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Meet the adorable pup who’s become an Instagram sensation thanks to her very unique appearance and ‘human-like expressions’.

Small seal and white Italian greyhound Penelope lives with her owner Kayla Harvey in Gardner, Kansas, who adopted the sweet pooch three years ago, in July 2017.

The fluffy companion, who Kayla describes as ‘sneaky, mischievous and stubborn’ was adopted when she was just eight weeks old and is now three.

Say cheese! Penelope the Italian greyhound has become a social media star thanks to her toothy grins and 'human-like' facial expressions

Say cheese! Penelope the Italian greyhound has become a social media star thanks to her toothy grins and ‘human-like’ facial expressions 

Happy as can be! Penelope's owner, Kayla Harvey, from Kansas, regularly dresses up the pup in an array of colorful accessories to add even more fun to her photos

Happy as can be! Penelope's owner, Kayla Harvey, from Kansas, regularly dresses up the pup in an array of colorful accessories to add even more fun to her photos

Happy as can be! Penelope’s owner, Kayla Harvey, from Kansas, regularly dresses up the pup in an array of colorful accessories to add even more fun to her photos

Sassy! Kayla says that Penelope is 'stubborn', 'sneaky' and 'mischievous'

Sassy! Kayla says that Penelope is ‘stubborn’, ‘sneaky’ and ‘mischievous’ 

Connection: Penelope was adopted by Kayla in July 2017 when the pooch was just eight weeks old, and she is now three

Connection: Penelope was adopted by Kayla in July 2017 when the pooch was just eight weeks old, and she is now three 

And thanks to her unique ‘Goose-like’ look and hilarious facial expressions, she’s amassed a whopping 86,900 followers on Instagram, @penelope_goose, where she regularly poses in an array of vibrant outfits.

Fan club: Kayla began posting images of Penelope on her Facebook page, where they quickly went viral - so she set up a separate Instagram account for the pup

Fan club: Kayla began posting images of Penelope on her Facebook page, where they quickly went viral – so she set up a separate Instagram account for the pup 

Speaking to Jam Press about her pups success, Kayla explained, ‘After I got Penelope, I was so completely in love with her that I started to post pictures of her on my Facebook constantly. 

‘Penelope became the focus of my Facebook and I decided it would be fun to have a place of [her] own to post pictures. That’s when I started her own Instagram!

‘I think people like Penelope’s page because she is so quirky and expressive. Penelope’s facial expressions are almost human. 

‘She cracks me up with her antics daily. I’m glad others can share that with me.’

Kayla said Penelope is unlike any dog she has ever met. 

‘In a lot of ways I see her as an animal breed of her own! Penelope is funny in a way that is almost human. She loves games and jokes and tricks and seems to really enjoy getting people to laugh.’

Strike a pose: 'After I got Penelope, I was so completely in love with her that I started to post pictures of her on my Facebook constantly,' Kayle shared

Strike a pose: 'After I got Penelope, I was so completely in love with her that I started to post pictures of her on my Facebook constantly,' Kayle shared

Strike a pose: ‘After I got Penelope, I was so completely in love with her that I started to post pictures of her on my Facebook constantly,’ Kayle shared

Like looking in a mirror! Penelope's expressions delight her many followers, with lots of people pointing out how 'human' they look

Like looking in a mirror! Penelope’s expressions delight her many followers, with lots of people pointing out how ‘human’ they look 

Cheeky: 'Penelope is funny in a way that is almost human,' Kayla said

Cheeky: ‘Penelope is funny in a way that is almost human,’ Kayla said 

Court jester: Penelope loves to make people laugh and smile, Kayla shared

Court jester: Penelope loves to make people laugh and smile, Kayla shared

Court jester: Penelope loves to make people laugh and smile, Kayla shared

‘Although she likes to do things her own way, even when she’s not supposed to, she is also incredibly loving, sweet and endearing and makes the people she loves feel very cherished.’

‘Penelope has brought me so much joy and love. She keeps me company when I’m too ill to go anywhere and makes me laugh on days when I didn’t think I could even smile. There’s not a day that goes by that I am not extremely grateful to have my Penelope in my family.’

