EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Meghan Markle’s £56k dress-maker unveils her latest little accessory
Tamara Ralph, who created the transparent £56,000 dress that Meghan Markle wore in her engagement photos, enjoys putting on the Ritz.
The designer was accused of squandering her Mayfair fashion house Ralph & Russo’s cash on luxury lingerie and costly hair salon appointments before its collapse earlier this year.
But that didn’t deter her from giving a lavish party to celebrate her 40th birthday party at the weekend.
Tamara Ralph and partner Bhanu Chaudhrie celebrate her 40th Birthday with their daughter
Tamara wore a racy red dress, split at the thigh, while her ten-month-old daughter, Haliya, was in a matching scarlet outfit.
They were joined at the Hotel de Paris in Monaco by her super-rich boyfriend Bhanu Choudhrie.
He had to give his interior designer ex-wife, Simrin, a staggering £60 million divorce payout earlier this year.
Ralph with designer Michael Russo. She was accused of squandering fashion house Ralph & Russo’s cash on luxury lingerie and costly hair salon appointments before its collapse earlier this year
Ralph created the transparent £56,000 dress that Meghan Markle wore in her engagement photos, enjoys putting on the Ritz
Cellist Julian takes a bow
Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, who was heartbroken when forced to quit performing seven years ago because of a chronic shoulder injury, will be back on stage this Thursday.
But this time, it will be his fourth wife, Jiaxin Cheng, 47, playing the cello, and their ten-year-old daughter, Jasmine, singing, while Lloyd Webber, 70, gives a reading, at the Kids For Kids fundraiser in Belgravia.
‘We wanted something special to celebrate our 20th year,’ the charity’s founder, Patricia Parker, tells me.
‘It is very exciting that Julian will perform for us.
‘Our aim at the concert is to make him become very personally involved with the work we do for the kids who have nothing in Darfur.’
Sometime hell-raiser Julie Burchill has an unusual excuse for not wearing a mask during the pandemic.
‘I did refuse to wear a mask the entire time,’ explains the outspoken writer, 62.
‘When I was asked why I wasn’t wearing a mask, I would look people in the eye and say, “I took too much cocaine in the Eighties and my nose is ruined.”
‘They’d either laugh or be really upset.’
Sir Paul McCartney and his ex-wife Heather Mills, who was awarded £24.3 million following her bitter divorce battle from the musician, in 2002
Mills, 53, posted a photo of herself doing an impressive stretch on Instagram and captioned it saying ‘stay flexible in your mind, not just your body’
Macca’s ex stretches a point…
Sir Paul McCartney once sang Twist And Shout, and it would seem that his ex-wife Heather Mills can still bend with the best of them.
Showing off her prowess at yoga, the 53-year-old businesswoman, who was awarded £24.3 million following her bitter divorce battle from Sir Paul, says: ‘Stay flexible in your mind, not just your body. . .otherwise you will spend half of your life creating wealth and the other half spending it on your health.’
Let’s hope Mills was able to Get Back (up).
Joe Warwick, who runs Michelin-starred SoLa in London’s Soho, was delighted when he was informed that his restaurant had won a prize at Lux magazine’s food and drink awards.
His delight turned to surprise when he was asked to fork out £1,000 a head to attend the ceremony. He calls this ‘shady parasitic s***’.
Master of Wine Natasha Hughes says: ‘I won one of those awards, too. Told them where they could stick their pricey crystal trophy.’
James Norton, 35, has type 1 diabetes and showed off his new glucose-monitoring device
TV hunk James’ chilly dip — and cool gadget
He’s tipped to be the next James Bond, and now James Norton has revealed his secret weapon.
It’s not a Walther PPK gun or an explosive watch, but a medical device.
The 35-year-old star of McMafia and Grantchester has type 1 diabetes, and he’s shown off the Dexcom device, which monitors glucose in the blood and sends messages to his phone, after a very bracing dip in Kent.
‘It requires constant care and attention as well as patience and fortitude, but occasionally can be a strange sort of support, and even a power,’ he says of his condition.