Harry’s ejection from Frogmore Cottage confirms his demotion from Council of State. While King Charles’ tinkering with the list of advisers – promoting Anne and Edward and demotioning Harry and Andrew – was enough, the lack of residency in the UK confirms Harry’s descent. His residency in the United States does not conflict with his place in the line of succession. Perhaps the king and William should abide by the rule that monarch and heir travel separately. If anything happened to either of them before George was 18, Harry would become Prince Regent. And if he declines, the honor falls to Andrew.
EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Harry’s ejection from Frogmore Cottage confirms his demotion from Council of State
What does Sarah Fergsuon play on? When asked what she thought of the Duchess of Sussex, Fergie replied: “I don’t really know Meghan. I didn’t really get to know her.” According to Harry, when he and Meghan visited Fergie on their way to Meghan’s first meeting with the Queen, she asked, “Do you know how to curtsy?” Harry wrote, “Fergie demonstrated once . Meg imitated her… As we walked to the door, Fergie and I both leaned against Meg and whispered brief memories.’ Curious how the memories vary.
EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: What are the odds that Jessica Fellowes (pictured left), the niece of Julian Fellowes of Downton Abbey, would scatter herbs in front of the king at his coronation?
What are the chances that Jessica Fellowes, niece of Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes, will scatter herbs in front of the king at his coronation? Charles was apparently struck by the bouquet of flowers, herbs and spices he wore when handing out the Royal Maundy last year.
And last month he enjoyed tossing rose petals on a walkabout down Brick Lane. But don’t place bets at Paddy Power just yet. Pictured writer Jessica, who has applied to revive the role of royal herb shaker, could hit the herb fritters with the ban on confetti and rice at Westminster Abbey. It clogs every nook and cranny and wreaks havoc on the lifeguards.
Former Daily Mail cartoonist Trog, aka Wally Fawkes, who has died aged 98, was recently looking for a flu shot and explained: “I was in the doctor’s waiting room with a lot of slightly anxious elderly people in various stages of decline, as a sound of music came over the speakers. It was Frank Sinatra singing, ‘And now the end is near…’ We all looked at each other and exploded with joy.’
Gyles Brandreth, who turns 75 tomorrow, recalls his presidency of the Oxford Union when guest speaker Jeremy Thorpe was hot for him. “He was jumping around the boardroom, literally leaping over the pews, in his obvious eagerness to greet me,” Gyles tells the oldie. You narrowly escaped, Gyles. Jeremy in love could have shot your dog.
EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Gyles Brandreth, who turns 75 tomorrow, recalls his presidency of the Oxford Union when guest speaker Jeremy Thorpe was keen on him
Acknowledging his “spectacularly unsuccessful” early attempts at love, ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ author Richard Curtis told the Radio Times, ‘I remember going to a wedding. There was a girl. We had a dance. I thought, “This is heaven.” She said, “Where are you staying tonight?” And instead of saying, ‘Wherever you live…’ I said, ‘I’m going back with my friend John and we’re going to play Boggle.’ I never saw her again.’