And Kate had no need to introduce herself as ‘Mrs Cambridge’ as she wandered the aisles with a basket on her arm.
Nothing infuriated Kirkwood more in later years than the recurring media headline, “The Prince and the Showgirl”. Kirkwood had started out at 14 as a solo singer in variety halls, and found the term demeaning.
Walker’s musical surveys a rollercoaster life that includes four husbands, two bitter divorces, some high-profile lovers – such as Danny Kaye, Max Wall and President Kennedy’s brother-in-law, Peter Lawford – and a nervous breakdown in New York, when she tried to kill herself, was detained in a mental hospital for eight months, and had a vision of Jesus reaching out to her.
Unlike many of his other chums, Goga, 32, who has a love child by the billionaire President of Kazakhstan’s son-in-law Timur Kulibayev, has been discreet enough not to leave the Prince, 52, an affectionate public message on his sponsorship page.
Others to sponsor Andrew include entrepreneur Sir David Tang, to the tune of £1,000, Sir Paul Smith, the designer, with £250, John Warren, the Queen’s racing manager has promised £100 and Princess Eugenie, 22, who is donating £500.
He has postponed the trip, undertaken every year by the sitting Prime Minister, because of the Paralympics and the much-anticipated Cabinet reshuffle. It meant he missed all the caber-tossing action at the Braemar Gathering, where in previous years Cherie Blair was famously caught on camera yawning.
Sarah Bradford had just published Elizabeth, her biography of the Queen, in which she resurrected allegations that had haunted Kirkwood for almost half a century: namely, that after an encounter with the Duke of Edinburgh in October 1948, when they dined together in public and danced until dawn at a London nightclub while the then Princess Elizabeth was eight months pregnant with Prince Charles, Kirkwood had become the Duke’s mistress. “You can see what 'Himself’ has to say about all this,” she said. She never forgave Bradford – in private life Viscountess Bangor, to whom she referred forever after as “Lady Banger” – and the publishers, Heinemann, were obliged by the star’s wealthy solicitor husband, Peter Knight, to make significant amendments.
At the time, Peter said: ‘I didn’t believe her and she ended with the words, “When I go, I’ll send you a bolt of lightning.” ’ PS...‘Ralph Lauren even played the theme tune at its autumn/winter collection catwalk shows.His uncle Robert Fox, younger brother of Freddie’s screen star father Edward Fox, is producing the play.I’ve never played a character who is such a screwed-up piece of damaged goods.I really think I can put my crampons in and have a proper go.’Peter, who worked with my late colleague Nigel Dempster, was finishing his latest work, on Ava Gardner, when he had a heart attack.After her visit to a beach shop to buy a wetsuit where the owner failed to recognise her, the Duchess of Cambridge was on safer territory at her local Waitrose in Kensington yesterday.