headlined the Queen’s 60th Christmas Day broadcast. The 91-year-old monarch also praised the resilience of London and Manchester after “appalling attacks”. The “powerful identities” of the capital and the northern English city had shone through after militant attacks as well as the devastating fire that destroyed the residential tower block in west London in June, the Queen said. The 91 year-old monarch, whose televised address is a Christmas staple in Britain, recounted how it had been a privilege to visit victims of the bomb attack at a pop concert in Manchester, as she was able to witness the bravery and resilience of survivors first-hand. On the 60th anniversary of her first televised Christmas address, she said her reflections on the year had made her “grateful for the blessings of home and family”, and praised her husband and his “unique” sense of humour. The Duke of Edinburgh, 96, has been at the queen’s side throughout her 65 years on the throne, …

Too Many Drunk Cooks Spark Festive Fires

London Fire Brigade’s Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety, Dan Daly, has appealed to households in the capital to skip the cooking if they become too drunk: “I hate to be the Christmas Grinch but please avoid getting too tipsy while preparing the turkey and all the trimmings this Christmas. Alcohol and cooking are a dangerous recipe. “The most common Christmas cooking catastrophe is people coming home after they’ve been overdoing the  celebrations on  a night out and deciding to rustle up a quick snack. I’ve lost count of how many house fires I’ve attended where grills and pans have been left on while people fall asleep on the sofa, it’s much safer to pick up a take-away meal  instead.” London drinking statistics at a glance: Last year there were 165 alcohol-related accidental cooking fires The second highest number of alcohol-related cooking fires have been recorded in December (August is the highest) Firefighters have dealt with 994 alcohol-related accidental cooking fires over the past 5 years – that’s an average of 4 fires a week TOP TIPS …

Grosvenor Crescent is UK’s Most Expensive Street with £17m Average Homes

Grosvenor Crescent, located in the heart of Belgravia between Hyde Park Corner and Belgravia Square, is the most expensive residential street in England and Wales, according to the annual research from Lloyds Bank. A typical property on Grosvenor Crescent will cost an average of £16,918,000. Embed from Getty Images Belgravia has long attracted wealthy buyers and famous residents including former prime ministers Stanley Baldwin and Margaret Thatcher to the area due to its graceful white stucco residences, sweeping crescents, private garden squares and closeness to all the amenities of nearby Knightsbridge, Pimlico and Chelsea, to create the nation’s wealthiest district – three of the top five most expensive streets are in Belgravia. Grosvenor Crescent seems to have weathered the storm buffeting property valuations at London’s top-end of the market after the vote to exit the European Union, with the typical price tags unchanged since last December. However same thing cannot be said for next-door neighbours Eaton Square – which topped the bank’s table a year ago – which has seen more than £3m wiped off …

Racy and Lacy: Meghan Markle’s £56,000 Ralph & Russo Engagement Gown

Prince Harry and his American fiancee Suits actress Meghan Markle released a series of portraits on Thursday (December 21) by New York-based fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski to mark their engagement. And the photos went down a storm that Kensington Palace subsequently released a third bonus black and white candid portrait with the couple in a full-length pose. A spokesperson expressed the engaged couple’s gratitude on Instagram: “Thank you so much for all of the wonderful comments following the release of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle’s engagement photographs. ‘The couple are so grateful for the warm and generous messages they have received during such a happy time in their lives. As a way to say thank you, they have decided to share this candid photograph from the day of their portrait sittings directly with all of you.” Lubomirski, a former Mario Testino assistant, famed for his photos of Harry’s mother Princess Diana, took the pictures at the royal retreat of Frogmore House, near Windsor Castle, west of London, where the couple are due to marry on …

Princess Charlotte Joins Toddlers Who Lunch

Princess Charlotte, the two-year-old daughter of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is to start at a nursery school near the family home in west London in January 2018, Kensington Palace has confirmed. The fourth-in-line to the throne will attend the Willcocks Nursery School in Kensington. “We are delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen the Willcocks Nursery School for Princess Charlotte,” the school said in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming Charlotte to our nursery in January.” On its website the school, rated as “outstanding” by government inspectors, describes itself as traditional, saying it “strives to maintain its ethos for high standards, excellence and good manners”. Fees are £3,050 per term for mornings and £1,800 for afternoons. A lunch club comes as an optional extra at £580.00 per term for one afternoon per week, £1160 per term for two afternoons per week and £1740 per term for all three afternoons during the week. The school states as part of its strict admissions policy: “All our fees are payable strictly in advance. A full …

When Harry Quizzed Barack

Interviewing the former most powerful man in the world could be one of the most daunting tasks even for a seasoned broadcaster, but when you are royalty you could be considered bullet-proof. Facing each other across a table with two microphones Prince Harry warms to his task advising his subject, President Barack Obama, erstwhile occupant of the White House about interview techniques warning he will get “the face”, if he takes too long between answers. In the snippet published on the BBC news website Prince Harry grills Obama as guest editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. In the prelude the former president enquires if he needs a British accent and offers to turn the tables and interview Prince Harry. Prince Harry who recently announced his engagement to Suits actress American divorcee Meghan Markle has become close to the Obamas since former first lady Michelle came to tea at Kensington Palace. They also share a joint interest in the welfare of ex-servicemen. President Obama was a guest at this year’s Invictus Games in Canada where the interview …

Royal Wedding: Date Set for Harry and Meghan Marriage

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed on Saturday 19 May 2018 Kensington Palace has confirmed. The couple recently announced their engagement after a 18-month long-distance romance. The wedding will be held at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle with the Royal family footing the estimated £1.5m bill. Related Story: Why Princess Meghan will never become photo icon like Wallis Simpson Markle will also be spending christmas with the Queen at Sandringham in a departure from established royal protocol where the monarch never entertains unmarried spouses of members of the royal family. It continues the rapid transformation of the former Suits actress who has relocated from Canada to London to live with Prince Harry at Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace. She has also performed her first royal engagement in Nottingham and seems to be relishing the challenges of her new life under the media glare. His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle will marry on 19th May 2018. Today’s announcement follows earlier confirmation of the month of the …