I have two updates related to Kate Middleton – one related to her 2012 topless France photos, and one related to her British Vogue cover – and Prince Harry in Nottingham.
First Kate update: Six people are set to face trial in France under privacy laws over the publication of Kate’s 2012 topless photos taken while on vacation in France. A judicial source said those covered by the case would include senior staff at French regional newspaper La Provence, Closer Magazine, and Closer’s parent company – Silvio Berlusconi’s Arnoldo Mondadori Editore publishing group. The trial is likely to start next year. [Mirror]
Second Kate update: I posted on Monday about how British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman talked about Kate, saying “She’s incredibly likeable”, and comparing her to Diana. Well now Shulman has given an interview to Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour where she talked about how well Kate’s Vogue cover sold.
Shulman said: “Yes she did very very well for us but actually she wasn’t the best selling issue of the year. But that’s not because of Cara Delevingne it’s because it’s the September issue and everyone wants to buy Vogue for fashion, so you can’t really judge it that way.”
I mean, it’s not shocking to me that the September issue outsold Kate’s June issue. I don’t follow or buy fashion magazines, but the September issue is usually the biggest of the year, correct? I understand that Kate’s was the centenary issue, but still.
Prince Harry toured Nottingham yesterday, October 26. Harry’s day began at Nottingham’s new police station. He met members of the public who had gathered outside to see him. During the impromptu walkabout, Harry was handed a carrier bag full of goodies by 80 year old Irene Hartman including a box of Nottingham Fudge and a bag of Haribo gummies. Harry asked her: “How did you know I like them?”
Afterward, Irene said: “I met Prince Charles and Diana many years ago and I remember them saying he liked Haribo. I told Harry I knew from when he was a young boy and I told him ‘your mum would have been proud of you’. He’s a lovely man and he’s just like his mum. He’s doing things like she used to do.”
Harry also received a white rose from Dr. Alicia Osorio, 32, originally from Mexico City, who told Harry she was giving him the rose because his mother Princess Diana was an English rose. She said: “I wanted to give him a rose because it reminds me of his mother who was an English rose. I asked if he can put it on his mother’s tomb. He said: ‘Thank you very much. White is my favourite colour’.”
Harry then toured the building, meeting officers from Nottingham Police and Nottingham Council, including cadets and trading standards officers, whose services are now all under one roof in the new station. Harry attended a police briefing to find out about the issues which are affecting people in Nottingham communities, and was shown many of the goods which have been seized which fail trading standards.
Harry’s next stop was the National Ice Centre to catch up with the Coach Core sporting apprentices. The Coach Core apprenticeship scheme gives young people age 16-24 living in London and Glasgow the chance to become the next generation of inspirational coaches. Coach Core is run by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
Harry played with balls outside, then moved indoors to the ice rink. Harry was given a pair of ice skates, but declined to have a go on the ice, saying: “Gifts are fine but don’t expect me to get on the ice.”
As Harry left, he was introduced to Casey Johnson, 11, who has undergone heart surgery five times and her friend Rachel Hammond, 25, who had a heart transplant in June. Nottingham-born Rachel had drawn up a ‘bucket list’ before her surgery, not knowing whether a suitable heart would be found or whether she would survive the traumatic operation. On that list was meeting Prince Harry – as well as wearing a wedding dress and taking a trip to New York.
Video: Prince Harry meets Rachel Hammond, 25, who had a heart transplant in June -it was on her bucket list to meet him.She was delighted! pic.twitter.com/wE4JSyx8zG
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) October 26, 2016
Harry stopped to chat with the girls, and even took a photo with them. The talented Ed Lane Fox took the photo. Rachel said afterward:
“I’ve always wanted to meet him since I was a little girl. I think he’s handsome but he does amazing work for charity and seems very normal for a Royal. I can’t believe he stopped – it was just amazing. That’s one thing ticked off my bucket list! Hopefully everything will be ok as I feel amazing after the operation. Harry wanted to know all about how it had gone and how I was feeling. He was lovely.”
Heart transplant patient Rachel Hammond (on H's left) -who put meeting Prince Harry on her bucket list-has kindly given me this. Thank you x pic.twitter.com/eFS1DJyqjV
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) October 26, 2016
Harry then moved to Full Effect, a community recording studio which aims to reduce youth violence and improve opportunities for young people in the city. Full Effect is another project founded by the Royal Foundation.
Harry saw rehearsals for Full Effect initiative “Hip Hopera” – a project which engages young people through music.
This "hip hopera" group uses the Full Effect centre as a work space and its great to see a live rehearsal in action. pic.twitter.com/10i27bM8PE
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 26, 2016
BTW, I want to draw attention to the fact that Mr. Harry here did a wardrobe change. He arrived at the Nottingham Police Station in a blue suit, white shirt, and light blue tie. And left the Police Station in a navy shirt, dark grey pants, and light brown shoes. Apparently Harry has mastered the art of dressing for the occasion, even if that means changing mid-day so as to wear the appropriate clothes to each engagement.