Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are not the only ones moving to the Royal Berkshires.
I can report that Catherine’s sister Pippa has splashed out around £15m on one of the most beautiful stately homes in the county with her investment banker husband James Matthews.
And they’re going to need some extra space because I’m told she’s pregnant with their third child.
“Pippa and her family are delighted,” the friend confirms. “It’s a very exciting time in their lives. They are looking forward to living closer to her parents.”
I can report that Catherine’s sister Pippa has splashed out around £15m on one of the most beautiful stately homes in the county with her investment banker husband James Matthews
Pippa and James Matthews are pictured moving into a house about 20 minutes from her parents
The Georgian mansion, which Pippa, 38, and her Eton-educated husband, 46, bought, was the subject of a painstaking multi-million pound restoration by the previous owner
Their new home is about a 20-minute drive from Michael and Carole Middleton’s home in Bucklebury
Their new home is about a 20-minute drive from Michael and Carole Middleton’s home in Bucklebury. Pippa’s brother, James, bought a farmhouse in the county for £1.45m last year with his French wife Alizie. Meanwhile, Prince William and Catherine, who have three children, are considering buying a number of properties on the Queen’s Windsor estate. All their children will start at the same private school in the district in September.
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The Georgian mansion, which Pippa, 38, and her Eton-educated husband, 46, bought, was the subject of a painstaking multi-million pound restoration by the previous owner. It was not known to be on the market and the sale is said to have been done privately.
It has around 30 rooms and lots of outdoor space where kids can play with their royal cousins on around 150 acres that lead to the river.
Pippa, who once wrote a book full of entertaining tips, will be able to grow produce in a huge walled garden and greenhouses.
“It’s a much more impressive property than any of the Windsor estates apart from the castle,” a local tells me.
The removal truck was spotted this week parked outside the couple’s home in Chelsea, West London, which Matthews, a former professional racing driver, bought for £17million in 2015. It is not clear whether they will stay at home in the capital.
University of Edinburgh graduate Pippa married James, whose brother is reality TV star Spencer Matthews, in 2017 and they have a three-year-old son and a 16-month-old daughter.
James’ father, David Matthews, is the laird of Glen Africa, a 10,000-acre estate in Scotland. His parents also own the Eden Rock resort on the Caribbean island of St. Barts.
The Georgian mansion, which Pippa, 38, and her Eton-educated husband, 46, bought, was the subject of a painstaking multi-million pound restoration by the previous owner. It was not known to be on the market and the sale is said to have been done privately
Cope with the stormy Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber was once “practically dragged” out of a West End theater after he threw his toys out of a pram during a preview of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Veteran West End musical director Mike Dixon recalls how the composer was “excited” when he watched a repeat show at the Lyceum, which had “some serious sound problems” in the newly refurbished theatre.
“The sound issues, of course, hadn’t been resolved yet, and the inevitable frustration poured out of him like a mini-volcano,” Dixon recalls in his recently published memoir, Turn Around And Take A Bow! — My Music Life: “I noticed that the audience noticed this, so I very forcefully told him to get out of the audience and into the relative peace of the bar.
Andrew Lloyd Webber was once “practically dragged” out of a West End theater after he threw his toys out of a pram during a preview of Jesus Christ Superstar
“We were only a couple of rows from the exit, so I practically dragged him with me. When we got there he started to express his frustration and I told him very loudly and in the nicest way possible, “Shut up.” I explained that, of course, the sound is not normal yet, the soundproofing elements still need to be installed.”
Lord Lloyd-Webber later apologized and thanked him for “saving him the embarrassment”.
Didn’t the boy Bruce succeed
Single since her beloved husband, TV legend Sir Bruce Forsyth, died in 2017 aged 89, Villenelia made a rare public appearance at the Cadwell Butterfly Ball, accompanied by their son Jonathan Joseph.
Known as JJ, the 35-year-old was unrecognizable at the event in London’s Leicester Square compared to this photo of him with his mother and the Strictly Come Dancing host when JJ was eight.
