EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: No more palace foie gras for the great Kate

EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: No more palace foie gras for the great Kate

What does the Princess of Wales think of the King banning foie gras from the palace menus?

Kate’s taste for delicacy, created by force-feeding geese, was unwittingly revealed when she chose it for lunch at Koffmann’s restaurant in Knightsbridge a few weeks before her wedding to William.

Charles has been campaigning against foie gras since ordering his chefs to stop buying it in 2008.

Kate had lunch with Camilla, who wisely maintained marital harmony by opting for the rabbit.

Restaurateur Richard Caring describes as “masterpieces” the four unicorns created by Damien Hirst for his new Greek restaurant Bacchanalia. “I created loving angels kissing on unicorns because I wanted unicorns to look like they had wings,” the artist said. “But in fact, there are winged angels on their backs.” So why did Hirst airbrush all the genitals of the four giant unicorns? Does Richard fear that well-endowed beasts will dissuade diners from their kleftiko in his £30million Mount Street trough?

Former England player Joe Cole was upset at the 2010 World Cup when Italian-born manager Fabio Capello and his support team cheered on their home side ahead of the England squad. “What made me at the World Cup was when they were all watching Italy, like screaming and screaming when they scored,” he says. “I just think the foresight wasn’t great. It bothered me as an Englishman.

EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: No more palace foie gras for the great Kate

Unimpressed with The Crown, Princess Margaret’s former lady-in-waiting Lady Glenconner, pictured, complains: ‘I know from being in The Crown that what was in it was absolutely not true. I’m sitting with Princess Margaret by a swimming pool, pimping for her, saying, ‘Do you like that young man over there? With the pretty stocking?’ This certainly did not happen!

Thick Of It creator Armando Iannucci speculates that Liz Truss started practicing PM at the age of six in her bedroom, in her mirror with a hairbrush. But instead of singing on the radio, she was giving Margaret Thatcher speeches. Confirming he won’t revive political satire, he told the Radio Times his power died when MPs co-opted his ‘omnishambles’ phrase in Parliament, adding: ‘Show me something in The Thick Of It that doesn’t certainly wouldn’t have happened in politics at the time.’

Discussing difficult relationships with his mother Muriel, who died aged 101 in 2000, John Cleese recalled telling her he wouldn’t miss her when she died, adding: “I said, ‘When you die , I’ll take you to a taxidermist and have you stuffed. I’m going to put you in a display case by the door and every time I go out, I say hello to you mom! Cleese says, “She was happy, she was bragging about it in the nursing home.”

Historian Sir Simon Schama Strictly refused, knowing he would make a “total moron” of himself. “My dance style is a scary thing,” he told Radio Times. “A cross between David Brent in The Office and an amateur version of Saturday Night Fever.” Surely more dancing than the workhorse John Sergeant?


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