EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: When Crown's Elizabeth Debicki fell short as Diana

EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: When The Crown star Elizabeth Debicki fell short in Princess Diana role

As Diana in The Crown, Elizabeth Debicki recreates some of the Princess’s most celebrated looks, including the off-the-shoulder black ‘revenge dress’, left, that she wore on the same night Prince Charles confessed to adultery in a TV interview with Jonathan Dimbleby.

The Australian actress, 32, has revealed there was, however, one outfit she was desperate to avoid wearing.

‘You can’t wear salmon bike shorts — only Princess Diana could wear them because she was so fit,’ Debicki says of the sports kit Diana wore in 1995, right. 


EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: As Diana in The Crown, Elizabeth Debicki recreates some of the Princess’s most celebrated looks, including the off-the-shoulder black ‘revenge dress’, left

‘I used to say: ‘Please, God, I’ll do anything, I’ll give you anything, just don’t make me wear the shorts’.’

In the end, The Night Manager star was saved from filming the scene: ‘We got up that morning and, like an act of God, this incredible storm had swept through London and it wasn’t safe to go to work. 

‘I honestly nearly got on my knees and thanked the Lord.’

Shock as son says Earl of Bradford is ‘out to lunch’  

A new year is routinely seen as a moment for optimism — an opportunity for a fresh start.

But I fear it hasn’t quite worked out as intended for Alexander Bridgeman, Viscount Newport, thanks to an interview in February’s Tatler.

After reflecting on an eventful 2022 — he married Latvian-born Eliza Liepina last May in a sumptuous, three-day wedding, described by the society magazine as ‘a riot of dinners’ and ‘copious margaritas’ — Newport, 42, turns to how he runs the 12,000-acre family estate very differently from his father, the Earl of Bradford.

The Earl, 75, ‘didn’t appear to show the same eagerness to get his boots dirty’, reports Tatler, preferring to draft in consultants — not always ‘to the ultimate benefit of the land’ — while concentrating on running his London restaurant, Porters in Covent Garden.

Alexander Bridgeman, Viscount Newport married Latvian-born Eliza Liepina last May in a sumptuous, three-day wedding

The Earl’s professional life is over — according to his eldest son. ‘He’s retired now,’ Newport says. ‘He likes to go out to lunch . . .’ The brutal summary stuns Shropshire locals.

‘It’s shocking — very sad,’ one familiar with the estate tells me. It is also inaccurate — if inadvertently so. Mindful of the family motto — Nec temere, nec timide (‘Neither rashly nor timidly’) — Richard Bradford, as the Earl prefers to be known, is disappointed but diplomatic.

‘I have a degree in agriculture, I seldom go out to lunch and I’m definitely not retired,’ Bradford, who has suffered two expensive divorces, tells me. ‘[Alexander] knows I’m not retired, so I have no idea how [that got in]. I didn’t know he was being interviewed.’

He adds: ‘I’m in Ghana, where I taught chemistry for VSO [Voluntary Service Overseas]. One of my former pupils and I have bought 50 acres. We are growing mangos and avocados.’

Might be a struggle to emulate that in Shropshire — even for his ambitious, outspoken son.

Oscar-winning lyricist Don Black, whose classics include Born Free and Diamonds Are Forever, reveals Michael Ball has taken his advice to avoid singing the last note of his hit Love Changes Everything. 

‘That last note is unbelievably high — and he’s always dreading it,’ Black says. 

‘He asked: “What do I do?” And I said: “You sing it, and you do this at the very end — Love will never, never let you be, the . . . Good night, God bless. And walk off.” 

‘And he has done that a few times.’ 

Susan Hill fury at £100m slave fund

The Woman In Black author Susan Hill, grand dame of ghost stories, is horrified the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has given his blessing to a £100 million Church of England fund ‘to address wrongs of slavery’.

He’s done so at a time of financial crisis for parishes. Vicars, she says, ‘will all be ashamed of our history regarding slavery, though it was none of their faults’.

She adds: ‘As they minister to several parishes with dwindling resources, they must be rueful the Archbishop has just “found” £100 million to compensate for slavery generations ago. I’m not rueful, I’m bloody furious.’

Rosie puts boot into BA

Queen Elizabeth’s intrepid cousin Rosie Stancer is the polar explorer who once cut off two toes when in agony with frostbite. 

Now, she’s found herself in another spot of bother, thanks to British Airways.

Stancer, 62, is trekking through America’s spectacular Bryce Canyon National Park, a sprawling reserve in southern Utah, in agony because of her uncomfortable footwear after a travel mishap. The diminutive adventurer arrived in America for her latest expedition without her special boots.

‘Feeling a bit ill-weathered in ill-fitting hiking boots,’ she wails. ‘BA lost my luggage.’

In 2021, she became the first person to cross the Aral Sea by foot. She walked 19 miles a day for 17 days, crossing the dried-up lake which lies between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

Princess takes a very discreet pop at Harry

The Windsors have declined to say a word in public about Prince Harry’s disgraceful memoirs, but foreign royals have no need to be so circumspect.

Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece — whose father-in-law, King Constantine, died this week — shared a photograph that could be seen as a damning comment on Harry’s treachery.

The glamorous wife of Crown Prince Pavlos — now head of the former Greek royal family — shared this image online of a bookshop display in which Harry’s book, Spare, was displayed in Swindon next to How To Kill Your Family, a novel by Bella Mackie. London-born Marie-Chantal did not make a comment, letting the picture speak for itself.

Her family couldn’t be closer to our royals: King Constantine was godfather to Prince William and a nephew of Prince Philip.

Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece — whose father-in-law, King Constantine, died this week — shared a photograph that could be seen as a damning comment on Harry’s treachery

The glamorous wife of Crown Prince Pavlos — now head of the former Greek royal family — shared this image online of a bookshop display in which Harry’s book, Spare, was displayed in Swindon next to How To Kill Your Family

Kate Moss, who turns 49 on Monday, and her fellow supermodel Naomi Campbell, 52, are still the party girls supreme, according to Vogue editor Edward Enninful. 

‘At Kate’s parties, you’ll just be there with a beer in your hand, or whatever you want, listening to Bob Marley one minute, the Rolling Stones the next,’ he says. 

‘Kate is quite devoted, and then the clothes come out and everyone is dressing up.’ 

What she and Naomi have in common is that ‘you never know who is going to show up’, he adds. 

‘It’s all about who’s flown in, or Mick Jagger could be just around the corner.’

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