EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Cameroons at war as diarist Sasha Swire is not invited to upcoming wedding… but her ex-minister husband Sir Hugo is
Sasha Swire caused explosive reactions among David Cameron’s usually restrained set last year when she released her gloriously indiscreet memoirs, Diary Of An MP’s Wife.
In the book, she disclosed the most intimate details of her relationships with friends of her Old Etonian husband, the former minister Sir Hugo Swire.
Now, hostilities have been reignited by the forthcoming wedding of a key member of their set: Lord (Greg) Barker, the ex-energy minister.
He’s due to join the exclusive and bohemian group of men who have been married to members of both sexes. Having divorced his wife, brewery heiress Celeste Harrison, in 2006, Lord Barker, 55, is now engaged to public relations executive George Prassas, 37.
The couple invited Sir Hugo to their wedding — but not his wife Sasha.
Sasha Swire caused explosive reactions among David Cameron’s usually restrained set last year when she released her gloriously indiscreet memoirs, Diary Of An MP’s Wife
David Cameron and his wife Samantha stop for a drink by a beach during their holiday on the Spanish Island of Lanzarote on April 13, 2014
‘Hugo was furious,’ a mutual pal tells me. ‘He said to them: “I’m not going to go without Sasha”, but they refused to change their minds. It’s caused huge ructions. Some friends are on the side of Greg and George; others think they should forgive Sasha.’
Barker is said to have been left deeply shocked by Sasha’s book and saddened that she wrote about private times they spent together as friends. Not only did she mock the camp and extravagant Barker for his attempts to get in with the huntin’, fishin’ and shootin’ set, writing that he was ‘swathed in the very latest and finest tweeds’ for a shoot in Norfolk but ‘was seen waving his gun at everything that moved and firing furiously at the slightest movement, but all to no avail’.
Sasha, 58, also skewered him for his close connection to controversial Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. She points out how Barker defended Deripaska from U.S. sanctions after being hired by the Russian’s firm, EN+, noting: ‘As a British peer, he added respectability to the conglomerate.’
The Swires remained tight-lipped when I ask about the snub. Barker refuses to comment on the details of his guest list, but tells me: ‘The wedding has been postponed due to the pandemic.’
Perhaps Cameron should give them a ring and tell them all to stop squabbling?
What? TV cook Nigella is losing her appetite?
Nigella Lawson is struggling with what she describes as the ‘hardship’ of her own shrinking appetite for food
Her dining table has creaked under the weight of one bountiful dish or other on numerous at-home style cooking shows over the years.
Yet, in reality, Nigella Lawson is struggling with what she describes as the ‘hardship’ of her own shrinking appetite for food.
At the age of 61, Nigella told an audience of fans gathered for her one-woman stage show to promote her new book in Bath that she simply cannot put away half as much as she used to.
When asked by an audience member what her ‘Death Row meal’ would be, she looked a little crestfallen as she replied: ‘I have to be a bit fanciful or hopeful with this one because I actually can’t eat as much at night as I used to. It’s a hardship, but there it is.’
She further qualified what she clearly felt was a challenging new annoyance, saying: ‘I am going to pretend I could have one meal that is as much as I could eat half a lifetime ago.’
Helena can afford to wear a tiara in the tub!
Helena Bonham Carter, who played Princess Margaret in The Crown, has clearly received suitably regal remuneration
Helena Bonham Carter, who played Princess Margaret in The Crown, has clearly received suitably regal remuneration.
I can disclose the wealth of the actress, 55, rocketed by £1million during the pandemic, thanks to a series of investments.
Newly released accounts for the business she uses to channel her income, Orlando Ltd, increased from £9.3million to £10.3m in the 12 months to the end of March.
Bonham Carter, who is going out with art historian Rye Dag Holmboe, is the owner of the business, but her fund manager brother, Edward, is a director.
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