EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: India Hicks’ saucy secret to spice up sport this summer as she soaks up the sun in the Bahamas
King Charles’ goddaughter India Hicks has brightened up her summer with a very spirited game. The granddaughter of the 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma likes to play pickleball, a racket game, but with an erotic addition.
“My friend introduced me to, “Things you can say during sex as well as during pickleball,” India, one of Princess Diana’s bridesmaids, tells me. “A few suggestions came in from friends when we asked for ideas.” Examples include: “We need more practice,” “Do you have time for one more?”, “Watching videos really helps,” and “We need to find a nice couple to do this with.”
The interior designer, 55, says she plays pickleball “sitting still, not wearing much,” because of the “damn hot” weather in the Bahamas, where she lives with her husband, David Flint Wood.
King Charles’ goddaughter India Hicks has brightened up her summer with a very spirited game
Bianca Jagger may seem like an unlikely role model for a young captain in His Majesty’s Forces. But the Nicaraguan firecracker turned human rights activist – first wife of Sir Mick and mother of Jade – is an inspiration to Elizabeth Godwin, the first woman to be appointed to The Life Guards.
Society magazine Tatler describes Godwin off duty as “captivating in an array of dazzling sequin dresses and vintage sheepskin coats” – which may be why her regiment put her in charge of the end-of-summer party, dubbed “Operation Studio 54,” in homage to the hedonistic nightclub in New York from the seventies. It was there, on the dance floor, that Bianca was photographed astride a white horse.
Society magazine Tatler describes off-duty Godwin as “captivating in an array of dazzling sequin dresses and vintage sheepskin coats”
The rooms of Hyde Park Barracks in Knightsbridge, London, will be transformed into Studio 54 for the mess party. The parking lot becomes a nightclub with a red carpet and Harvey Nichols disco balls. Soul singers will perform for the 300 guests.
“Anyone who’s ever gone to Studio 54 and had the most outrageous nights… and of course anyone who’s been to an army party knows they’re so much fun,” says Captain Godwin.
But will she climb on horseback like Bianca? “That’s the ambition.”
Fiona Barratt, 43, married English football star Sol Campbell in 2010
She inherited her irrepressible work ethic from her grandfather, Sir Lawrie Barratt, Britain’s most prolific – and best-known – homebuilder.
But at the age of 43, Fiona Barratt, who worked seven days a week from 8am to midnight on projects for the likes of Sir Richard Branson and the Marquess of Bute – even after marrying English football star Sol Campbell in 2010 – has reunited her assessed. priorities.
I can tell you that she ended her interior design business. “The lockdown has made me realize that I am only human,” she says. “I’ve traveled a great deal.” The mother of three adds: ‘As much as I enjoy it, it is extremely stressful.’
But hanging out isn’t the Barratt way. Her showrooms – in London and New York – are now dedicated to her furniture company, FBC London.
His grandfather, Sir Arthur ‘Bomber’ Harris, led a campaign that trapped a million able-bodied Germans, preventing them from joining the land battle against the Allies. So it’s perhaps not surprising that when Tom Assheton fell victim to a crime at his home in Stockwell, south London this week, he didn’t give it a second thought.
“I just got back from meeting John Woodhouse, a fantastic Bomber Command veteran, now 99, who won the DFC before his 21st birthday,” says Assheton, co-host of the Bloody Violent History podcast. “I was expecting a package from Amazon: a few metal files for my Morris Minor and a small spare fuel tank for my old motorcycle.”
Tom Assheton expected an Amazon package, only to find an empty box
After finding only an empty box, he checked his security video, filmed through his doorbell. It showed the Amazon delivery man, followed by a figure “limping down the street on a crutch.” When the ‘crippled’ man saw the package, he ‘thumped up the stairs, grabbed the package and ran off’.
A neighbor, who found the box – minus the contents – brought it back to Assheton’s door so he knew what had happened.
Assheton circulated the video to a local WhatsApp group. A day later, members warned him that the “cripple” was sitting outside a nearby subway station. “I got into the Morris Minor and went to see if I could confront him. Sure, he was there. I called the police.’
Assheton, 60, a former Household Cavalry officer, was shocked by the reaction. “About eight police officers showed up in four cars.” But the policewoman who questioned the suspect, who spoke with a foreign accent and had no disability, told Assheton that the value of the stolen goods – around £40 – was ‘too small’.
She said, ‘It’s already registered. This (incident) will be included in his file. Send the video clip; that also ends up in his file”. The last thing I heard her say (to him) was, ‘Don’t hang around in this area.’
One of her colleagues felt sorry for Assheton and “rolled his eyes” at the lack of action.
Like so many in Sadiq Khan’s London, where this week saw a machete-wielding thug run amok at Notting Hill Carnival, Assheton has had enough
Like so many in Sadiq Khan’s London, where this week saw a machete-wielding thug run amok during Notting Hill Carnival, Assheton has had enough. “In the past year, people have been ruthlessly robbed in this area. Anything that isn’t stuck – building materials, packages, my £500 worth of tools – anything. They are all stolen.
“I have a friend who is from Finland,” he adds. “She said one Finnish policeman would have come by to handle the whole thing.”
Put aside the Redgraves and Foxes, there’s a new acting dynasty in town. Hattie Dynevor, top right, who attended the Chaos Karts launch party in Manchester this week, has just landed a role in the new series of BBC school drama Waterloo Road.
The 19-year-old’s sister, Phoebe, top left, has become a household name, thanks to her role in the bodice-ripping Netflix series Bridgerton. Phoebe, 28, appeared in Waterloo Road in 2009.
Their mother, Sally Dynevor, has played Sally Metcalfe in Coronation Street for over thirty years.
Keep it to yourself, but…
A ‘happily’ married former Tory minister under David Cameron has fathered a child with the glamorous, estranged wife of a television newscaster.
Jeremy Clarkson isn’t the only TV personality looking to start a new life on a tractor.
Newsreader Colin Brazier leafs through the book of the Clarkson’s Farm star and has enrolled as a (very) mature student at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, Gloucestershire.
The former Sky News, GB News and LBC star, 55, says he was first inspired to pursue a farming career after he left London for the countryside with his late wife Jo 15 years ago. She passed away from breast cancer at the age of 55 in 2018, leaving him a single father of six.
Newsreader Colin Brazier takes a leaf out of the book by the Clarkson’s Farm star and has enrolled as a (very) mature student at the Royal Agricultural University
‘We had a few hectares for ponies and a tractor, which put the farm hares to work,’ he says. ‘While traveling to Sky News early, I listened to BBC radio’s Farming Today, and I was always struck by how many sensible farmers spoke, often more sensibly than the people who appeared on the Today program that followed.
‘My conversion to farming owes nothing to Clarkson (although I do admire him). A local agronomist took me under his wing, and I was inspired by him and agricultural activists to see it as both a noble calling and an overlooked national priority.”
Last year I announced that Brazier had found love — with Olivia Warham, 53, a family friend who also lost her husband to cancer. ‘We now have a few acres in Wiltshire and my new partner and I have nine children together. There must be enough farm workers available to bring in the harvest.’