MasterChef judge William Sitwell confirms he and his aristocratic wife Laura McCorquodale are divorcing after he ran off with a tasty side dish 20 years his junior — and the bon viveur has no intention of marrying his new love.
When William married society girl Laura in 1999 it was a union of two literary dynasties.
William, 47, is great-nephew of avant garde poet Dame Edith Sitwell while Laura, 44, is a kinswoman of famous romantic author Dame Barbara Cartland.
MasterChef judge William Sitwell and his aristocratic wife Laura McCorquodale (left) are divorcing after he ran off with Emily Lopes (right)
But saving his 17-year marriage is not possible, says William, after he started an affair with perky young blonde Emily Lopes, daughter of the late Devonshire race-horse breeder the 3rd Lord Roborough.
‘Sadly these things are painful but there is no going back and divorce proceedings are now very well underway,’ he told me at the launch of his latest tome The Really Quite Good British Cookbook. ‘We are sorting out the financial side.’
Emily, 27, was once tipped as an ideal partner for Prince Harry and her cousin, Harry Lopes, is married to Laura Parker Bowles, daughter of the Duchess of Cornwall.
‘I don’t like talking about these things,’ adds William, ‘but what I will say is that I have absolutely no plans to make Emily wife No. 2!’
Already under fire for leading a Lords revolt against Brexit, Lord Heseltine is also attacked for his low attendance record in the upper chamber.
The peer, 83, is named and shamed by fellow Tory, Lord Blencathra, 63, for a three per cent attendance in the whole of the last Parliament. ‘You know, maybe he came in and made a devastatingly important speech then,’ he says. ‘I don’t recall it.
‘But I don’t think we can go on with people with three, four or five per cent, or zero per cent attendance when there is no good reason not to.’
Going it alone: Melissa and Jasmine Hemsley, the sisters behind the clean eating brand Hemsley + Hemsley, are working on their own cook books
Health food gurus Melissa and Jasmine Hemsley seem to be going it alone, just months after they faced a backlash against the clean-eating fad they champion.
The glamorous sisters have written two best-selling books under their Hemsley + Hemsley label, as well as launching their own cafe in Selfridges in London.
But Melissa, 31, reveals she’s now embarking on her own book without her sister Jasmine, 37, called Eat Happy.
It will be released next year and will focus on ‘frugality, simplicity and indulgence’ rather than clean eating. ‘Hemsley + Hemsley is still going strong,’ Melissa assures me. ‘And we are pursuing our own passion projects to run alongside — Jasmine is currently working on her own book as well.’
Silly sausage: Expecting Rosie poses with her pup
Marks & Sparks lingerie model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley poses with her dachshund pup
Marks & Sparks lingerie model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is an expert when it comes to looking her best, so it’s no surprise that she’s relying on the oldest trick in the book to flatter her expanding waistline.
The Devonshire-born 29-year-old, who is expecting her first child by her fiance, actor Jason Statham, 50, shared this picture on social media in which she masks her blossoming baby bump in a loose black T-shirt and trousers — a look well known for its slimming effect — while cradling one of her dachshunds.
No word on how the dog feels about the new baby.
Red-faced Fergie kills off fake ‘Margaret York’
Sarah Ferguson was said to be using pseudonym ‘Margaret York’ to conduct her business dealings
There was fresh embarrassment for the Duchess of York when it emerged she had been conducting her business dealings in a hotel bar under the pseudonym Margaret York.
Sarah Ferguson, 57, held court at the Lanesborough Hotel, drumming up support for her myriad business ventures over bottles of champagne. Sadly, those heady days are over after her alter-ego was exposed last month.
This week, the Duchess corrected company records for La Luna Investments and Strawbugs Ltd so that Sarah, Duchess of York, not the fictional Margaret, is listed as a director.
At the same time, the Duchess cleared up confusion over her directorships of two other companies, Fergie’s Farm and tea business, Ginger & Moss.
Both listed Prince Andrew’s ex-wife as HRH Sarah Ferguson — even though she was stripped of her title in 1996, almost 20 years before both businesses were set up.
Mentioning no names…
Which acclaimed female politician is said to be spicing up her personal life by embarking on a Sapphic affair with a French lover?