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Harry and Meghan want Lilibet to be christened at Windsor in front of the Queen

They’ve accused the Queen of handing down ‘genetic pain and suffering’ and charged unnamed relations with racism, but the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are apparently eager to cling on to the perks of life in the Royal Family.

I hear that Prince Harry and Meghan want a royal christening for their baby, Lilibet, held in the presence of the Queen.

The California-based couple’s intentions are said to have been made clear during Harry’s visit to this country for the unveiling of Princess Diana‘s statue earlier this month.

‘Harry told several people that they want to have Lili christened at Windsor, just like her brother,’ a royal source tells me. ‘They are happy to wait until circumstances allow.’

They’ve accused the Queen of handing down ‘genetic pain and suffering’ and charged unnamed relations with racism, but the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are apparently eager to cling on to the perks of life in the Royal Family

It would be Meghan’s first visit to Britain since the couple quit royal duties last year.

Interestingly, six weeks after Lili’s birth, she has not yet been given the eighth place in the line of succession that she is due, according to the official royal website. 

It’s understood that the list will not be updated until after the christening. Lili would bump the Queen’s second son, Prince Andrew, into ninth place.

Lili will join the list as long as she is not baptised a Roman Catholic, as they are specifically excluded from succession to the throne. 

Although Meghan attended a Catholic high school, she was baptised and confirmed into the Church of England in a private ceremony at the Chapel Royal conducted by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

I hear that Prince Harry and Meghan want a royal christening for their baby, Lilibet, held in the presence of the Queen. Pictured: The Queen, Prince Philip and Meghan's mother Doria with baby Archie and his parents in 2019

I hear that Prince Harry and Meghan want a royal christening for their baby, Lilibet, held in the presence of the Queen. Pictured: The Queen, Prince Philip and Meghan’s mother Doria with baby Archie and his parents in 2019

Lili’s brother, Archie, was christened by the Archbishop amid unprecendented secrecy at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, in 2019. 

Although details of royal babies’ godparents have always been made public in the past, Harry and Meghan refused to confirm any names.

It’s not clear how enthusiastic the Royal Family will be. Her parents have already caused one major royal row after their spokesmen claimed to U.S. media that they’d asked the Queen’s permission to use her pet name, Lilibet. Palace sources subsequently told the BBC that no such permission had been sought.

The smart set’s talking about… Maya’s lightbulb moment  

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are often photographed by Hugo Burnand, who took the official pictures at their wedding in 2005. 

Now they’ve given his daughter a bright idea, too.

Sparky Maya Burnand, 21, has credited Charles’s tireless environmental campaigning with helping to inspire her new project. 

She’s joined the co-founders of Green N White, a subscription service that sends its members eco-friendly household and personal goods.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are often photographed by Hugo Burnand, who took the official pictures at their wedding in 2005. Now they've given his daughter a bright idea, too. Sparky Maya Burnand, 21, has credited Charles's tireless environmental campaigning with helping to inspire her new project

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are often photographed by Hugo Burnand, who took the official pictures at their wedding in 2005. Now they’ve given his daughter a bright idea, too. Sparky Maya Burnand, 21, has credited Charles’s tireless environmental campaigning with helping to inspire her new project

‘When looking for these kind of products, it’s so difficult to know what to look for and whether you can trust the claims that are made,’ Maya tells me. ‘I do the research. This is a sustainable lifestyle one-stop shop at cost price. We’re pretty unique in the UK.’

Her father has already signed up, while Charles and Camilla — she hopes — will soon be tempted. ‘It would be wonderful if they did,’ she laughs.

‘They support sustainability and I think it’s great to see big role models making good choices.’

 Georgia takes after dad with her new toyboy

When Georgia May Jagger quit Britain to move in with her boyfriend in the States two years ago, friends were convinced she’d finally found ‘the one’.

Sadly, I hear the 29-year-old daughter (left) of Sir Mick Jagger has quietly split from restaurateur Louis Levy, 31.

‘They loved living together in New York, but when Georgia decided to split her time between there and LA, it put a strain on the relationship that turned out to be too much,’ says a friend.  

