The late Lord Snowdon was never inhibited from expressing emotions, as he demonstrated when art dealer Rodolphe von Hofmannsthal asked his permission to marry his youngest daughter, Frances Armstrong-Jones.
The celebrated photographer responded without hesitation, blessing his future son-in-law — and hugging him in delight.
But how would Snowdon, if he were still alive, react if he saw von Hofmannsthal today? I ask because, after 16 years of marriage, Rodolphe, 41, and Frances, 43, broke up. “They hadn’t been in touch for a while,” I was told. “They tried to keep it together for the kids, but it just didn’t work out in the end. Rodolphe has moved.’
Their union began with a glamorous wedding at St. George’s Church, Hanover Square, in west London, with Snowdon exuding paternal pride as he gave Frances away, and with the Marquise of Douro and Sienna Miller and her then-beau, Jude Law, under the guests.
Also there, amid a slew of Armstrong-Joneses, including Frances’ half-siblings, David (then Viscount Linley) and Sarah Chatto, was bubbly city dweller Nicky Haslam, who praised Rodolphe for being both “lush red-haired and extraordinarily smart.” used to be. ‘ and Frances for being ‘exquisite’ and a ‘proud owner of a 22-inch waist’. The couple (photo, left, in 2004) has two children.
But how would Snowdon, if he were still alive, react if he saw von Hofmannsthal today? I’m asking because, after 16 years of marriage, Rodolphe, 41, and Frances (pictured together), 43, broke up.
Their union began with a glamorous wedding at St. George’s Church, Hanover Square, in west London, with Snowdon exuding paternal pride as he gave Frances away, and with the Marquise of Douro and Sienna Miller and her then-beau, Jude Law, under the guests
Lady Frances’ father – Tony Armstrong-Jones before his peerage – had many affairs during his first marriage to Princess Margaret, including one with Frances’ mother, Lucy Lindsay-Hogg.
Despite his 1978 marriage to Lucy – who gave birth to Frances seven months later – Snowdon was simultaneously romantically involved with journalist Ann Hills, who committed suicide in 1996.
He then fathered a son, Jasper, in 1998 with another journalist, Melanie Cable-Alexander.
A spokesman for von Hofmannsthal, director of David Zwirner Gallery in London, declined to comment. Questions to Luncheon, the magazine Frances co-founded, went unanswered.
Porchey’s son drives to Holly’s defense
Golden TV girl Holly Willoughby has been sullied by claims of ‘jumping in line’ after she and This Morning colleague Phillip Schofield were accused of bypassing the 13-hour queue of people waiting to see the Queen lie-in-state.
Now, however, a friend of Her Majesty has rushed to Holly’s defense.
Harry Herbert – whose father, ‘Porchey’, the 7th Earl of Carnarvon, was the race manager and closest confidant to the Queen – passionately declares, “They never jumped in line.”
Speaking of the ITV presenters, he adds: ‘Terrible what they are going through.’
Harry Herbert (right) – whose father, ‘Porchey’, the 7th Earl of Carnarvon, was the Queen’s race manager and a close confidante insisted that Holly (left) and Phil didn’t skip the line
Golden girl Holly Willoughby has been sullied by claims of ‘jumping in line’ after she and fellow This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield were accused of bypassing the 13-hour queue
(Very) modern manners…
This is no place for a lady, is it?
Former ‘face of Ascot’ Martha, Lady Sitwell has stated that she plans to join OnlyFans.
That’s the website whose content creators — some of whom are sex workers, some of whom offer content without any nudity at all — charge users for provocative and intimate photos, videos, and text messages.
Former ‘face of Ascot’ Martha, Lady Sitwell (pictured) has stated she plans to join OnlyFans
‘If I read erotic literature on OnlyFans, would you pay, and how much?’ she asked her admirers on Instagram.
The former wife of film-producing baron Sir George Sitwell added: “Other suggestions (that don’t mean actually getting into the game) are also welcome.”
Martha, 42, who divorced in 2017 and claims she was close to bankruptcy, tells me she had “very positive response” to her comments. She adds: ‘I’m still working on [country sports brand]Sitwell & Whippet, and I’m still writing and modeling.”
TV Phil’s des res is even more desirable
As you might imagine, location, location, location presenter Phil Spencer has an enviable home – and he’s just been given the green light to make it even more impressive.
The 52-year-old TV star has applied to East Hampshire Council to expand the garaging of his £4.3 million country retreat.
Phil Spencer (pictured) has applied to East Hampshire Council to extend the stable block for his £4.3million country retreat
The six bedroom property already boasts a tennis court, gym, cinema, games room, wine cellar and paddocks on ten acres. Planning official Luke Turner said: ‘The proposal is considered acceptable as it would match the property in scale and character’ [and] would not detract from the character and appearance of the area.’
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, who sang at Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding, is a great admirer of the Queen Consort’s ex, Andrew Parker Bowles.
‘I’ve met him on many, many occasions over the years,’ says the New Zealand-born soprano, 78. ‘We went on a big holiday in Scotland. He says to me, “Kiri, I was the first real man to kiss you.”
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (cartoon), who sang at Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding, is a great admirer of the Queen Consort’s ex, Andrew Parker Bowles
‘I said, ‘Oh, Andrew, come on, please!’ He is an absolute charmer.’
In the hit 1980s sitcom To The Manor Born, Peter Bowles played a nouveau riche supermarket owner who bought the £1 million estate from Penelope Keith after her husband’s death.
In real life, the debonair actor, who died of cancer in March at the age of 85, left his wife, Susan, £300,000, according to probate documents. He also starred in Lytton’s Diary, based on my esteemed predecessor, Nigel Dempster.
Reports that the king is planning to convert the Scottish private residence of his mother, Balmoral, into a museum in her honor has delighted SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford.
“Making Balmoral a year-round visitor attraction is something King Charles should consider,” he says.
“Obviously the parts of the castle particularly sensitive to the late Queen should remain off-limits.”
Blackford adds: ‘It would give a huge boost to both the local economy and employment. It would also help Balmoral pay his way.’
Soho heiress India Rose James is devastated by the death of her beloved pug Aladdin.
“I’m absolutely devastated,” wails India, who attended the launch party for photographer Gavin Bond’s Being There exhibition at Claridge’s hotel in Mayfair.
“Words cannot describe how much this hurts.” India, 30, was dubbed the Princess of Soho at the age of 21 when she inherited £329 million from her grandfather, porn lord Paul Raymond.
“More than a decade of support, love and camaraderie is completely irreplaceable,” she adds. “Enjoy dog heaven, where Grandpa can’t stop you from eating all the butter.”