As Michael Owen’s daughter, Gemma, seeks romance on Love Island, I hear the previous England striker’s recent horse-trainer partner is ringing the changes at one in every of the country’s most opulent stately homes.
For Manderston, which is headed up by Adrian, 4th Lord Palmer, is breaking its bond with Berwickshire Hunt, reputedly the oldest hunt in Scotland, after 124 years.
To the shock and sadness of members, I can reveal the hunt has been asked to maneuver its hounds elsewhere. The Berwickshire Hunt declines to debate its eviction, but I’m told that the instructions got by Lord Palmer’s son and heir, Hugo, 41 — an acclaimed horse trainer now forging a recent partnership with Owen, at Owen’s Manor House Stables in Cheshire.
The Berwickshire Hunt has been asked to maneuver it hounds from Manderston, the stately home headed up by Adrian, 4th Lord Palmer. The instructions are thought to have been given by Lord Palmer’s son and heir, Hugo. Pictured: Hugo Palmer (left), with Michael Owen (right), at Chester Racecourse
The Berwickshire Hunt, reputedly one in every of the oldest in Scotland, has been based at Manderston for 124 years. Pictured: Members of the Berwickshire Hunt
‘The hunt received a notice to quit in a really short time, by September 1,’ a hunt supporter tells me, explaining that Hugo took over the running of Manderston and its estate some time ago. ‘Apparently, there are plans for development.’
Currently preparing for Royal Ascot in two weeks, where he has three runners, including the much-fancied Dubawi Legend, Hugo is just too busy to comment.
But a friend tells me: ‘Manderston is a coveted wedding venue but it surely costs a whole bunch of 1000’s a 12 months to run. Hugo has to make it work economically.’
The hounds, he adds, were in kennels at a gorgeous farmhouse on the estate — a property which could usher in rather more rented out commercially than the peppercorn rent paid by the hunt.
Chelsy takes recent family to fulfill the old family
Following my disclosure that Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy secretly married English hotelier Sam Cutmore-Scott, the newlyweds have been spotted on their first family holiday to South Africa.
The couple were seen in Cape Town, where I hear they’ve been introducing their newborn son Leo to family and friends.
‘It’s been so heart-warming for Chelsy’s family members to spend time with each her husband and son,’ a friend tells me.
Newlyweds Chelsy Davy and Sam Cutmore-Scott have been spotted on their first family holiday in South Africa
Zimbabwean born Chelsy, 36, who runs a jewelry and luxury travel business, managed to maintain her pregnancy under wraps and gave birth to Leo at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in January. She only hinted she was in a serious relationship in 2020, but didn’t give her recent man’s name, explaining: ‘There may be someone — and I’m quite taken by this one — but it surely’s very recent and I don’t need to say an excessive amount of.’
She and Cutmore-Scott, 37, who was within the 12 months above Harry at Eton College, live together in Chiswick, West London.
Could the Elvis biopic be director Baz Luhrmann’s last work for the large screen? He tells me: ‘The one person on my hit list is my retirement. I only make a movie every ten years, so I won’t have much left in me for one more one.’
Victoria’s sad tribute
Lady Victoria Hervey has paid tribute to her friend Princess Kasia Al Thani of Qatar, who was found dead, aged 45, from a suspected drug overdose in Marbella on Sunday. ‘Kasia was a fashion icon, elegant, gracious and an incredible mother,’ she tells me.
Lady Victoria Hervey (left), pictured with Princess Kasia Al Thani of Qatar, who was found dead, aged 45, from a suspected drug overdose in Marbella on Sunday
Kasia, who was of Polish origin, was the third wife of billionaire Abdelaziz bin Khalifa Al-Thani, 73, the uncle of the present Emir of Qatar.
The mother-of-three recently lost a bitter custody case against her ex-husband.
The previous Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis, 51, is mourning the lack of her father Peter, a renowned scientist, who has passed away on the age of 89. ‘He might be very sorely missed,’ says his family. The late Fellow of the Royal Society became professor of chemistry at Sheffield University in 1972. He was then made an emeritus professor when he retired in 2002.
Tattoo too, Amanda?
Tattoos are frequently a logo of rash youth — but it surely appears on the age of 65, Amanda Burton could also be joining Dame Judi Dench and David Dimbleby, who decided to get inked afterward in life.
The Silent Witness star was spotted leaving the Old Town Tattoo shop in Hastings. She might be seen clutching a chunk of paper — perhaps with a design for an inking. Amanda recently reprised her role as Sam Ryder on the BBC series for its twenty fifth anniversary, saying: ‘It took me by surprise.’
Amanda Burton was seen leaving a tattoo shop on the South Coast recently, raising suggestions she might be planning to get inked
Oasis lead singer Liam Gallagher isn’t too frightened about his younger counterparts stealing his limelight — for he thinks they’re too ‘wimpy’ to be deserving of rock ’n’ roll star status.
Gallagher, who turns 50 in September, says: ‘There’s numerous s**t on the market, so in the event that they’re buzzing off a 50-year-old man, they’re getting all wimpy, aren’t they?
‘Especially within the rock ’n’ roll sort of vibe, not only the music side of things but additionally behaving like a rock star.’
Surely this isn’t the identical Liam Gallagher who earlier this 12 months revealed he swaps alcohol for jasmine tea and not smokes or eats dairy on the times he’s performing.
Hmmm, not too rock ’n’ roll then…