To Newbury racecourse this weekend, for the 60th Anniversary of the Hennessy Gold Cup. Eddie Redmayne and his wife Hannah Bagshawe appeared to be enjoying an afternoon away from nappy changing duties – they welcomed their first child, Iris, in June – as they talked horses with the Duchess of Cornwall in the royal box.
Meanwhile, though Camilla Parker-Bowles is no doubt pleased to see her stepson Harry finally settled down with Californian actress Meghan Markle, the Duchess seemed unfazed to pass another of Harry’s recent love interests: Sarah Ann Macklin, the 27-year-old model and former girlfriend of David Gandy. Harry is said to have taken Macklin on a few dates around the same time he was getting to know Markle.
Fortunately, Kensington Palace seems to be the furthest thing from Macklin’s mind as she’s busy pursuing the ‘hipster’ lifestyle, residing in Brixton, south London, and studying nutrition. ‘I’m loving Brixton Village and can’t imagine being anywhere else,’ she admitted between sips of a winter-spiced beverage. ‘It’s young and cool with so many markets and independent places to eat at; the area is nothing like what it once was.’
Also in attendance was Patrick Grant, the Savile Row designer and judge on BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee. Keen to hint at the show’s uncertain future, he said: ‘If Love Productions choose to move us to Channel 4 like they did with The Great British Bake Off, I’d probably do a Paul Hollywood and go too. I understand why Mary [Berry] didn’t go – it’s a lot of early starts for her age and, I know for a fact, low pay.’
A far greater concern to Grant than a potential migration, however, is the status of this year’s Love Production’s Christmas party. ‘Usually we celebrate with the Bake Off lot – lots of idle chitchat with Mary – but it’s already late November and strangely no one has told us anything about it. Maybe they’ve rinsed their hands of us now that they’ve made so much money from Bake Off. Really, they should be buying me a gold car for Christmas from the amount of money they’ve made!’
Dressed for the races in a spectacular tweed coat, Grant suggested Paul Hollywood’s on-screen fashion sense to be something of a lost cause. ‘He’s a nice enough man, when he’s not in the US’ – a jab at the affair Hollywood embarked on three years ago with American chef Marcela Valladolid – ‘But low jeans and shirts? He’s the last person I’d like to dress up.’
Let’s hope Grant keeps such remarks to himself if the work booze-up does in fact take place this Christmas…