Is Tom Bradby hoping to rescue his friendship with Prince William?
IS ROYAL scoop-getter Tom Bradby trying to salvage his friendship with the future King, Prince William? Bradby hosted a tell-all interview with Prince Harry on ITV last night, the only UK chat for the Duke’s new book. But instead of boasting about it online, Bradby kept schtum.
Bradby is one of the few journalists who can claim to be a friend of the family: he went to both princes’ weddings, and did William and Kate’s engagement interview.
But in 2019, Bradby reportedly upset William by making a documentary with Harry and Meghan in Africa. After that, Bradby said he felt “caught in the middle” of the heir and the spare, calling it “deeply uncomfortable”.
The ITV man was praised for asking Harry hard questions, including about the contradiction of protecting his own privacy while invading his family’s. Bradby often posts about his journalism online. But this week, he’s only plugged his new detective thriller, which he called “the big news of today”.
Bigmouth strikes again?
AFTER a long week leading rail strikes, RMT union chief Mick Lynch let off some steam at a tribute act for The Smiths on Friday night at the Islington 02. At one point, an organiser at the concert thanked guests for navigating travel chaos. One fellow gig-goer tells us Mick didn’t sing along, but bobbed his head more and more enthusiastically as the night went on. Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want?
IDS the royal bard
IT SEEMS Prince Harry’s book has gone to our politicians’ heads. Quiet man on the Tory backbenches Iain Duncan Smith is so angry he expressed his feelings with a limerick, or an attempt at one, which he sent into the Telegraph’s letters pages. Leaving aside the messy metre and dud rhyming scheme, aren’t limericks supposed to be funny? “God, that’s dreadful,” says writer Philip Pullman. We are taking submissions for better ones.
Art fair bids farewell to London
FRESH disappointment for the London art world. Masterpiece, a fair held each summer at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, has been cancelled by organiser Art Basel. A spokesperson tells the Art Newspaper it is down to escalating costs and a fall in exhibitors, partly due to Brexit. Last year, London auction houses said they have been relegated to selling B-list paintings while the good stuff is flogged in New York.
Embattled cook Brooklyn gets his apron on at birthday party
Londoner’s Diary 9th January 2023
Nicola Peltz Beckham celebrated her 27th birthday last night with her mum and a big cake. Husband Brooklyn Beckham was in the kitchen, despite undercooking some beef in an online video last week.
Actors Olivia Colman and Toby Jones were in Margate for a showing of Sam Mendes’s new film Empire Of Light this weekend.
In Covent Garden, journalist Yomi Adegoke, model Flora Carter, and DJ Mercedes Benson and beauty expert Olivia Gold went to a ASHLUXE brand launch at the NoMad hotel on Saturday.