Kayla said she adopted Penelope when her youngest child was about to start Kindergarten and she knew she would be at home alone.

‘It would be the first time I wouldn’t have a young child at home in over 12 years,’ she said. 

‘During the time I was raising children, I had become chronically ill and going back to work wasn’t an option for me. Being chronically ill can extremely isolating, and my dogs are who I spend the majority of my time with.

‘The family I got Penelope from told me of a puppy that was unlike any puppy they had ever seen. She was calm and sweet in a way it takes most puppies years to settle into. A perfect pup for someone like me who is chronically ill.’

‘Penelope is also the most loving and affectionate dog I have ever met. She loves cuddling and gives real hugs!’ Kayla added.

Matchy matchy: Kayla will even dress up to match Penelope in some of her most popular posts

Matchy matchy: Kayla will even dress up to match Penelope in some of her most popular posts

Perfect fit: Kayla has a chronic illness, and says that she adopted Penelope in part because of her docile, calm nature

Perfect fit: Kayla has a chronic illness, and says that she adopted Penelope in part because of her docile, calm nature

Perfect fit: Kayla has a chronic illness, and says that she adopted Penelope in part because of her docile, calm nature

Together: 'She was calm and sweet in a way it takes most puppies years to settle into. A perfect pup for someone like me who is chronically ill,' she explained

Together: ‘She was calm and sweet in a way it takes most puppies years to settle into. A perfect pup for someone like me who is chronically ill,’ she explained 

Heartwarming: 'Penelope has brought me so much joy and love. She keeps me company when I'm too ill to go anywhere,' she said

Heartwarming: 'Penelope has brought me so much joy and love. She keeps me company when I'm too ill to go anywhere,' she said

Heartwarming: ‘Penelope has brought me so much joy and love. She keeps me company when I’m too ill to go anywhere,’ she said

Company: Kayla says that her illness made her feel incredibly isolated, but having Penelope around makes her feel as though she always has someone to turn to

Company: Kayla says that her illness made her feel incredibly isolated, but having Penelope around makes her feel as though she always has someone to turn to 

Cuddly: 'Penelope is also the most loving and affectionate dog I have ever met. She loves cuddling and gives real hugs!' Kayla added

Cuddly: ‘Penelope is also the most loving and affectionate dog I have ever met. She loves cuddling and gives real hugs!’ Kayla added

Yee haw! The sweet pooch keeps her Instagram fans entertained with a host of quirky outfits as well as her adorable expressions

Yee haw! The sweet pooch keeps her Instagram fans entertained with a host of quirky outfits as well as her adorable expressions

Yee haw! The sweet pooch keeps her Instagram fans entertained with a host of quirky outfits as well as her adorable expressions

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The horrifying cost of Boris Johnson’s six-month Covid clampdown was dramatically laid bare last night.

Business chiefs and hospitality groups issued a string of dire warnings over the impact of the restrictions, saying millions of jobs were now on the line.

They said the Prime Minister’s U-turn on his ‘get back to work’ message could spell doom for struggling high streets, with footfall plummeting and shops boarded up.

In a passionate intervention, a prominent entrepreneur said the prosperity of the nation was at stake. 

In a passionate intervention to Boris Johnson¿s six-month Covid clampdown, Julian Metcalfe, who founded Pret A Manger and Itsu, says the prosperity of the nation is now at stake

In a passionate intervention to Boris Johnson’s six-month Covid clampdown, Julian Metcalfe, who founded Pret A Manger and Itsu, says the prosperity of the nation is now at stake

Julian Metcalfe, who founded Pret A Manger and Itsu, said: ‘The repercussions of this six months are going to be devastating to so many, to local councils, to industry, to people all over our country.

‘We have not begun to touch the seriousness of this. This talk of six months is criminal.’

Despite ballooning national debt, Rishi Sunak is preparing a multi-billion-pound ‘winter economy plan’ to try to protect jobs.

The Chancellor signalled the true extent of the crisis by cancelling plans for a full-scale Budget in November. Sources said he accepted the country could no longer make long-term financial decisions.

