Perhaps a touch of projection here

Prince Charles’s time at school is widely thought to have been far from happy – and he is reported to have even described it as “Colditz in kilts”.

But his Scottish boarding school has hit back after Netflix drama The Crown depicted an unhappy, bullied Charles struggling with cross country runs and hostile classmates.

Gordonstoun School has pointed to a speech the Prince made in the House of Lords, as well as an interview printed in the Observer Magazine, to suggest that he has a more nuanced view of his education that the drama suggests.

Both took place in the 1970s, less than 20 years after he attended the school, and paint the Prince’s time at Gordonstoun in a more positive light than the drama.

Episode 9 of its second series chronicles the Prince’s experiences at the school, focusing on his shabby dormitory, hostile classmates and freezing morning runs.

It also includes a flashback to his father Prince Phillip’s experience at the school, which is located in the north east of Scotland.

Fritz – Peter – Morgan might be projecting a little here. Although Downside really wasn’t that bad when we were there.

No, no, we really shouldn’t laugh

Lily Allen has sparked a furious Twitter backlash after claiming she is unable to move back to the London flat she owns because her tenants are claiming ‘diplomatic immunity’.
The row has seen the singer accused of ‘profiteering’ by renting out the property to wealthy foreigners instead of taking in refugees as she had previously pledged.
In the now-deleted tweet, Ms Allen wrote: ‘Meant to be moving back into my flat this week, but my tenants just dropped that they can’t find anywhere to go up to their standards.
‘Then they said they’re diplomats and have diplomatic immunity and there’s nothing I can do about it.

Unconvinced that diplomatic immunity works that way but still.

Hmm, well

A backing singer for Joss Stone has accused Sir Richard Branson of ‘putting his face in her cleavage’ during a party at his luxurious Necker Island resort.
Antonia Jenae, 44, claims the Virgin boss made an ‘engine boat noise’ as the incident happened.

I know someone who vaguely knows Branson in private life. Well, sorta private life, F1 races, parties, that sort of thing.

His remark one day was that Branson seems to have a rather large and ever changing cast of nieces.

You what?

Terry Adams, a former gangster whose family “firm” is linked to 25 murders, contacted the former Formula One boss offering to help to negotiate financial and other arrangements.

He is assisting James Stunt, a gold trader, after the collapse of his six-year marriage to Petra Ecclestone, 28. Mr Adams is godfather to Mr Stunt

The things you learn in divorce proceedings.

James Stunt

His international man of mystery act is all well and good, but a fluctuating weight and preference for shiny suits combine, at times, to give him the air of a David Brent rather than a James Bond.

I think we can take it that the Mail doesn’t like him.

There is an age at which this happens for actresses

American star Doris Day has received a birthday surprise – she has discovered that she is 95, not 93.

Some number of years of insisting on holding back time and then, when the achievement is running the other way…..

And of course there is always that lovely old joke. She married very young, had a kid, then went on to play all those wholesome innocents. Leading to one ungallant claiming to be so old he knew Doris before she was a virgin.

Couldn’t this be interesting?

‘Britain’s biggest divorce’: Sir Shifty’s multi-millionaire best friend Richard Caring, 68, ‘faces £350m bill after walking out on his wife, 67, to move into £32m mansion with Brazilian lover half her age’
Richard Caring, 68, has allegedly split from his wife of 45 years, Jacqui
Restaurateur and fashion mogul said to have moved in with new partner
Reportedly dumped wife for 35-year-old Brazilian with whom he has son
Jacqui, 67, could be in line for £350m in one of Britain’s richest divorces
Mogul Mr Caring owns several exclusive London eateries including The Ivy and is best friends with Topshop and former BHS owner Sir Philip Green

There is a rumour, entirely unfounded we’re all absolutely certain, that not all of those restaurants and the like were entirely and wholly financed directly. Some nonsensical tale about non-dom status making it convenient for someone domiciled to be the underlying investor, can’t quite understand the whole allegation myself.

A contested divorce would of course put all such stories to rest, wouldn’t it?

Why?

Incredible drone footage shows the Church of Scientology’s secretive ‘Gold Base’ HQ – complete with a special gym, suite and full-sized theater just for Tom Cruise

Wouldn’t he fit into a half sized one?

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard – what larks!

