EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: King retains many of his mother's team

EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: King retains many of his mother’s team

Queen Consort Camilla’s ditching of centuries of tradition by replacing ladies-in-waiting with chums is in stark contrast with her husband. King Charles is retaining his mother’s team – apart from Susan Hussey who has resigned – as ladies of the household to help him organise official events. Formerly called ladies of the bedchamber, they go back as far as Catherine of Aragon. 

No word yet on whether Camilla will appoint a Mistress of the Robes, the senior lady of the household. The Queen had just two throughout her reign: Mary, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, and then Fortune FitzRoy, Duchess of Grafton. While Camilla breaks with tradition, so does Charles. Ladies-in-waiting usually retire on the death of the monarch.

King Charles is retaining his mother’s team – apart from Susan Hussey who has resigned – as ladies of the household to help him organise official events. Formerly called ladies of the bedchamber, they go back as far as Catherine of Aragon

Prince William, who praised Gareth Bale and his team in Welsh on Twitter after their World Cup elimination, admitted during a trip to Swansea that he still hadn’t entirely mastered the language, practising the words for ‘a cup’ (paned) and ‘Welsh tea bread’ (bara brith). Hopefully, in his consolatory tweet, he had the correct Welsh for ‘sick as a parrot’.

Amateur painter Anneka Rice, pictured, had some explaining to do when her builders let themselves in and found her in the kitchen with a naked man. Describing him as her still life painting subject ‘beautiful Roy’, she explained: ‘He is stark naked, I’m clothed with an apron on, which looked weird, and we hadn’t set up the paints by that stage – so there was no context.’ To paraphrase Peter Cook, the jury will now retire and consider their verdict of guilty.

Amateur painter Anneka Rice, pictured, had some explaining to do when her builders let themselves in and found her in the kitchen with a naked man

Louis Theroux credits his wife Nancy with persuading him to resign from the BBC staff and make more money as a freelancer. ‘I was at the BBC for the best part of 25 years,’ he says. ‘I was sort of quite happy as a wage slave.’ But the last straw was flying economy to a film location and spotting a BBC executive in business class. ‘It was a weird moment. I thought, ‘I make the programmes and I fly economy, and you sell the programmes and you are sipping champagne’.’ Eureka!

Identifying Meg Ryan as her most ‘difficult’ guest during 33 years hosting Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Dame Jenni Murray recalls the Hollywood actress offering only monosyllabic responses when promoting her 1998 film You’ve Got Mail. ‘It’s the only time I’ve stopped an interview because the person was being difficult,’ she says. ‘Actually she was being stupid and horrible.’

Dame Jenni Murray recalls the Hollywood actress offering only monosyllabic responses when promoting her 1998 film You’ve Got Mail. ‘It’s the only time I’ve stopped an interview because the person was being difficult,’ she says

Compare with her YGM co-star Tom Hanks, drenched in pouring rain for hours filming the scene in Road to Perdition where he shoots his surrogate father. ‘I felt really guilty,’ director Sam Mendes tells Empire magazine. ‘I went over to him and said, ‘Are you OK?’ And he looked at me, and said, ‘Am I OK? Well, I’m on the Warner Bros backlot dressed as a gangster and I’m shooting Paul f****** Newman. Of course I’m OK!’

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