The late Lord Snowdon was never shy about expressing his emotions, as he demonstrated when art dealer Rodolphe von Hofmannsthal sought his permission to marry his youngest daughter, Frances Armstrong-Jones.
Responding without hesitation, the celebrated photographer gave his future son-in-law his blessing and embraced him with delight.
But if he were still alive, how would Snowdon react if he saw von Hofmannsthal today? I ask because, after 16 years of marriage, Rodolphe, 41, and Frances, 43, have separated. ‘They hadn’t gotten along for quite some time,’ they told me. “They tried to keep it calm for the kids but, in the end, it just didn’t work. Rodolphe moved.
Their union began with a glamorous society wedding at St George’s Church, Hanover Square, west London, with Snowdon radiating fatherly pride as he delivered Frances, and with the Marchioness of Douro and Sienna Miller and her then boyfriend, Jude Law, among the guests.
Also there, amid a host of Armstrong-Joneses, including Frances’s half-siblings David (then Viscount Linley) and Sarah Chatto, was effervescent man-about-town Nicky Haslam, who praised Rodolphe for being “exuberantly red-haired”. and extraordinarily intelligent. ‘ and Frances for being ‘exquisite’ and a ‘proud possessor of a 22-inch waist.’ The couple (pictured left in 2004) have two children.
But if he were still alive, how would Snowdon react if he saw von Hofmannsthal today? I ask because, after 16 years of marriage, Rodolphe, 41, and Frances (pictured together), 43, have separated.
Their union began with a glamorous society wedding at St George’s Church, Hanover Square, west London, with Snowdon radiating fatherly pride as he delivered Frances, and with the Marchioness of Douro and Sienna Miller and her then boyfriend, Jude Law, among the guests
Lady Frances’s father, Tony Armstrong-Jones before he was ennobled, enjoyed numerous affairs during his first marriage to Princess Margaret, including one with Frances’s 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 later had a son, Jasper, with another journalist, Melanie Cable-Alexander, in 1998.
A spokesman for von Hofmannsthal, director of the David Zwirner Gallery in London, declined to comment. Inquiries at Luncheon, the magazine Frances co-founded, went unanswered.
Porchey’s son rides to Holly’s defense
TV’s golden girl Holly Willoughby has been marred by ‘jumping the queue’ claims after she and fellow This Morning star Phillip Schofield were accused of skipping the queue 13 hours of people waiting to see the Queen’s funeral.
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 queen’s racing manager and close confidant, passionately declares: ‘They never jumped any queues.’
He adds of the ITV presenters: ‘Awful what they’re going through’.
Harry Herbert (right), whose father ‘Porchey’, the 7th Earl of Carnarvon, was the queen’s racing manager and close confidant insisted that Holly (left) and Phil not jump the queue.
TV’s golden girl Holly Willoughby has been marred by ‘jumping the queue’ claims after she and fellow This Morning star Phillip Schofield were accused of missing the line 13 hour people.
(Very) modern manners…
Surely this is no place for a lady?
Former ‘face of Ascot’ Martha, Lady Sitwell, has stated that she plans to join OnlyFans.
That is the website whose content creators, some of whom are sex workers, some of whom offer content that does not feature 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 his fans on Instagram.
The ex-wife of film producer baronet Sir George Sitwell added: “Other suggestions (which don’t really mean playing the game) are also welcome.”
Martha, 42, who was divorced in 2017 and says she almost went bankrupt, tells me she got “very positive responses” to her comments. She adds: “I’m still working on [country sports brand]Sitwell & Whippet, and I continue to write and model.’
TV Phil’s des res is even more desirable
As you can imagine, Location, Location, Location host Phil Spencer has an enviable home, and he just got the go-ahead to make it even more impressive.
The 52-year-old TV star has applied to East Hampshire Council to expand the stable block at his £4.3m country retreat.
Phil Spencer (pictured) has applied to East Hampshire Council to expand the stable block at his £4.3m country retreat
The six-bedroom property already boasts a tennis court, gym, movie theater, game room, wine cellar and paddocks on ten acres. Planning Officer Luke Turner said: “The proposal is considered acceptable as it would be in scale and character with the housing [and] it would not detract from the character and appearance of the area.’
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, who sang at the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana, is a big fan of the Queen’s ex, Andrew Parker Bowles.
“I’ve met him on many, many occasions over the years,” says the 78-year-old New Zealand-born soprano. “We went on vacation to Scotland. He tells me, “Kiri, I was the first real man to kiss you.”
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (caricature), who sang at the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana, is a big fan of the Queen’s ex, Andrew Parker Bowles.
I said, “Oh, Andrew, come on, please!” It is an absolute charm.
In the hit 1980s sitcom To The Manor Born, Peter Bowles played a nouveau riche supermarket owner who bought Penelope Keith’s character’s £1 million estate after her husband’s death.
In real life, the affable actor, who died of cancer in March at the age of 85, left his wife, Susan, £300,000, according to testamentary documents. He also starred in Lytton’s Diary, based on my esteemed predecessor, Nigel Dempster.
Reports that the King plans to turn his mother’s private Scottish retreat, Balmoral, into a museum in her honor have 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 that are especially sensitive to the late Queen must remain off limits.”
Adds Blackford: ‘It would provide a huge boost to both the local economy and jobs. It would also help Balmoral pay its bills.
Soho heiress India Rose James has been devastated by the death of her beloved pug Aladdin.
“I’m completely heartbroken,” said 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 age 21 when she inherited £329m from her grandfather, porn mogul Paul Raymond.
“More than ten years of support, love and companionship are completely irreplaceable,” he adds. “Enjoy dog heaven where Grandpa won’t be able to stop you from eating all the butter.”