EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Mick Jagger’s lady Melanie Hamrick balances book on her buttocks

EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Tome is on my (back) side! Mick Jagger’s lady Melanie Hamrick balances book on her buttocks during yoga routine

Sir Mick Jagger took up aerial yoga as part of his exercise regime to maintain his 28in waist. 

And the 79-year-old Rolling Stones singer’s girlfriend, Melanie Hamrick, 35, follows an exercise regime that’s almost as challenging. 

The former dancer — who has a five-year-old son, Deveraux, with Jagger — is maintaining her ‘ballet alignment’ following a back injury by balancing a book on her backside. 

Mick Jagger's girlfriend Melanie Hamrick, 35, a former dancer, is maintaining her ¿ballet alignment¿ following a back injury by balancing a book on her backside

Mick Jagger’s girlfriend Melanie Hamrick, 35, a former dancer, is maintaining her ‘ballet alignment’ following a back injury by balancing a book on her backside

The 79-year-old Rolling Stone and girlfriend Melanie Hamrick share a five-year-old son, Devereaux

The 79-year-old Rolling Stone and girlfriend Melanie Hamrick share a five-year-old son, Devereaux

Lifting her leg and looking at the camera, she managed to keep her book level and back aligned.

 Could have been verse…

Jilly mourns ‘huge fun’ Earl, muse for her romping rogue

Ever since Jilly Cooper created the caddish character Rupert Campbell-Black in her 1985 bestseller, Riders, fans of her ‘bonkbusters’ speculated feverishly about the identity of the real-life figure who had inspired her. 

Then, in 2016, the novelist admitted there were, in fact, three men who led her to create the lothario who charmed stable girls and upper- class wives at will before winning an Olympic equestrian medal. 

Now, however, Cooper is in mourning after the Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire, who was one of her three inspirations, died last week aged 87. 

Author Jilly Cooper (left) is mourning her friend Michael Howard (right), Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire, who has died aged 87

Author Jilly Cooper (left) is mourning her friend Michael Howard (right), Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire, who has died aged 87

‘He was a lovely man — huge fun,’ the author, 85, tells me of the thrice-married Earl, Michael Howard. ‘I first met him when I moved to Gloucester in 1982. Whenever he used to phone, he’d say, “It’s Rupert here”. So I said, “You know there are two more?” And he would say, “Yes, but I’m the real one”.’ 

The Earl owned Charlton Park estate in Wiltshire, where the Womad music festival is held. 

Cooper adds: ‘Despite his title and status, he never made you feel inferior. All the best of Rupert, but without the awful parts.’ 

First married to Simone Litman in 1960, with whom he has a daughter, he then wed Anita Fugelsang in 1973 and had two children with her. A decade later, he married for the third time, to Linda Paravicini, with whom he also has two children. 

The Countess of Suffolk tells me: ‘We would have been married 40 years next year. I’m very lucky to have been able to spend so much time with him. He had enormous charm.’ 

She adds: ‘He suffered a stroke in April, so it was probably a relief for him in the end.’ 

Cooper’s other two inspirations for Campbell-Black were Andrew Parker Bowles, 82, the Duchess of Cornwall’s first husband, and fashion designer Rupert Lycett-Green, 83.

Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, who spent much time with Prince Philip during his final days, made a touching choice for their first foreign holiday since his death last year. I hear the Earl and Countess of Wessex spent a fortnight with their children in Corfu, where the Duke of Edinburgh was born. Nikos Sarakinos, owner of Taverna Galini in Agios Stefanos, says the family dined at his restaurant almost every day of their stay

Eugenie’s birthday wishes for ‘special big sissy’ Bea

Princess Eugenie (right), 32, wished big sister Princess Beatrice  (centre) a happy 34th birthday. They were joined by cousin Zara Tindall (left), 41

Princess Eugenie (right), 32, wished big sister Princess Beatrice  (centre) a happy 34th birthday. They were joined by cousin Zara Tindall (left), 41

Princess Beatrice’s 34th birthday was celebrated by her sister, Princess Eugenie, with this jolly selfie.

‘Happy birthday to my special big sissy,’ gushed the Queen’s 32-yearold granddaughter. ‘Love you so much.’ They are joined in the picture by their cousin, Zara Tindall, 41. 

Bea’s husband, property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 38, sent her a message online in which he declared: ‘You are the best mother in the world.’ 

Let’s hope the mother of his son, ‘Wolfie’, is not too offended. She’s his form

His biggest hit with The Communards was Don’t Leave Me This Way, and the Rev Richard Coles could have been forgiven for warbling the song again after being trapped in a Waitrose lift. A 999 crew answered his prayers and set the broadcaster, 60, free. ‘Two of my fellow passengers were in their 90s,’ he says. East Sussex Fire Service says: ‘Firefighters from Eastbourne attended and released a small group of people.’ A Waitrose spokesman says: ‘We hope he enjoys a drink on us.

Donald Campbell’s final moments are among the most poignant ever captured on celluloid. But 55 years after his fatal run at over 300mph in Bluebird on Coniston Water, a less heroic chapter has begun. 

In the latest twist of a long-running dispute, Ruskin Museum, which hopes to display Bluebird at Coniston, has sent a ‘letter of claim’ to Bill Smith, who salvaged Bluebird in 2000 and has been rebuilding the craft. Campbell’s nephew, Don Wales, backs the museum, telling me that he and the family ‘want to protect the Campbell heritage’. 

So does Smith. ‘We’re all volunteers; no one’s had wages,’ he tells me. He adds that in 2019 outline agreement was reached: he and his team would operate Bluebird 90 days a year, with the museum displaying her for the rest of the time.

Emma and steamy screen lover Daryl stay cool by the pool

Dame Emma Thompson enjoys a day off in Sydney with her 'Good Luck to You, Leo Grande' co-star Daryl McCormack

Dame Emma Thompson enjoys a day off in Sydney with her ‘Good Luck to You, Leo Grande’ co-star Daryl McCormack

Dame Emma Thompson and her co-star, Daryl McCormack, showed they enjoy warm relations off screen as well as they promote their very racy new film. 

The Oscar winner, 63, was spotted relaxing by the hotel pool with the 29-year-old actor at their hotel in Sydney, Australia, while on publicity duties for Good Luck To You, Leo Grande. 

Dame Emma plays a repressed widow who hires a male escort, played by Peaky Blinders star McCormack

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