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SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Camilla’s sister brings her design skills to Prince Charles’ cottage industry

Displaying his trademark talent for irreverence, the Duke of Edinburgh began referring to the Royal Family as ‘The Firm’ many decades ago.

But the nickname now seems more apposite than ever — given the Prince of Wales’s growing reliance on the transformative talents of his sister-in-law, interior designer Annabel Elliot.

Quite how great that reliance has become is disclosed in the latest accounts filed by her eponymous company, Annabel Elliot Limited, which was established 18 years ago. They show that Annabel — Camilla’s younger sister — was paid a total of £72,572 in fees and commission by the Duchy of Cornwall for her work on the Duchy’s holiday accommodation, deep in Daphne du Maurier country in the Fowey Valley.

The Duke of Edinburgh (right) began referring to the Royal Family as ‘The Firm’ many decades ago. But the nickname now seems more apposite than ever — given the Prince of Wales’s growing reliance on the transformative talents of his sister-in-law, interior designer Annabel Elliot (left)

Quite how great that reliance has become is disclosed in the latest accounts filed by her eponymous company, Annabel Elliot Limited, which was established 18 years ago. Pictured: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with her sister Annabel Elliot in 2007

Quite how great that reliance has become is disclosed in the latest accounts filed by her eponymous company, Annabel Elliot Limited, which was established 18 years ago. Pictured: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with her sister Annabel Elliot in 2007

That’s an increase of more than £30,000 on what the Duchy paid her the previous financial year. But the Duchy is at pains to point out remuneration will inevitably fluctuate annually. ‘The amount payable will vary year to year, depending on the amount and type of work required,’ explains a spokesperson.

‘Mrs Annabel Elliot carries out the interior design work in relation to the Duchy of Cornwall holiday cottage portfolio.’ The Elliot touch, adds the Duchy, ‘has proved to be extremely successful’.

Annabel previously deployed her magic at Dumfries House in Ayrshire, which Charles saved for the nation, helping convert two cottages and a lodge for use by paying guests. This involved some significant sleuthing when tracking down furniture and fittings resonant with Dumfries’ history — a task for which antiques expert Annabel was well suited.

Annabel previously deployed her magic at Dumfries House (pictured) in Ayrshire, which Charles saved for the nation, helping convert two cottages and a lodge for use by paying guests

Annabel previously deployed her magic at Dumfries House (pictured) in Ayrshire, which Charles saved for the nation, helping convert two cottages and a lodge for use by paying guests

She has spent £87,000 pulling off much the same trick on the Duchy’s Cornish holiday cottages, and the Duchy’s offices and its Penlyne Nursery. A spokesperson for Annabel’s company declines to comment, while Annabel herself refrains from even murmuring a word about future projects.

But it can safely be said that she has never allowed herself to succumb to fads. ‘I’m not,’ she once assured me, ‘a white and beige person.’

Wouldn’t last a minute with The Firm if she were.

Sophia’s ready for Valentine’s, whatever the leather 

The Apprentice star Karren Brady’s daughter, model Sophia Peschisolido, is determined to enjoy Valentine’s Day this weekend. 

The 24-year-old reveals that, in lieu of receiving presents from a partner, she has bought herself pink heart balloons for the occasion. 

‘I’ve chosen to gift myself this Valentine’s,’ she admits, showing them off on the snowy balcony of her Knightsbridge flat. 

The Apprentice star Karren Brady's daughter, model Sophia Peschisolido, is determined to enjoy Valentine's Day this weekend

The Apprentice star Karren Brady’s daughter, model Sophia Peschisolido, is determined to enjoy Valentine’s Day this weekend

The lingerie model, whose father is ex-footballer Paul Peschisolido, says of her romantic inclinations: ‘I’ll know when the right guy comes along. 

‘I go for personality over looks any day, and I love people that make me laugh.’ 

Living alone, Sophia’s lockdown has largely comprised ‘watching every single film on Netflix’, Zoom quizzes with friends and completing a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle. 

‘It took me four days, but didn’t relieve any boredom, so I don’t recommend that,’ she says.

TV Thornton’s very cheeky charity show 

TV presenter Kate Thornton has revealed how her modesty was saved at a charity fundraiser.

The broadcaster was on stage at one of Breast Cancer Now’s Pink Ribbon Balls when her black Lanvin skirt split at the seams. ‘The skirt was so tight but it looked fabulous,’ she told Susannah Constantine on her podcast, My Wardrobe Malfunction. ‘I’m about to say: ‘OK, this is how much money we’ve raised,’ and they get out one of those big comedy cheques. And as I’m walking down I could hear the room go silent. As I pass I thought: ‘God what’s happened?’

‘And the back of my skirt had completely gone. Literally gone.

‘And I hadn’t worn knickers because it was so tight.’ 

Luckily, fellow guest Cherie Blair came to the rescue. ‘Cherie was so lovely. She put the fat comedy cheque behind me to cover my a**.’

Is that Another Lego Brick In The Wall, Emily? 

Founder Michael Eavis's daughter, Emily, who helps organise the annual event ¿ which has been cancelled for a second year in a row ¿ shared a picture of the model she was sent by the toy company Lego

Founder Michael Eavis’s daughter, Emily, who helps organise the annual event — which has been cancelled for a second year in a row — shared a picture of the model she was sent by the toy company Lego

Glastonbury music festival is back — at least in Lego form.

Founder Michael Eavis’s daughter, Emily, who helps organise the annual event — which has been cancelled for a second year in a row — shared a picture of the model she was sent by the toy company.

‘For those that wanted to see the full Lego Pyramid build, here it is,’ says Emily (right).

Author and former Tory MP Gyles Brandreth, who has received his first Covid inoculation, said ‘as an Oxford man’ he’d been ‘hoping for the Oxford jab — but I’ll settle for whatever I’m given’.

The 72-year-old adds: ‘There’s even talk of a 24-hour service. But when I told my wife I didn’t fancy getting up in the middle of the night to secure my jab, she said rather sharply, ‘I don’t see why. You get up to go to the loo at 2.30 and 4am most nights, don’t you?’

Lottie Moss looks up to sibling Kate 

Lottie Moss has acquired a picture of her supermodel sister Kate Moss, by trendy New York street artist 1Penemy, aka Nick Toscano, to put on her wall in Chelsea.

Lottie Moss has acquired a picture of her supermodel sister Kate Moss, by trendy New York street artist 1Penemy, aka Nick Toscano, to put on her wall in Chelsea.

Having admitted that her supermodel sister, Kate Moss, influenced her own career path, Calvin Klein star Lottie can now look up to her in a more literal sense.

The 23-year-old has acquired a picture of the Vogue cover star, by trendy New York street artist 1Penemy, aka Nick Toscano, to put on her wall in Chelsea.

‘Her friend showed her my art and she fell in love with it,’ Toscano tells me.


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