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The late Lord Snowden was never held back from expressing emotions, as he demonstrated when art dealer Rodolphe von Hofmannsthal asked his permission to marry his younger daughter, Frances Armstrong-Jones.
Responding without hesitation, the famous photographer gave his future son-in-law his blessing – and hugged him with delight.
But how, if he were still alive, would Snowden react if he saw von Hofmannsthal today? I ask because after 16 years of marriage, Rodolphe, 41, and Frances, 43, separated. “They haven’t been up in a while,” I was told. “They tried to keep it together for the kids, but in the end it just didn’t work out. Rodolphe moved out.
Their union began with a glamorous high-profile wedding at St George’s Church, Hanover Square, West London, with Snowden beaming with fatherly pride as he delivered Frances, and the Marchioness of Douro and Sienna Miller and her then-boyfriend Jude Law among the guests.
Also there, among a bunch of Armstrong-Jones, including Frances’ half-siblings David (then Viscount Lynley) and Sarah Chatto, was effervescent man-about-town Nicky Haslam, who praised Rodolph for being both “lusciously red-headed and extremely smart’ ‘ and Frances for being ‘gorgeous’ and the ‘proud owner of a 22-inch waist’. The couple (pictured left, in 2004) have two children.
But how, if he were still alive, would Snowden 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 high-profile wedding at St George’s Church, Hanover Square, West London, with Snowden beaming with fatherly pride as he delivered Frances, and the Marchioness of Douro and Sienna Miller and her then-boyfriend Jude Law among the guests
Lady Frances’ father – Tony Armstrong-Jones before he was ennobled – enjoyed multiple 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, Snowden was also romantically involved with journalist Ann Hills, who committed suicide in 1996.
He subsequently fathered 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 to Luncheon, the magazine Francis co-founded, went unanswered.
Porchi’s son rides to Holly’s defense
TV golden girl Holly Willoughby has been tainted by claims of ‘queue jumping’ after she and fellow This Morning presenter Philip Schofield were accused of bypassing the 13-hour queue of people waiting to see the Queen’s funeral.
Now, however, a friend of Her Majesty’s has rushed to Holly’s defense.
Harry Herbert – whose father, ‘Porchy’, the 7th Earl of Carnarvon, was the Queen’s racing manager and close confidant – declares passionately: “They never jumped the queue”.
He added of the ITV presenters: “It’s terrible what they’re going through.”
Harry Herbert (right) — whose father, ‘Porchy’, the 7th Earl of Carnarvon, was the Queen’s racing manager and a close confidant insisted Holly (left) and Phil not miss the tail
TV golden girl Holly Willoughby has been tainted by claims of ‘queue jumping’ after she and fellow This Morning host Philip Schofield were accused of bypassing the 13-hour queue of people
(Very) modern manners…
Surely this is no place for a lady?
Former ‘face of Ascot’ Martha, Lady Sitwell, has announced plans to join OnlyFans.
This is the website whose content creators – some of whom are sex workers, some of whom provide content that does not involve nudity at all – charge users for provocative and intimate photos, videos and text messages.
Former ‘Face of Ascot’ Martha Lady Sitwell (pictured) has announced plans to join OnlyFans
“If I read erotic literature on OnlyFans, would you pay and how much?” she asked her fans on Instagram.
The ex-wife of film producer Baronet Sir George Sitwell added: “Other suggestions (not actually playing the game) are also welcome.”
Marta, 42, who divorced in 2017 and claims to be close to bankruptcy, tells me she’s had “very positive responses” to her comments. She adds: “I’m still working [country sports brand]Sitwell & Whippet and I still 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’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 for a £4.3million extension to the stable block at his country retreat.
Phil Spencer (pictured) has applied to East Hampshire Council for a £4.3m extension to the stable block at his country retreat
The six-bedroom property now boasts a tennis court, gym, cinema, games room, wine cellar and paddocks spread over ten acres. Planning officer Luke Turner said: “The proposal is considered acceptable as it would be in keeping with the scale and character of the dwelling [and] will 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-husband Andrew Parker Bowles.
“I’ve met him many, many times over the years,” says the New Zealand-born soprano, 78. “We went on a huge holiday in Scotland. He tells me, “Kiri, I was the first real man to kiss you.”
Lady Kiri Te Kanawa (caricature), who sang at the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana, is a big fan of the Queen’s ex-husband Andrew Parker Bowles
“I said, ‘Oh, Andrew, come on, please!'” He’s an absolute charmer.
In the hit 1980s sitcom To The Manor Born, Peter Bowles played a nouveau riche supermarket owner who buys Penelope Keith’s mansion for £1 million after her husband’s death.
In real life, the actor, who died of cancer in March aged 85, left his wife Susan £300,000, according to his will 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 the SNP leader at Westminster, Ian Blackford.
“Making Balmoral a year-round visitor attraction is something that King Charles should consider,” he says.
“Obviously the parts of the castle that are particularly sensitive to the late Queen must remain off limits.”
Blackford adds: “This would provide a huge boost to both the local economy and employment. It would also help Balmoral pay his way.
Soho India heiress Rose James is devastated by the death of her beloved pug, Aladdin.
“I’m absolutely heartbroken,” wailed India, who attended the launch party for photographer Gavin Bond’s Being There exhibition at Claridge’s Hotel in Mayfair.
“Words can’t describe how much it hurts.” India, 30, was dubbed the Princess of Soho at the age of 21 when she inherited £329 million from her grandfather, porn baron Paul Raymond.
“Over ten years of support, love and friendship is completely irreplaceable,” she adds. “Enjoy dog heaven where grandpa won’t be able to stop you from eating all the butter.”