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EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: William and Kate indulge in some fervent window shopping during a secret evening visit to an antiques sale in Berkshire


As put-downs go, few match the snobbery inspired by the late Alan Clark’s recorded diary remark that “the trouble with Michael (Heseltine) was that he had to buy all his furniture “.

But, even if this line – which Clark attributed to fellow Conservative minister Michael Jopling – endures, has it now been royally rejected?

I ask because none other than the Prince and Princess of Wales indulged in what might be described as fervent window shopping last Friday when they made a discreet and entirely private evening visit to the rooms of Sales from Dreweatts Auctioneers, Berkshire.

“They seemed very, very interested,” one antiques trade enthusiast told me, adding that “everyone was excited to see them on Twitter.” This was the start of the very large champagne reception that auctioneers always organize before a serious sale.

And few sales are occasions as momentous as the one that attracted Prince William and Catherine.

The Prince and Princess of Wales engaged in what could be described as fervent window shopping last Friday.

They paid a discreet and completely private evening visit to the sales rooms of Dreweatts Auctioneers in Berkshire.

They paid a discreet and completely private evening visit to the sales rooms of Dreweatts Auctioneers in Berkshire.

Wednesday will begin the three-day auction of the extraordinary collection assembled by Robert Kime, who oversaw the redecoration first of Highgrove and then of Clarence House for King Charles.

Comprising almost 1,000 lots, ranging from Mughal rugs to Delft vases, it is expected to fetch at least £1.5 million – a tribute to Kime’s inspired but understated style, both as an interior designer, as he described it himself, and as a gimlet-eyed artist. antiques dealer, whose genius won him the adoration of clients like Daphne Guinness, Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber and Lord Puttnam.

Dreweatts and Kensington Palace are refusing to comment on William and Kate’s visit. Others suspect that a discreet telephone offer or two might be made on their behalf.

“Not so much to buy for themselves but rather as gifts for Kate’s parents or brother or sister,” suggests another admirer of Kime, who died suddenly last year at the age of 76.

“Maybe not the Ushak medallion rug for £50,000, or even the George II clock for £4,000, but the 15 Bronze Age axes for £2,000. What else would you give to a mother-in-law ?

Lily offers a helping hand to her friend Freddie Fox

Laurence Fox became “toxic” after being sacked as a GB News presenter for making vulgar sexual remarks about political journalist Ava Evans – but her cousin Freddie has lost none of his charm for Lily James.

The Mamma Mia 2 star, 34, took Freddie’s hand as they arrived at the Gielgud Theater in the West End for the premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends.

Fox, 34, starred with James in the BBC’s racy drama The Pursuit Of Love. Last week I revealed he lost out on a major West End role because producers were very worried about his links with Laurence.

Lily James, 34, took Freddie's hand as they arrived at the Gielgud Theater in the West End for the premiere of Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends.

Lily James, 34, took Freddie’s hand as they arrived at the Gielgud Theater in the West End for the premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends.

Presenter Vanessa Feltz was overcome with emotion watching Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends in the West End.

“As soon as Send In The Clowns started, she started laughing,” says an audience member sitting behind her.

“Then, to stop, she spent the rest of the song suppressing her laughter by putting her head between her legs. Really strange behavior.

“All the stalls heard it, as did soloist Bernadette Peters. This really put her off playing. After the show, Feltz said, “It was absolutely beautiful. Everyone was sobbing. I lost it.’

Bike paths drive Tom crazy

Tom Conti, who played Albert Einstein in the hit Hollywood film Oppenheimer, has put forward his own theory: that Labor is ruining the capital by prioritizing bikes over cars.

The Shirley Valentine star says: ‘The damage the canonization of cyclists has caused to London is incalculable.’

Cycle paths were favored, adds the 81-year-old actor. “Elderly and disabled people are greatly inconvenienced and businesses are seriously damaged.

“How many cyclists use these lanes? Almost none.

Tom Conti, who played Albert Einstein in the hit Hollywood film Oppenheimer, believes Labor is ruining the capital by prioritizing bikes over cars.

Tom Conti, who played Albert Einstein in the hit Hollywood film Oppenheimer, believes Labor is ruining the capital by prioritizing bikes over cars.

Award-winning musician Anoushka Shankar is celebrating a very personal milestone this week.

The daughter of the late sitar player Ravi Shankar and half-sister of singer Norah Jones has celebrated her 14th birthday of cleanliness and sobriety. “For many years I avoided talking about my sobriety,” says Shankar, 42, who lives in London with her two sons from her ex-husband, director Joe Wright.

“However, it feels important to me, as a South Asian woman in recovery, to talk about addiction. It was difficult to recover from a community in which addiction was a taboo, a shame, a moral weakness.

In sickness and as an elf for Georgina?

West End star Georgina Castle fell in love with actor Simon Lipkin when he played the lead role in Elf The Musical and she played his on-stage girlfriend.

Now their real-life love story is gaining momentum.

I hear the 30-year-old daughter of BBC Wimbledon pundit Andrew Castle is sharing a duvet with Lipkin, 37, who is a magician in illusionist Derren Brown’s new show. “My daughter lives with Simon,” confirms Andrew, a former tennis professional.

And Castle is so admired by Georgina’s new boyfriend that he has a photo of him as a screensaver on his phone.

West End star Georgina Castle fell in love with actor Simon Lipkin when he played the lead role in Elf The Musical and she played his on-stage girlfriend.

West End star Georgina Castle fell in love with actor Simon Lipkin when he played the lead role in Elf The Musical and she played his on-stage girlfriend.

Former Labor MP Simon Danczuk, 56, married beautician Claudine ‘Coco’ Uwamahoro, 29, in Rwanda last month, but she is struggling to accept some aspects of life in Lancashire.

He suggested a trip to Pendle Hill, the scene of witch trials in the 17th century.

Claudine tells me: “Simon said we were going to a festival there for Halloween. I do not like it. I can not go there.

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