Despite ballooning national debt, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is preparing a multi-billion-pound ¿winter economy plan¿ to try to protect jobs

Despite ballooning national debt, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is preparing a multi-billion-pound ‘winter economy plan’ to try to protect jobs

As the Archbishops of Canterbury and York warned of the economic costs of Covid:

  • Hospitality groups said a quarter of pubs and restaurants could go bust this year;
  • HMRC and Goldman Sachs were among employers abandoning their drives to get people back to the office;
  • Pictures showed high streets boarded up as shops reacted to the clampdown;
  • The travel industry faced fresh despair when Downing Street warned of the risk of booking half-term holidays;
  • Upper Crust and Caffe Ritazza are keeping two thirds of outlets shut;
  • A major study warned countless patients were living with worsening heart disease, diabetes and mental health because of the lockdown;
  • MPs demanded extra help for theatre and music venues;
  • No 10 said a ban on household visits could be extended across large swathes of England;
  • A mobile tracing app is finally being rolled out today – four months late;
  • Matt Hancock’s target for half a million virus tests a day by the end of next month was under threat from equipment shortages;
  • Scientific advisers suggested that students could be told to remain on campus over Christmas.

In a dramatic television address to the nation on Tuesday, Mr Johnson announced he was abruptly dropping his call – made repeatedly since the end of lockdown – for workers to return to the office. He also told pubs and restaurants to shut their doors at 10pm, and doubled fines for not wearing a mask or failing to obey the rule of six.

He indicated the measures were likely to last for six months at least.

Mr Metcalfe led the backlash against the curbs on BBC Radio 4’s World at One, saying he did not know whether Itsu could survive the measures.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak (left) and Prime Minister Boris Johnson leave 10 Downing Street, for a Cabinet meeting to be held at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, ahead of MPs returning to Westminster after the summer recess on September 1

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak (left) and Prime Minister Boris Johnson leave 10 Downing Street, for a Cabinet meeting to be held at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, ahead of MPs returning to Westminster after the summer recess on September 1

He added: ‘People who work in hotels, restaurants, takeaways and in coffee shops are devastated. A great many are closing down – we’re losing thousands upon thousands of jobs. 

‘How long can this continue, this vague “work from home”, “don’t go on public transport”? The ramifications of this are just enormous.’

Mr Metcalfe accused the Prime Minister of ‘sitting down with his Union Jack talking utter nonsense’.

He said: ‘To turn to an entire nation and say “stay at home for six months”, and to spout off Churchillian nonsense about we’ll make it through – it’s terribly unhelpful. It should be “we will review the situation each week, each hour”.’

Tory MP Desmond Swayne said the Government had made the wrong call, adding: ‘I am concerned the cure could be worse than the disease.’

Tom Stainer, chief executive of the Campaign for Real Ale, warned the clampdown could see the closure of many pubs. 

‘Pub-goers and publicans alike want to stop the spread of Covid, but this curfew is an arbitrary restriction that unfairly targets the hospitality sector and will have a devastating impact on pubs, jobs and communities,’ he added.

Rob Pitcher of Revolution Bars said: ‘It’s beyond belief that they have brought in the 10pm curfew with no evidence to back it up.’

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Fashion mogul Sir Paul Smith warned the pandemic was proving devastating to his and other industries.

A former head of the civil service will today say Mr Johnson’s government has proved incapable of combating Covid.

Lord O’Donnell, a crossbench peer, will say in a lecture that ministers did not use adequate data and deferred too much to medical science at the expense of behavioural and economic experts. 

He will also allege there has been a lack of strong leadership and clear strategy. 

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The childhood diary of her friend revealed the Queen we’ve never known, writes RICHARD KAY

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For eight decades she has been as intriguing as she has reassuring, from the schoolgirl Princess broadcasting out of Windsor in wartime Britain to steadfast monarch.

But what do we really know of the Queen and what makes her tick?

There is the public side, the unerring sense of duty and obligation, of course; and then there are the glimpses of the private Elizabeth, the countrywoman devoted to her horses and her dogs. Yet all we truly understand is what she chooses to let us see.

