Archive for the ‘Royals’ Category

Angola, France & Princess Diana

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Buried in the corners of newspaper ‘world news’ sections, a curious article about illicit arms trading probably went largely unnoticed by most people…unless you happen to be French.

A 468-page prosecution dossier “read like something from an Ian Fleming plot” (Daily Telegraph, London), detailing murky arms dealings with an ex-minister and a president’s son, facilitating   (more…)

Read Vanity Fair post: Britney & Diana

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

As a journalist, I used to aspire/dream of one day having a by-line in Vanity Fair.

This wasn’t a desperate Toby Young-esque dream. But it stirred within  nevertheless; a ‘one-of-these-days’ yearning. Today,  that ‘one day’ became a reality. I doubt Graydon Carter is aware but my ego certainly is. And I guess I’ve got Britney Spears and Princess Diana – and regular contributor and ‘fixer’ Nell Scovell to thank. One more box ticked. Here’s the link to the piece on the Britney and Diana connection, published Oct 1st 2009: http://www.vanityfair.com/online/culture/2009/10/01/britney-vs-diana.html

A Convenient History?

Friday, September 18th, 2009

I remember when William Shawcross viewed with some consternation the decision by Penguin to publish butler Paul Burrell’s book A Royal Duty in 2003. I’ll keep private his expressed disapproval but, suffice it to say, his attitude mirrored many within the great and the good: ’How very dare they!’

Six years on, the upper-crust Mr Shawcross has now released the great tome he started back then: an official biography on (more…)

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