JJ, who was educated at the £44,000-a-year Charterhouse School, played in a heavy metal band called JunkCake.
His 64-year-old mother, a former Miss World from Puerto Rico, inherited almost all of Sir Bruce’s £11.5m fortune.
Single since her beloved husband, TV legend Sir Bruce Forsyth, died in 2017 aged 89, Villenelia made a rare public appearance at the Butterfly Ball in Cowdwell, accompanied by their son Jonathan Joseph
Emanuel, who handles Dee’s clothes, cuts Meghan’s style
David Emanuel and his then-wife Elizabeth created Diana’s spectacular wedding dress, but he is not a fan of the princess-in-law.
– Do you mean an American woman? he asks me. “I can’t say the name right now.”
Referring to the ivory dress the Duchess of Sussex wore to the Platinum Jubilee service at St Paul’s Cathedral (right), Emmanuel says it reminded him of another American divorcee who married a prince: “I tell you who she shows — Wally Simpson.”
Of the Dior belted coat and skirt ensemble, he says, “I’ll stick my neck out here, but she looked like she was in a nurse’s uniform. And why are they there? Of course I can understand Her Majesty wanting a grandson, but they are not members of the Royal Family.’
The former participant of the “I’m a Celebrity” contest believes that Harry’s quarrel with his brother would not have happened if their mother had not died in a car accident. “If Diana was alive, everything would be solved,” he says.
Speaking at a drinks party at Clarendon Fine Art in Mayfair, Emmanuel, 69, added of former Suits star Meghan: “They say she’s a movie star but she’s not.
“She’s a B-list TV actress and that’s it. She’s not Glenn Close.”
David Emanuel and his then-wife Elizabeth created Diana’s stunning wedding dress, but he is not a fan of the princess-in-law, who he describes as “American”.
Sienna is excited to see her best friend tie the knot
Being invited to the wedding of actress Sienna Miller means that the bride is always in danger of being overshadowed.
However, her best friend Tori Cook was willing to take a chance when they exchanged vows in West London this week.
As the newlyweds posed on the steps of Chelsea’s Old Town Hall after the ceremony, groom DJ Hugo Heathcote, 45, however, looked more interested in posing with the Hollywood star, 40 (far left), than with his new wife.
Cook, 40, who wore a dapper white pantsuit, has been a friend of Miller since childhood and works as her publicist.
Tori, who has two daughters with Heathcote, is the sister of James Cook, the husband of actress Poppy Delevingne.
“I love you so much Tori,” Sienna wrote on social media in the past. ‘You are my everything.’ Sienna, who was once engaged to ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’ star Jude Law, showed off the bling in her £350 pink Self Portrait outfit.
The star of films including Layer Cake and American Sniper gave birth to a child with actor Tom Sturridge, 36, but is now dating a man 15 years her junior, Burberry model Ollie Green.
[Very] Modern manners
Waspish Strictly Come Dancing star Craig Revel Horwood is even tougher with his opinions in real life.
“I really have to apologize to this person I set up a blind date with,” admits the 57-year-old choreographer, who is now engaged, and says he used the app to set up the date.
“I said, ‘I’ll meet you at this restaurant.’ I reserved a table at the front and was 20 minutes late for it to be there.
“I looked out the window and went on – he does not look like his photo at all.
“If you say you have a 30-inch waist and it turns out to be 50 inches, it looks completely different.”
I believe flags will be flown at half-mast in Kent this weekend in honor of the lovely, self-styled ‘tough old bat’ and former High Sheriff of the county, Viscountess Monckton of Brenchley, who has died aged 93. A year ago, Marianne Monkton, the mother of Princess Diana’s friend Rosa, shot her head off when bailiffs arrived at her home near Maidstone, wrongly claiming she owed £1,500 for a water bill on land she did not own. She guided them through what she called her father’s “best sea language.”