EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Carrie Johnson’s loyal best friend to wed… and PM’s wife could soon be walking down the aisle as a bridesmaid
Carrie Johnson could soon be walking down the aisle again, but this time as a bridesmaid.
I hear the best friend of the Prime Minister’s wife, Emma Barr, pictured with Carrie, is engaged, to restaurant PR man William Hanley.
Emma, a former government special adviser who worked as a Tory press officer under Carrie, tells me: ‘William and I are over the moon and we can’t wait to celebrate with our friends and family.’
She has publicly accused Carrie’s critics of ‘jealousy’, gushing: ‘She was a wonderful boss and has always gone out of her way to support me.’
Here comes the invitation: Carrie’s loyal gal pal Emma Barr to wed
Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives, accompanied by now-wife Carrie Symonds, ahead of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester in 2019
(Very) modern manners
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s university pal, singer and actor Jules Knight, is taking ‘rewilding’ to extremes.
Singer and actor Jules Knight, pictured in 2011, has moved to the country to save the environment
The dashing former Holby City star, 40, reveals he’s upped sticks from his home in London for the country in a bid to save the environment.
‘I’ve moved into my eco-hut to better manage my re-wilding project at my estate in North Norfolk, where I’m attempting to live off the land as I work on my next album,’ Knight tells me.
‘It’s entirely powered through a mixture of solar, wind, and animal waste, so I’m totally “off the grid” power-wise.’
Don’t pooh-pooh it!
Mrs Elba loses her sparkle next to Kitty
Slipping into a £2,380 figure-hugging dress for a wedding usually guarantees turning at least a few heads, but unfortunately for Idris Elba’s wife, Sabrina, it had the opposite effect.
The 33-year-old former Miss Vancouver chose to wear a stylish Rick Owens gown to attend the Los Angeles wedding of her friends, PR boss Simon Huck and Phil Riportella, a finance executive.
Lady Kitty Spencer and Sabrina Elba attend the wedding of friends Simon Huck and Phil Riportella
She soon discovered, however, that her mauve frock was the same colour as the walls of the Beverly Hills Hotel.
‘Sabrina is beautiful and usually stands out everywhere she goes, but for a chunk of the night she basically faded into the background,’ says one of the guests.
Sabrina is pictured above with her pal, Princess Diana’s niece Lady Kitty Spencer, 30, who had no problem attracting attention in a sparkling Dolce & Gabbana number.
She once modelled lingerie, but ex-M&S model Erin O’Connor considers mini-skirts a fashion faux pas.
The 6ft Vogue cover star says she refuses to wear them because they are ‘disproportionate’ for her height.
‘I would never wear miniskirts,’ exclaims the 43-year-old. ‘I know they’re meant to be sexy and quite feminine, but it actually does the opposite for me.’
She adds: ‘I really enjoy being a woman, but the shape and structure of women’s clothing hasn’t done me a huge amount of favours.’
Despite her dislike of mini-skirts, Erin says she’s been forced to wear them on the catwalk.
‘I’ve worn them for work, but when I have a say in terms of feeling desirable and a bit sexy, I would wear a really well-cut pair of trousers. That’s my idea of sexiness.’
The smart set’s talking about… Why Gilmour girl is in the pink
Landing a tiny part in Downton Abbey eight years ago, aged 11, was just the beginning for actress Romany Gilmour.
I hear the daughter of Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and novelist Polly Samson has been snapped up by one of the country’s biggest talent agencies.
‘I am very happy to announce that I am now represented by Tavistock Wood,’ confirms Romany, who joins Hollywood stars Alicia Vikander and Lily James on their books. Romany is the youngest of David’s eight children.
Her first credited appearance will be in Wonderwell, starring the late Carrie Fisher.
A woman of many talents, Romany is also a musician and last year sang with her father on Yes, I Have Ghosts