CONFIDENTIAL OF ONE: Nightmare for Charlotte Church as she draws up plan for ‘dream’ eco-retreat


Hers was ‘The Voice of an Angel’ – the voice that propelled her to a £6million fortune before she was 14. But Charlotte Church could now be forgiven for singing an aria of anguish.

Her dream to transform a three-storey 16th-century mansion into a wellness eco-retreat offering guests cold-water swimming, foraging and yoga is threatening to turn into a bitter nightmare after running into controversy, I can reveal with environmental and planning chapters.

They expressed particular concern about her plans to treat and dispose of waste from four proposed log cabins, with the local council’s environment department warning of the shortcomings of many “private sewage treatment systems”.

Charlotte Church planned to turn her mansion into a wellness eco-retreat

Charlotte Church planned to turn her mansion into a wellness eco-retreat

Maybe the next series will be renamed “Dream On” already. . .

Told by Natural Resources Wales that she had provided ‘inadequate information’, the 36-year-old singer has now withdrawn the planning application to build cabins and a ‘bath house’ in woodland at the 47-acre property, Rhydoldog House, in Powys, Mid – Wales.

It is the latest development in the 16 months since she snapped up Rhydoldog – once home to Laura Ashley – for £1.5m. Since then, she has sunk “almost” all of her savings into creating a sanctuary that is in harmony with the environment.

She hoped at least part of it would be open and ready for guests by June — otherwise she would be “broke”. But that deadline came and went — all documented by a fly-on-the-wall documentary series, Dream Build.

Church, who is married to musician Jonathan Powell, warned fans in July that there would be a second series of Dream Build. “We’re so close to the finish line,” she announced.

Maybe the series will now be renamed “Dream On”. . .

Brad’s aging secret lost in translation

Brad Pitt has launched a range of skin care products using grapes from his vineyards in Provence, with the input of wine and skin experts to determine the most powerful anti-ageing.

Brad Pitt has launched a range of skin care products using grapes from his vineyards in Provence, with wine and skin experts involved to determine the most powerful anti-ageing

Brad Pitt has launched a range of skin care products using grapes from his vineyards in Provence, with wine and skin experts involved to determine the most powerful anti-ageing

But they don’t seem to do much for your English. The website boasts that the products contain “no preservatives.”

The translation is supposed to be bad: “Preservatif” means condom in French.

Blunt’s keen memory of his royal duty

Having stood vigil by the Queen Mother’s coffin during her funeral in 2002, former Labor officer James Blunt was particularly moved by his daughter’s death.

“I was a vigil at the Queen Mother’s funeral, so the Queen’s funeral certainly brought it all back,” the You’re Beautiful singer tells me at the e&o restaurant’s 21st birthday party in Notting Hill, London.

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“I was at the Queen Mother’s funeral, so the Queen’s funeral brought it all back”

Blunt, 48, who has two sons with wife Sophia Wellesley, 39, granddaughter of the 8th Duke of Wellington, added: “It’s been so emotional and very exciting to see it all unfold.”

Unlike some, the couple waited for hours to see the Queen laid to rest.

Bake Off winner Nadia Hussain says she would understand food being shoplifted as the cost of living soars. “If people steal, I’m sure it’s not because they’re greedy or selfish…but because they’re desperate beyond comprehension.”

Pound’s collapse cheered Petra

The pound has fallen to a 37-year low against the dollar, but Formula One heiress Petra Ecclestone’s husband, Sam Palmer, sees a good lining – at least for them.

Petra Ecclestone (left) pictured with husband Sam Palmer (right)

Petra Ecclestone (left) pictured with husband Sam Palmer (right)

“Great time to buy in the UK for Americans,” sizzles the online estate agent (left with Petra).

Former vintage car salesman Palmer, 38, who married Petra, 33, in July, is trying to sell their 14-bedroom London home for £175million.

The Queen’s maid of honor Lady Pamela Hicks, 93, was pushed in a wheelchair by her daughter India Hicks at the funeral on Monday.

And now she is determined to attend the coronation of King Charles. “She may be the only person alive to have attended three coronations,” says India.

Lady Pamela was eight years old when she was taken to see the coronation of George VI in 1937.

Flogging used Warrants of Service from the Queen’s funeral is bad enough, but now an eBay seller is asking £2,500 for a ‘new’ one. Strange, because Alasdair Abrines, director of Barnard & Westwood printers, assures me that “any [surplus] the copies were either shredded or locked in our safe’.

And Duncan Jeffrey, head of communications at Westminster Abbey, told me that his own unused copies “are under lock and key in our security room”.

Buyer’s risk?



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