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She’s the society model who became the face of Royal Ascot, but Martha Sitwell has been keeping a secret for the past quarter of a century. Now, the ex-wife of baronet Sir George Sitwell has spoken for the first time about her 25-year-old son. The socialite, who gave birth to Conor de Blank when she was just 17, decided that the baby should be raised by her aunt. Lady Sitwell tells me: ‘People weren’t thrilled that I was having a baby at that age. I had huge help from my aunt.

EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Battle lines are drawn on Chelsea’s most starry street over planned basement work

Trouble is brewing on one of Chelsea’s most star-studded and expensive streets — Cheyne Walk. For I can reveal that socialite Amanda Eliasch, 61, has gone to war with French multi-millionaire financier Hugues Lepic, 57, whom she is accusing of destroying the foundations of her Grade II-listed property with his planned basement works at his £7 million seven-bedroom terrace house.

Sex Education star Asa Butterfield’s fortune rockets by more than £1million

Sex Education star Asa Butterfield’s fortune rockets by more than £1million – months after playing awkward student Otis Milburn in third season of Netflix dramaBy Stephanie Takyi For The Mail On Sunday and Jason Chester for MailOnline Published: 07:42 EDT, 14 April 2022 | Updated: 07:43 EDT, 14 April 2022 Sex Education star Asa Butterfield’s fortune has rocketed by £1million since he filmed the Netflix drama’s third season.

Jo Wood breaks her ankle at ex Ronnie’s house but claims she ‘wasn’t drunk’

‘I want to get better so I can see the Stones in Hyde Park this summer!’ Jo Wood breaks her ankle at ex Ronnie’s house – but claims she ‘wasn’t drunk!’By Stephanie Takyi For The Daily Mail and Milly Veitch For Mailonline Published: 06:23 EDT, 14 April 2022 | Updated: 06:23 EDT, 14 April 2022 Jo Wood has suffered a broken ankle after falling down a staircase at her ex-husband Ronnie Wood’s home in Ireland.

Irvine Welsh reveals engagement to former Taggart star Emma Currie

mogaz news enfashion(dailymail)fashion(dailymail) Thursday 14th April 2022 08:53 AMIrvine Welsh reveals engagement to former Taggart star Emma Currie Is a romantic novel next for Irvine Welsh?

Irvine Welsh reveals engagement to former Taggart star Emma Currie

Is a romantic novel next for Irvine Welsh? Twice-married Trainspotting author announces engagement to former Taggart star Emma CurrieBy Stephanie Takyi For The Daily Mail and Jason Chester for MailOnline Published: 03:35 EDT, 14 April 2022 | Updated: 03:45 EDT, 14 April 2022 Could a romantic novel be next in store for Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, who has revealed he has become engaged to Taggart actress Emma Currie?

EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Princess Beatrice’s stepson and the riddle over snaps of birthday bash

Mystery surrounds the sixth birthday party on Tuesday of Princess Beatrice’s stepson Christopher, known as Wolfie. After his mother Dara Huang this week posted a selection of pictures online documenting that his big bash had taken place at Kensington Palace Gardens, within hours the joyous snaps were swiftly removed and deleted by Dara, who offered no explanation as to why she had taken them down.

EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Bridgerton school’s £6.5m plan to build new tech centre sparks estate drama

Stowe School piqued the public’s interest when it graced our screens as one of the glorious period settings in the hit Netflix drama Bridgerton. But now I hear the public school in Buckingham, whose alumni include the likes of Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriends Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas, and Virgin tycoon Sir Richard Branson, has stoked some theatrics of its own.

EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Hello! Why was Dame Joan Collins so camera-shy at her anniversary bash?

Published: 20:58 EST, 18 February 2022 | Updated: 21:02 EST, 18 February 2022 Dame Joan Collins isn’t normally one to be camera shy so I was surprised to find the actress dodging the snappers as she hosted a glittering anniversary bash at Claridges to celebrate 20 years of marriage to her fifth husband, film producer Percy Gibson.

EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Happy Valley star James Norton pops the question

Published: 17:29 EST, 17 February 2022 | Updated: 17:32 EST, 17 February 2022 All those fans who have swooned over James Norton should brace themselves, as I can exclusively reveal the dashing actor, tipped to be the next James Bond, has got engaged. The 36-year-old star of Happy Valley, Grantchester, War & Peace and McMafia is now off-limits after proposing to his leading lady of the past four years, actress Imogen Poots, 32.

Green list travel: Exploring the beautiful lavender fields in Hvar, Croatia

Can there be anything more uplifting than strolling through an endless sea of lavender on a hot summer’s day, when purple fields meet blue sky? Better still, is there anything more relaxing than to smell the gorgeous scent that drifts from the stems as you brush against them? The sights and smells of lavender will surround you on Hvar, the colourful Croatian island where dry, chalky soils and long sunny days provide some of the world’s most perfect growing conditions.

Release your inner Flintstone with a vacation at this incredible rock-face desert Airbnb in Colorado

Most travellers dread their vacation getting off to a rocky start – but here, it’s something to be embraced. This incredible Airbnb has been built into the flank of a mountain in southwest Colorado, with the rock face forming a striking part of the interior design – it juts right into the open-plan living room and kitchen, and forms a wall in the bathroom and utility room. Truly a place to release your inner Flintstone.

The 25 hottest new hotels on the planet ranked by the 2021 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards

Is your wanderlust cold and dormant? These hotels might warm it up a bit – because they are the top 25 hottest new hotels on the planet, as ranked by the 2021 Travellers’ Choice Awards. The list was determined with an algorithm analysing non-large chain hotels that opened July 1, 2019, or later and received a high volume of positive reviews and ratings.

The REAL England of Bridgerton revealed in new book that reveals season one’s filming locations

Fans of Bridgerton struggling with the wait for season two can sate their appetite for Regency romance and drama by delving into a new book that lifts the lid on the real-life locations that brought the show to life.

Nuku Hiva: This paradise island is one of the remotest places on the planet

(CNN) — For miles on end there are hardly any inhabitants in sight on the French Polynesian island of Nuku Hiva. This South Pacific utopia is one of the world’s most remote locations and is an extraordinary part of the planet where a traveler can be as far from the crowds as it’s possible to be. The view from the infinity pool in Le Nuku Hiva by Pearl Resorts, the only hotel on the island, is of the cobalt blue of Taiohae Bay.

How colourism has affected me, from using bleaching creams to being fetishised by men

When the Duchess of Sussex told Oprah Winfrey that “concerns” were expressed by an unnamed member of the Royal family over how dark their son Archie’s skin would be once born, many people were shocked. Sadly, I wasn’t too surprised by this stark revelation. Many people of colour have often found themselves on the receiving end of colourism – a form of racism linked to the colour of someone’s skin.

How I’m learning to embrace my natural hair, after spending thousands to cover up my afro

A recent survey by the hair care brand Pantene found that 93 per cent of Black people in the UK had experienced racial discrimination related to afro hair. While I can relate to this alarming statistic, I have also been guilty of hating my natural hair’s tightly coiled state. I have had very thick afro hair since I was a child. My hair was hard to tame even for a Black mother who had a similar hair pattern to mine, and I would shriek in pain on a daily basis as she tried to comb and style it.

Eye-strain and anxiety have forced me to cut back on screen time in lockdown

As we face more weeks of being cooped up indoors, the hours spent online or sat in front of the TV can be to our detrimentTechnology has been a saving grace during this pandemic by keeping us connected with friends, family and work. I’ve been jumping online more than ever just to be entertained through apps, videos, memes, post shares, video calls, Zoom and home workouts. The list is endless and a welcome distraction from the boredom of being stuck at home during a third national lockdown.

 

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