Savile Row tailor Bryan Manning recounts how Prince Edward always addressed him as ‘matey’3 min read

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Savile Row tailor Bryan Manning recounts how Prince Edward always addressed him as ‘matey’ when preparing for doomed TV show Royal It’s A Knockout in the 80s

Things can get toe-curlingly embarrassing very quickly when less-astute Royals try to get down with the people. Savile Row tailor Bryan Manning recounts how – when preparing for doomed TV show Royal It’s A Knockout in the 80s – Prince Edward always addressed him as ‘matey’. 

‘I put him on speaker phone so my friends could hear him say “matey” – we had such a laugh,’ Bryan tells me. ‘And when I went to measure Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson at their home, Sarah came down the stairs wearing a T-shirt, with ‘Piste Again’ on!’ Cringe.

Sarah, Duchess of York, and The Duke of York arriving during day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse in June last year

Sarah, Duchess of York, and The Duke of York arriving during day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse in June last year

It’s hard to miss striking 6ft-tall model Fiona Jane Johansen, who is making a big noise in the fashion world. She doubles up as a DJ and has been booked by Dior, Louis Vuitton and Emilio Pucci for their uber-exclusive star-studded parties.

Copenhagen-born Fiona Jane, right, can easily be spotted behind the decks at celebrity hotspot the Chiltern Firehouse twice a week – and I’ve no doubt we’ll see the statuesque Dane hitting greater heights soon!

It’s hard to miss striking 6ft-tall model Fiona Jane Johansen (pictured), who is making a big noise in the fashion world. She doubles up as a DJ and has been booked by Dior, Louis Vuitton and Emilio Pucci for their uber-exclusive star-studded parties

It’s hard to miss striking 6ft-tall model Fiona Jane Johansen (pictured), who is making a big noise in the fashion world. She doubles up as a DJ and has been booked by Dior, Louis Vuitton and Emilio Pucci for their uber-exclusive star-studded parties

It probably seemed like a great idea at the time… grab hold of the prow of the boat and capture that perfect Titanic-style selfie.

But Victoria star Jenna Coleman hadn’t banked on the choppy sea, and her big moment quickly descended into farce as she wobbled precariously off balance and then ended up far from glamorously in the bottom of the boat with her hat askew.

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The down-to-earth star had the good grace to admit to her Instagram followers that she didn’t really know what she was doing with the jokey caption ‘Chartering #totallygotthis’.

Jenna is staying in the five-star One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives after finishing BBC One crime drama The Serpent. At least she looked beach chic in a D’Ascoli dress.

It probably seemed like a great idea at the time... grab hold of the prow of the boat and capture that perfect Titanic-style selfie

But Victoria star Jenna Coleman hadn’t banked on the choppy sea, and her big moment quickly descended into farce as she wobbled precariously off balance and then ended up far from glamorously in the bottom of the boat with her hat askew

It probably seemed like a great idea at the time… grab hold of the prow of the boat and capture that perfect Titanic-style selfie

The down-to-earth star had the good grace to admit to her Instagram followers that she didn’t really know what she was doing with the jokey caption ‘Chartering #totallygotthis’

The down-to-earth star had the good grace to admit to her Instagram followers that she didn’t really know what she was doing with the jokey caption ‘Chartering #totallygotthis’

He’s a national hero to whom Britain owes an incalculable debt. But it seems Sir Winston Churchill wasn’t always scrupulous about settling his own bills. The Bangalore Club in Bengaluru has revealed that in 1899 Winston left India, where he was stationed as an officer, owing the princely sum of… 13 rupees.

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I’m told the club does take payments online if Winston’s grandson, Sir Nicholas Soames, ever decides to pay it off…

What could be more romantic than getting married, err, under a tree? That’s what Cressida Bonas hoped to do with estate agent beau Harry Wentworth-Stanley. 

Thankfully, one family member has his feet planted firmly on the ground: Cressie’s father Jeffrey, who had no truck with her wacky new-age dreams. 

‘I upset my dad by saying I wanted to get hitched under a tree,’ said Cressida – a former girlfriend of Prince Harry. ‘He’s in his 70s and looked at me as if I had lost the plot, then he insisted that we say our vows in a church.’

Cressida Bonas and Harry Wentworth Stanley announce their engagement on Instagram

Cressida Bonas and Harry Wentworth Stanley announce their engagement on Instagram

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