High tea with Madonna
The Princess of Wales has a new best friend and emotional adviser, I am reliably informed. Displacing the psychotherapist Susie Orbach as royal counsellor is none other than the rock superstar Madonna. Cynics who are republicans and listen only to classical music might call this an alliance of the self-professed queen of hearts and the self-professed queen of tarts. But the friendship may have had real implications for the British monarchy.
Madonna visited Kensington Palace while on a trip to London last November. Princess Diana had sought her out and invited her to afternoon tea, a hitherto unknown refreshment for the singer, who was intrigued by its novelty value. Apparently, the two got on like a house on fire.
Given that the Princess's Panorama interview was broadcast only eight days after Madonna's return to the States, one imagines that certain personal topics must have come up, in between microscopic nibbles of wholemeal shortbread. Perhaps Madonna gave the princess a timely rendition of her vengeful ballad "You'll see". Perhaps she asked her to make a guest appearance on her next "Blonde Ambition" tour.
If you think you know what they discussed, please let Eagle Eye know. A bottle of bubbly to the reader with the most (unperverted) imagination.
The new edition of Who's Who, published tomorrow, will, as always, have one glaring omission. It will lack the name of Charles Black, chairman and managing director of A&C Black plc, the distinguished publishing company that publishes and, indeed, gave birth to the venerable tome.
His credentials would seem to be impeccable for the establishment bible. He runs a major publishing firm, became a director in 1964 at the age of 26, and is the firm's biggest shareholder, with about 15 per cent of the shares. He is married to Melissa Fiona Louisa Lowson, who is the daughter of the late Sir Denys Lowson, a former Lord Mayor of London. As well as captaining the Royal St Geoociety and Jesters' Club.
So, why the undue modesty in refusing to be listed in his own organ? A spokeswoman for Who's Who said: "We never have in Who's Who anyone who is an employee of the company. …