When Georgia May Jagger quit Britain to move in with her boyfriend in the States two years ago, friends were convinced she'd finally found 'the one'. Sadly, I hear the 29-year-old daughter (left) of Sir Mick Jagger has quietly split from restaurateur Louis Levy, 31

When Georgia May Jagger quit Britain to move in with her boyfriend in the States two years ago, friends were convinced she’d finally found ‘the one’. Sadly, I hear the 29-year-old daughter (left) of Sir Mick Jagger has quietly split from restaurateur Louis Levy, 31

Not wasting any time, Georgia, who has a fortune of more than £14million, has already moved on with 21-year-old Texan Cambryan Sedlick (inset left)

Not wasting any time, Georgia, who has a fortune of more than £14million, has already moved on with 21-year-old Texan Cambryan Sedlick (inset left)

‘Louis owns two restaurants in New York, so he has to be there. It’s his home.’

Not wasting any time, Georgia, who has a fortune of more than £14million, has already moved on with 21-year-old Texan Cambryan Sedlick (inset left).

Carving out a career as a skateboarder, he says: ‘I want to keep doing this and making rent. I would like to eventually be able to get a savings account going.’

A love match for Lady Marina 

While the Duke of Kent presented the men’s singles trophy at Wimbledon last weekend, his granddaughter Lady Marina Windsor gave spectators a different match to talk about.

The eco-fashion campaigner, 28, was seated at Centre Court next to her dashing new beau, Eion Gibbs.

He is the 28-year-old son of Peter Gibbs, who owns Belladrum Estate in Scotland.

While the Duke of Kent presented the men's singles trophy at Wimbledon last weekend, his granddaughter Lady Marina Windsor gave spectators a different match to talk about. The eco-fashion campaigner, 28, was seated at Centre Court next to her dashing new beau, Eion Gibbs

While the Duke of Kent presented the men’s singles trophy at Wimbledon last weekend, his granddaughter Lady Marina Windsor gave spectators a different match to talk about. The eco-fashion campaigner, 28, was seated at Centre Court next to her dashing new beau, Eion Gibbs

‘They make a great couple,’ one of Lady Marina’s friends tells me. ‘He’s already got her family’s seal of approval.’

Eion, who runs an eponymous furniture-making company in London, and Lady Marina share a love of physical challenges. 

While she’s trained in Muay Thai boxing, he spent ten months in 2014 hiking from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul — in a kilt.

Anna has Elle’s boy in a spin… 

With model looks inherited from his mother, Elle ‘The Body’ Macpherson, and the irresistible charm of his father, hedge fund tycoon Arpad ‘Arki’ Busson, Flynn Busson was never going to be short of admirers.

And I can reveal he’s now found love with DJ Anna de Ferran, 25, the daughter of racing driver Gil de Ferran and Angela Buckland, of the Motoring News publishing family.

With model looks inherited from his mother, Elle 'The Body' Macpherson, and the irresistible charm of his father, hedge fund tycoon Arpad 'Arki' Busson, Flynn Busson was never going to be short of admirers. And I can reveal he's now found love with DJ Anna de Ferran, 25

With model looks inherited from his mother, Elle ‘The Body’ Macpherson, and the irresistible charm of his father, hedge fund tycoon Arpad ‘Arki’ Busson, Flynn Busson was never going to be short of admirers. And I can reveal he’s now found love with DJ Anna de Ferran, 25

‘We met through mutual friends,’ Flynn tells me. ‘We kept running into each other at events that she was DJing at and went from there. 

‘She lives between Miami and London, like I do, so it works super well.’

Flynn, 23, who went to £21,459-per-year Latymer Upper School in West London, is now working in property development. 

He previously went out with fashionista Avery Domi. His father’s exes include Uma Thurman and Dame Kristin Scott Thomas.

'We met through mutual friends,' Flynn tells me. 'We kept running into each other at events that she was DJing at and went from there

‘We met through mutual friends,’ Flynn tells me. ‘We kept running into each other at events that she was DJing at and went from there

What a blast! Joanna Lumley wins battle to protect dolphins

She campaigned successfully for retired Gurkhas to have the right to settle in this country, and forced Boris Johnson to ban crates for pigs.

Now, I can reveal that Joanna Lumley has won her latest battle.

Environment Secretary George Eustice has agreed to back the Absolutely Fabulous star’s fight to stop sea blasts, which deafen dolphins. 

