EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Ladies in red! Ben Goldsmith’s wife Jemima Jones and her sister Quentin wore matching dresses to star-studded party
Guests at the party of the weekend thought they were seeing double. Financier Ben Goldsmith’s wife, Jemima Jones, 35, left, wore a long, red dress that matched the one sported by the model-turned-caterer’s pregnant sister, Quentin, 38, far left.
‘Not planned, but we’re always in sync,’ jokes Quentin, who’s married to tech entrepreneur George Northcott.
The party in Paris was to celebrate the 40th birthday of interior designer Hikari Yokoyama, wife of White Cube gallery founder Jay Jopling, 59. Among the guests were James Blunt, 48, above with fashion designer Misha Nonoo, 37, and pop star Ellie Goulding, 35, inset.
Financier Ben Goldsmith’s wife, Jemima Jones, 35, right, wore a long, red dress that matched the one sported by the model-turned-caterer’s pregnant sister, Quentin, 38, left
The party in Paris was to celebrate the 40th birthday of interior designer Hikari Yokoyama, wife of White Cube gallery founder Jay Jopling, 59. Among the guests were James Blunt, 48, above with fashion designer Misha Nonoo, 37
Ellie Goulding was also pictured at the party
Mystery as the King’s cousin Snowdon quits furniture firm
As a boy, David Linley’s passion for arts and crafts was such a source of pride to his grandma, the Queen Mother, that she would pass one of his early creations from school, a handmade wooden cigar humidor, around at parties.
And when prime minister Jim Callaghan asked Princess Margaret why her son had become a carpenter, she replied: ‘Christ was a carpenter.’
Now, however, I can reveal that King Charles’s cousin has quit the furniture business that he set up four decades ago. ‘He has resigned from the board,’ one of his friends confirms.
Documents filed at Companies House last week disclose that he has resigned as a director of three businesses: David Linley Holdings; David Linley & Co; and David Linley Furniture.
Pictured: A young David Linley at work
It’s not clear why the dramatic step was taken by David, 61, who became the 2nd Earl of Snowdon when his photographer father died in 2017. In June, David Linley Holdings reported a £171,000 pre-tax profit — a profound recovery from the previous year when it sustained a £2.4 million loss. However, the business still had net liabilities of £4.25 million.
He set up his own carpentry workshop above a chip shop in Dorking, Surrey, in 1982. Three years later, he upgraded to the King’s Road in Chelsea.
As he built up his fortune, clients included Sir Elton John and Sir Mick Jagger.
But after the 2008 financial crash, the company was bailed out by Russian oligarch Sergei Pugachev, nicknamed ‘cashier to the Kremlin’, who took a seat on the board.
Another crisis followed when Pugachev’s bank was liquidated and the Moscow authorities demanded repayment of a loan it had made to Linley.
Hedge fund tycoon Ian Wace is building ‘a global destination’ on a Scottish island. And I hear he’s managed to win retrospective planning permission for buildings already constructed.
Tanera Mor in the Summer Isles was bought in 2017 by Wace for £1.7 million and he’s overseeing a six-year programme of improvements which could see it become an idyllic retreat to host 60 paying guests.
His company, Summer Isles Enterprises Ltd, applied for permission for several buildings already under construction — or built — at the time. Highland Council gave its approval last week to already built extensions on the island.
How De Savary sailed through choppy waters
Late tycoon Peter de Savary led the British sailing team in two failed attempts to win the America’s Cup, but he did succeed in steering his family to safety.
At his funeral yesterday, at St Luke’s Church in Chelsea, De Savary’s friend John Taylor spoke of the incident. ‘He took his children out on a quick trip before the rain was due, but on the way back, black clouds began to appear, so they returned in full sail with the engine running at maximum pace.
‘The harbour master was less than impressed by the sight of a large boat coming into the harbour in full sail and at pace. But despite some colourful language from the harbour master over the radio, Peter navigated skilfully and safely into the berth.’
Old boys’ network no help to Harry
It will add insult to injury for Prince Harry that the peer who put forward an amendment at the House of Lords yesterday, trying to prevent him from ever representing the King as a Counsellor of State, was a fellow Old Etonian.
Lord Berkeley put his name to the amendment seeking to exclude the Duke of Sussex and ‘any other person who in the opinion of the Lord Chancellor has not in the immediately preceding two years undertaken royal duties on a regular basis’.
Tony Berkeley feels strongly about the Prince. Last week, he asked: ‘What is the position of Prince Andrew and Prince Harry, who no longer have the role to do royal duties?
‘Can they be removed or have they been removed or will they be standing in for His Majesty even though they don’t do royal duties?’
Boris Johnson’s controversial former right-hand man, Dominic Cummings, is not struggling to make ends meet.
He’s revealed that he earned £132,666 after quitting Downing Street. The inaugural accounts for his new IT consultancy business, Siwah Ltd, show it owed creditors £42,606 and was left with £91,055.
Siwah — the name of an oasis in an Egyptian desert — is registered to an office in Durham, the area where Cummings retired to in breach of Covid rules during the pandemic.
Pop knight Rod Stewart seems to have a hotline to Buckingham Palace. ‘We know him quite well,’ the singer says of King Charles. ‘He’s such a great guy. I played at his 60th birthday party. Great fella.’ Rod’s wife, ex-model Penny Lancaster, is a special constable who was on duty during the Queen’s funeral. He adds: ‘She loves the monarchy, and she got arm’s length to the coffin of her late Majesty.’