Amber Heard has demanded that her ex-husband Johnny Depp double the amount that is paid to charity following their divorce settlement.
She recently pledged to donate the $7m (£5.3m) settlement to two charities for abused women and ill children.
But he has begun to donate the money directly in her name, instead of giving it to her first, leading her to accuse him of trying to reduce his total bill.
She said he must now “honour the full amount by donating $14m to charity”.
On Thursday, the Pirates of the Caribbean star revealed he had paid the first instalments of the original $7m sum to the charities “in the name of Amber Heard”.

So, Johnny’s claiming the charitable donation tax credit then.

Which is very fun because it means that Amber Heard cannot.

An interesting question – is a divorce settlement a taxable event? If it isn’t then this would be the sort of thing to drive Heard into an absolute rage.

Imagine, that it isn’t taxable to her, that $7 million. So, she gets all the kudos of donating it all to charity. And then gets a $7 million write off against her own taxes which, in CA would be about 50% of total income.

She don’t get this credit now. Johnny does. She’s what, $3.5 million worse off because he’s donating directly? Woman scorned and all that.

All does depend on whether a divorce settlement is taxable of course. Dunno. Dennis?

Don’t Panic! Don’t Panic! Restaurant will be restocked by Friday!

The boss of the disgraced Kids Charity has come under fire once again – for dining at one of the world’s best restaurants.
Camila Batmanghelidjh, the founder of the now-defunct Kids Charity, was seen on a jaunt to the upmarket, Michellin-starred Pied a Terre restaurant in Fitzrovia, London.

Former Director of the charity Kids Company, Camila Batmanghelidjh seen at the highly priced celebrity restaurant Pied a Terre in London. Camila spent 2 hours in the posh eaterie after she left in her chauffeur driven £32,000 toyota hibrid car. The chauffeur was the same man as she used to have when she was at the helm of the failed charity Kids Company. Only one month ago the restaurant hosted the 101st birthday of american multi billionairre David Rockefeller who chose the very same place for his celebrations.

Former Director of the charity Kids Company, Camila Batmanghelidjh seen at the highly priced celebrity restaurant Pied a Terre in London. Camila spent 2 hours in the posh eaterie after she left in her chauffeur driven £32,000 toyota hibrid car. The chauffeur was the same man as she used to have when she was at the helm of the failed charity Kids Company. Only one month ago the restaurant hosted the 101st birthday of american multi billionairre David Rockefeller who chose the very same place for his celebrations.

The problem with Michael Jackson’s ranch

Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch has been reduced to a dry and dusty shadow of its former glory, seven years after the singer’s death.
New photographs, taken earlier this week, show that the property in Los Olivos, California now looks more like an unloved ghost town than the sprawling theme park it once was.
Jackson bought the ranch in 1987 for $19.5 million and lived there until authorities raided the property in 2003, when Jackson faced accusations of child molestation.

It’s simply in the wrong place. Wrong valley, wrong side of the mountains, 50 miles from where people would happily pay $100 million and up for it. Used to live just up the coast and know the area vaguely. Where it actually is is as close to redneck country as coastal (and it’s not even very coastal) California ever gets.

This works well later in life too

Daniel de Blanke, a freelance composer whose daughter has been working as a child actor for almost half her life (she’s nine months old) says that “not being a big napper” has given his daughter an edge in the business. (Her upcoming spots include a print ad and an online commercial for a rental hunting website).

“Being physically awake during auditions is a big thing,” he explained.

Staying awake isn’t half of it, by no means, but it does help.

And by the way, that’s a very good little article indeed in the G. Might be that the subject isn’t quite to your taste but it is very well done.

Snigger

For some reason, possibly homophobic, the media just now is refusing to give any coverage to David Furnish, the spouse of Sir Elton John. I think they are trying to suppress an important argument that Mr Furnish made recently.

He pointed out how discriminatory it was that, unlike the wife of a titled man, he derives no title from his knighted spouse. He was too modest to say what title he should be given — and I must say I cannot think of a solution, since ‘Lady John’ would make him sound like the wife of the younger son of a duke — but it is the principle of the thing which matters.

I’d forgotten this

The gagging order imposed over the “celebrity threesome” case has descended further into farce after a Scottish newspaper published full details of the mystery couple behind the controversial injunction.

This is one of the areas where Scottish law is different, isn’t it? Didn’t this happen before? Someone needed to have taken out an injunction in the Scottish courts as well as London but didn’t so all was revealed?