Unexploded bombs and mines are currently detonated to clear the way for offshore wind farms, and the noise harms whales and dolphins, even sometimes killing them.

Lumley, 75, has asked the Government to use ‘deflagration’, which does not cause a loud bang, instead.

She campaigned successfully for retired Gurkhas to have the right to settle in this country, and forced Boris Johnson to ban crates for pigs. Now, I can reveal that Joanna Lumley has won her latest battle

She campaigned successfully for retired Gurkhas to have the right to settle in this country, and forced Boris Johnson to ban crates for pigs. Now, I can reveal that Joanna Lumley has won her latest battle

She recently met Eustice to press her case.

Now, a ministerial source tells me: ‘We are actively exploring the use of alternative methods.’ 

The actress tells me she fell in love with the marine mammals while filming in Madagascar.

‘A dolphin suddenly leapt out of the water,’ she says. 

‘I clapped my hands and shouted, “hey!”, and two dolphins jumped out of the water, and each time I shouted and clapped, they jumped out, saw me and I felt they were truly communicating with me.’

Many have wondered how Heston Blumenthal comes up with his wacky recipes such as snail porridge and bacon-and-egg ice cream.

Now, the triple Michelin-starred chef has revealed that he accidentally ingested a handful of hallucinogenic mushrooms. 

While on a recipe-hunting mission with mushroom scientist Jim Fuller, he decided to ‘put some in his mouth to see what happened’.

Blumenthal admits: ‘I took significantly more than he was suggesting’, explaining of the scary side-effects: ‘My body is wobbling, I have these sort of palpitations.

‘I am in a chair, lying back with my feet on the desk. . .’ He sounds a fun guy, but let’s hope those particular mushrooms don’t make it to the Fat Duck menu!

He’s a knight of the realm and one of rock’s great survivors, but has Sir Rod Stewart got too big for his boots?

Scottish singer Maggie Bell, who performed on Stewart’s No1 album, Every Picture Tells A Story, says: ‘He picked me up in a big yellow Lamborghini to try to impress me, but nothing like that impresses me. 

‘I was on his first hit album, and he never even mentioned me in his autobiography. He’s gone all knightly and princely, hasn’t he? Good luck to him!’

Dismissed by critics as a vacuous sleaze-fest, ITV’s ‘reality’ show Love Island has nevertheless helped Claudia Winkleman bond with her daughter, Matilda, 15. 

‘I don’t watch reality shows only because of my ancientness,’ says the 49-year-old Strictly host. 

‘But my daughter really liked it and she was really going through the phase where she found me repellent, so I would do anything to be near her.

‘So we watched some and it was compelling, it was good.’

Petrolhead Jeremy Clarkson’s unlikely transformation into a rural champion seems to be making farm shops fashionable. 

The Grand Tour presenter’s Diddly Squat outlet in the Cotswolds has been deluged with customers, and now the Duchess of York’s brother, Andrew Ferguson, is getting in on the act. 

He opened his own farm shop in Hampshire this week, called Honesty at Dummer Down — and business is booming. ‘I am really excited,’ he tells me, adding cautiously: ‘We aren’t Jeremy Clarkson — we are a simple farming family.’

The Who frontman Roger Daltrey once sang: ‘I hope I die before I get old.’ But now he’s willing to swallow a bitter pill to keep him alive.

‘I drink a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar every day,’ says the 77-year-old rock star. ‘It’s a homeopathic thing.’ 

Benefits are said to include reducing cholesterol and lowering blood sugar levels.

He adds: ‘I’ve been into alternative medicine for 50 years. Cider vinegar is part of that cleansing thing they do. I take it on tour with me.’

(Very) modern manners 

IT’S the dance floor where Princess Diana boogied on Sarah Ferguson’s hen night, and where countless society romances began, but Annabel’s has now undergone a radical transformation.

This week, the disco at the Mayfair club started being used for morning yoga and Pilates classes, led by Prince Harry’s pal Davina Harbord and Sam Branson’s sister-in-law, Octavia Calthorpe.

One veteran member groans: ‘Many of us barely knew the morning existed, let alone wanted to spend it doing yoga on the dance floor.’


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