EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: David Beckham designs luxury hotel suites

EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: And so to bed with Becks! David Beckham designs luxury hotel suites… complete with his portrait on the wall

Fancy sleeping with David Beckham? The former England captain has co-designed ‘Suites by David Beckham’ at a hotel in Macao, the ‘Las Vegas of the East’.

Not only do the 14 rooms have a portrait of a brooding Becks on the walls — as well as one of his wife, Victoria, holding a camera — but the bed linen is monogrammed with his initials.

Part of The Londoner chain, the Chinese hotel says the suites, ‘reflect the best of the star’s discerning style and sophistication and feature the comforts he enjoys when travelling’.

David Beckham (left) has co-designed ¿Suites by David Beckham¿ at a hotel in Macao, the ¿Las Vegas of the East¿

David Beckham (left) has co-designed ‘Suites by David Beckham’ at a hotel in Macao, the ‘Las Vegas of the East’

The suites are promoted as more desirable than the Windsor ones, which cost £756 per night

The suites are promoted as more desirable than the Windsor ones, which cost £756 per night 

Not only do the 14 rooms have a portrait of a brooding Becks on the walls ¿ as well as one of his wife, Victoria, holding a camera ¿ but the bed linen is monogrammed with his initials

Not only do the 14 rooms have a portrait of a brooding Becks on the walls — as well as one of his wife, Victoria, holding a camera — but the bed linen is monogrammed with his initials

Part of The Londoner chain, the Chinese hotel says the suites, ¿reflect the best of the star¿s discerning style and sophistication and feature the comforts he enjoys when travelling¿

Part of The Londoner chain, the Chinese hotel says the suites, ‘reflect the best of the star’s discerning style and sophistication and feature the comforts he enjoys when travelling’

Worryingly, perhaps, for the royals, the suites are promoted as more desirable than the Windsor ones, which cost £756 per night. Beckham’s are ‘by invitation’ only.

 

An icy smack in the kisser 

Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, — played by Claire Foy in the BBC drama A Very British Scandal— failed to captivate Prince Philip’s uncle, Lord Mountbatten.

His daughter, the Queen’s bridesmaid Lady Pamela Hicks, has revealed that her father took the ‘dirty Duchess’ out for a drive.

‘She wanted an ice cream but he bought her a cornet,’ says Lady Pamela, 92.

‘He was so young — he had that terrible schoolboy sense of humour — and while she was putting the cornet to her lips, he put the brakes on. That beautiful face was covered in ice cream. She never spoke to him again.’

 

Queen keeps Boris waiting 

When will Boris Johnson have the chance to apologise in person to the Queen for allowing parties in Downing Street before her husband had even been buried?

Prime Ministers have weekly audiences with the monarch but Boris has not spoken to Her Majesty for five weeks.

Prime Ministers have weekly audiences with the monarch but Boris Johnson has not spoken to Her Majesty for five weeks

Prime Ministers have weekly audiences with the monarch but Boris Johnson has not spoken to Her Majesty for five weeks

Last January, they had four meetings, all via telephone.

Buckingham Palace declines to comment, but a royal source insists: ‘It is not unusual for there not to be an audience between the Queen and the PM at this time of year.’

 

Romance is no joke 

Heard the one about the Leftie comedians who fell for each other during the pandemic? I can disclose that former I’m A Celebrity star Shappi Khorsandi, 48, and fellow comic Mark Steel, 61, (left) are now a couple. 

They even spent Christmas together. A pal says: ‘They share the same sense of humour.’

Former I¿m A Celebrity star Shappi Khorsandi, 48, (pictured) and fellow comic Mark Steel, 61, (left) are now a couple

Former I’m A Celebrity star Shappi Khorsandi, 48, (pictured) and fellow comic Mark Steel, 61, (left) are now a couple

Steel, who was adopted, discovered his real father was Joe Dwek, a multi-millionaire Wall Street trader and friend of the royals.

 

Super-rich tech moguls such as Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg have partly credited their success to wearing the same outfit every day, so they don’t have to waste valuable brainpower on choosing clothes. The same is true for BBC presenter Monty Don, who is always seen in a rumpled navy blue shirt and colourful scarf on his programme Gardeners’ World. He explains to a viewer: ‘I have eight identical shirts — a week’s supply.’ Though when he was accused of always looking scruffy as a result, he quipped: ‘At least I am consistent.’

 

Jenson Button fiancee in a racy little number

Formula One champion Jenson Button’s fiancee, Brittny Ward, appears to be missing her former life as a Playboy model.

The 31-year-old Californian gave up modelling after giving birth to her son, Hendrix, in 2019. She had their daughter, Lenny, the following year.

Formula One champion Jenson Button¿s fiancee, Brittny Ward, appears to be missing her former life as a Playboy model

Formula One champion Jenson Button’s fiancee, Brittny Ward, appears to be missing her former life as a Playboy model

Now, she’s posed for a series of photographs by Button, 42, who retired from F1 in 2016. ‘Mama has worked hard,’ she jokes, boasting about her figure. They have been together since Jenson’s one-year marriage to Jessica Michibata ended in 2015.

 

Circus boss Cottle rewards betrayed wife in £5.7m will

The wife of Britain’s greatest showman, Gerry Cottle, once told him he was ‘not a proper husband’.

Betty Cottle suffered decades of the circus impresario’s womanising and cocaine addiction before they separated in 2001. He later moved in with Anna Carter, of Carters Steam Fair. Now, however, there comes a dramatic apology from beyond the grave.

I can reveal that Betty has been named as a beneficiary in the will of Cottle, who died of Covid last January aged 75. And he left an astonishing £5.7 million gross estate despite having been declared bankrupt twice.

He was regularly forced to sell his assets, including elephants, baboons and lions, as well as circus paraphernalia. Betty will also be handed his share in a valuable painting by Edward Seago.

The wife of Britain¿s greatest showman, Gerry Cottle, (middle) once told him he was ¿not a proper husband¿

The wife of Britain’s greatest showman, Gerry Cottle, (middle) once told him he was ‘not a proper husband’

Newly published probate documents disclose that Cottle, who ran away from his middle-class Surrey home to join the circus when he was 15, left assets including Wookey Hole Caves, which he bought in 2003. The Somerset tourist attraction was so close to his heart that he named its night manager as a beneficiary.

Others to benefit include Cottle’s son, Gerry, and his three daughters, as well as his son-in-law Willie Ramsay, whom he wished to be ‘regarded the same as one of my descendants’. Ramsay trained Hollywood star Angelina Jolie for the film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

It has not been made public how much each beneficiary will receive. Cottle specified: ‘In respect of financial sums that I would like to be paid to certain individuals, I express the wish that my trustees have regard to any letter of wishes stored with my will or with my papers at my death.’

 

Chat show host Alan Carr has revealed he’s stopped using Uber cars since a driver threw his beloved Irish setter, Bev, in the boot.

‘I haven’t been in an Uber for ages,’ the funnyman says. ‘They put my dog in the boot once and it p****d me off. I said: “Do you take dogs?”

‘He went: “Yeah,” and then Bev went in the boot. I said: “Get me dog out the boot.” It was like in movies when you kidnap people.’