EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Duke of Rutland hails ex-MP Harvey Proctor’s return to his former glory


EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Duke of Rutland hails ex-MP Harvey Proctor’s return to his former glory

When he was accused of murder, former Tory MP Harvey Proctor resigned as private secretary to the Duke of Rutland.

With the claim proved to be false and his accuser, the fantasist Carl Beech, now serving 18 years in prison for perverting the course of justice and other offences, Proctor has won his job back at the age of 75. ‘After six years, my secretary has decided to leave the post, so I thought, “Who better than Harvey?”,’ the Duke tells me from Belvoir Castle, his ancestral home in Leicestershire. ‘He knows the castle, he knows the security arrangements and he still knows some of the people here.’

The Duke, David Manners, adds: ‘At the time he resigned, I never thought for a minute the allegations were true. I’m delighted he’s agreed to return to his job.’

After being accused of murder, ex-Tory MP Harvey Proctor (pictured) resigned as private secretary to the Duke of Rutland. Now 75, with the claim disproved, he's got his job back

After being accused of murder, ex-Tory MP Harvey Proctor (pictured) resigned as private secretary to the Duke of Rutland. Now 75, with the claim disproved, he’s got his job back

The Duke of Rutland told the Daily Mail: ' I never thought for a minute the allegations were true'

The Duke of Rutland told the Daily Mail: ‘ I never thought for a minute the allegations were true’

When he quit his £40,500-a-year post, Proctor lost his home on the estate, but he was allowed to move back in after the Duke’s daughter Lady Alice Manners and her boyfriend, Otis Ferry, moved out in 2020.

Carl Beech was jailed for 18 years after making false allegations of murder and child sexual abuse against high-profile individuals

Carl Beech was jailed for 18 years after making false allegations of murder and child sexual abuse against high-profile individuals

‘I’m back in my old house, which is a beautiful house in the Vale of Belvoir,’ Proctor says. ‘I don’t honestly think I have a feeling or a need of vindication. Others have proved what happened in 2015 was just a nonsense and I’ve managed to live through it and come out the other side.’ 

Speaking to Iain Dale on his LBC podcast All Talk, he adds: ‘I thought there wasn’t a future and now I feel confident and relaxed and ready for what anyone wants to bring to me.’

Beech’s lies included claims that an establishment paedophile ring was responsible for three murders.

Proctor has called on the Met Police commissioner to give him transparency ‘before I die’. He said it was ‘something denied’ to the late Lord (Leon) Brittan, Field Marshal Lord Bramall, Sir Edward Heath and others who were also investigated.

Poignant letter shows Philip as young outsider 

Prince Philip never forgot what it was like to find himself in a strange country as a little boy, according to TV presenter Floella Benjamin, who has revealed that she received a poignant letter about his experiences.

Greek-born Philip (right) wrote Floella Benjamin a poignant letter about his experiences arriving in Britain as a child

Greek-born Philip (right) wrote Floella Benjamin a poignant letter about his experiences arriving in Britain as a child

‘He wrote me a letter telling me he knew what it was like to come to a foreign country as a child,’ Baroness Benjamin says. ‘After he came here from Greece, he went to Cheam School [aged nine], where he felt like an outsider.’

Lady Benjamin, 72, has told how her childhood was blighted by racial abuse after she moved with her family to Kent from Trinidad in the early 1960s. She confided in the Queen and Prince Philip at a royal event she attended.

‘[The Queen] talked about her family, cooking and the Commonwealth and gave the impression that she wanted to hear about my life,’ she tells Saga magazine.

‘I could tell that she had great empathy. Prince Philip, too.’

Shoeless Jodie kicks back in the sunshine

Comer as Villanelle on hit series Killing Eve

Comer as Villanelle on hit series Killing Eve

 Jodie Comer is footloose and fancy-free now she’s completed her acclaimed run in the one-woman play Prima Facie.

The Killing Eve star, 29, who shot to fame as seductive assassin Villanelle in the hit BBC drama, was seen slipping off her sandals and relaxing barefoot under a tree on London’s Hampstead Heath. She took her final bow in the West End on Sunday, but has not said a final goodbye to her part as lawyer Tessa, as the play heads to New York next year.

‘It has been an absolute privilege to tell Tessa’s story here in London and to now have the opportunity to take Prima Facie to Broadway is a dream come true’, the star says.

Ms Comer was pictured relaxing under a tree with her sandals kicked off on Hampstead Heath

Ms Comer was pictured relaxing under a tree with her sandals kicked off on Hampstead Heath

The night Swan Lake star danced herself off her feet

The Oscar-winning film Black Swan shows a ballerina’s descent into madness after taking on the role of the Swan Queen in Swan Lake.

Now, the Royal Ballet’s Francesca Hayward has pulled back the curtain on her own experience of playing the part.

She’s revealed how she was so exhausted one night that she had to be carried back to her dressing room at the interval. ‘I was so tired I could barely walk,’ says Hayward, 29, who shared this picture, right.

Despite her weariness, she battled on to appear in the tragic finale.

Di designer lashes out at fashionistas

Bruce Oldfield was a favourite of Princess Diana and created the sumptuous gown worn by the Duchess of Cornwall in her new Vogue shoot — but don’t dare call him a fashion designer.

‘Fashion people scare me rigid,’ declares the couturier. ‘I just don’t want to be anywhere near them. Those people who spend all their time in fashion houses.’

Oldfield, 71, is even more scathing about the New York gala. ‘If you look at the Met ball, it’s an embarrassment,’ he says. ‘The women in the past who went, they were so stylish and well dressed.

‘But this new lot seem like, wannabe drag queens.’

Prince William hasn’t disclosed how he plans to celebrate turning 40 today, but perhaps he could follow the example of Fifty Shades Of Grey star Jamie Dornan. He held a cowboy-themed 40th bash, complete with buffalo rodeo. ‘People who feel funny about turning 40, I tell them, “Don’t. It’s the best”,’ Dornan’s musician wife, Amelia Warner, tells me. She turned 40 this month. ‘We had a big party together and it was the best experience. There’s something about this birthday that felt so joyful and celebratory.’ 

Until testing positive for Covid last week, Sir Mick Jagger seemed to have been out and about as much as ever despite the pandemic, but his ex-wife Bianca has revealed she refused to leave home since Covid hit in 2020. ‘Today was the first time I step out from my isolation after more than two years,’ the human rights campaigner, 77, says.

‘I accompanied my dearest friends Eleanora Kennedy and her daughter Anna to Royal Ascot because she had a horse running, Warrior Brave. It is wonderful to be alive again.’

Sadly, the nag finished 14th, proving you can’t always get what you want.

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