The Crown invents a scene where Kate Middleton encounters Prince William, becomes smitten and sets out to get her man.
The soap opera ends before Meghan teamed up with Harry so there will be no tampering with that fairytale. She professed to know nothing of him before they met although it became clear she had studied royalty closely.
Her childhood pal Ninaki Priddy shared a picture of their visit to Buck House.
‘It’s like she has been planning this all her life,’ said Priddy of the engagement. ‘She wants to be Princess Diana 2.0.’ Might The Crown still weave its fictional take on this romance?
Roman classicist Mary Beard is emulating Caesar’s wife Calpurnia this Christmas by staying home and preparing the festive feast herself.
‘I don’t want anyone chipping in,’ she says. ‘I prefer to do all the festive cooking myself!’ Mercifully, off Dame Mary’s menu are ancient Roman dishes including sow’s udder, baked thrush and hare decorated with wings to resemble Pegasus.
Roman classicist Mary Beard is emulating Caesar’s wife Calpurnia this Christmas by staying home and preparing the festive feast herself
Superannuated Sex Pistol John Lydon mourns his business manager John ‘Rambo’ Stevens who has died at 66. ‘No minute’s silence for Rambo will ever do,’ he spouts. ‘Scream for him till your lungs burst and then scream more. Send him to heaven with a rebel yell.’
Festive gift-giving prompts recollection of the American radio station which asked ambassadors in the late 1940s what they wanted for Christmas. The French chose world peace and Russia wanted freedom for those enslaved by imperialists. Our man in Washington, Sir Oliver Franks, was more literal. ‘I’d quite like a box of crystallised fruit.’