Then, occasionally, something unexpected about her emerges. Such a moment was reached with the serialisation in the Daily Mail this week of The Windsor Diaries, a compelling and revealing insight into the teenage life of the then Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret.

The diaries — written by the sisters’ closest childhood friend Alathea Fitzalan Howard — provide a fascinating profile of the young woman destined to wear the crown, and the values which she formed and still follows.

For eight decades the Queen has been as intriguing as she has reassuring, from the schoolgirl Princess broadcasting out of Windsor in wartime Britain to steadfast monarch

For eight decades the Queen has been as intriguing as she has reassuring, from the schoolgirl Princess broadcasting out of Windsor in wartime Britain to steadfast monarch

These are not just standards of behaviour, but principles of integrity and decency which have governed her life. And underpinning it all, is the importance of family.

How perceptive a witness then was the young Alathea, a kinswoman of the Duke of Norfolk, who was three years older than the girl she knew as Lilibet.

After one ‘blissful’ summer’s day in 1942 spent with the two Princesses and their parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother), she writes enviously of ‘four people who mean everything to each other, whose lives form one spiritual whole, independently of the aid of all outsiders, or even relations’.

In another entry, she notes almost forlornly of the royal sisters, ‘they are happier alone with their parents than with anyone else on earth’.

This was the template for Elizabeth’s life as both a Sovereign and a mother.

The Windsor Diaries is a compelling and revealing insight into the teenage life of the then Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret written by the sisters’ closest childhood friend Alathea Fitzalan Howard

The Windsor Diaries is a compelling and revealing insight into the teenage life of the then Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret written by the sisters’ closest childhood friend Alathea Fitzalan Howard

For someone whose own life experiences were, in many ways, as narrow as the Princesses, Alathea’s judgments about the future Queen’s character are remarkable.

She is, she declares of the young Elizabeth, the ‘most ungossipy person I know’, adding: ‘Placid and unemotional, she never desires what doesn’t come her way; always happy in her own family, she never needs the companionship of outsiders; she never suffers, therefore she never strongly desires. If only she could be drawn out of her shell, she who has so much at her feet, who can be so gay and amusing.’

Later she writes that Lilibet ‘doesn’t seem to need friends and is careless with the ones she has, though quite unconsciously’.

This is Alathea almost uncannily describing the scrupulousness Elizabeth has employed as monarch. Surely this has been as much about self-protection, while also respecting that tradition of not allowing too much daylight on royal magic — something that subsequent generations senselessly ignored.

Yet, despairing of the terms of their friendship, Alathea complains to her diary: ‘I love her and miss her when I don’t see her — but she doesn’t miss me. Why should she? She has PM (Princess Margaret) — she doesn’t need me.’

At times Elizabeth had her sister’s very happiness in her hands, from the fallout over Margaret’s love for the divorced Group Captain Peter Townsend, to her divorce from the serially unfaithful Earl of Snowdon. But the affection and loyalty between the two never faltered.

More than once Alathea wonders about the competing qualities of the two sisters: ‘Margaret is far and away more the type I would like for the future Queen, she has the frivolity and irresponsibility that Lilibet lacks, though one couldn’t call either of them dull.’

She is at her most observant with those astute asides about Elizabeth’s reserve, shyness almost, which is still so recognisable today. Here, she is describing a function at Windsor Castle, where 14-year old Elizabeth had to receive a company of RAF officers, shaking hands with them all.

‘Lilibet finds making conversation very difficult, like me, but she did very well as she had to stand by herself for over an hour talking to each one in turn. She insisted on bringing the dogs in because she said they were the greatest save to the conversation when it dropped.’

That childhood reticence never departed. As royal portrait painter Michael Noakes told me at the time of the Queen’s 90th birthday: ‘Sometimes she has to gather herself together before she can face going into a room where she knows everyone will be looking at her. When Prince Philip has seen that happening, he has taken over and made sure everything is OK. He likes to say he can make people laugh within 15 seconds.’

For someone who has had to spend so much time on public display, she did, for many years, develop a way of hiding her true feelings and suppressing her emotions. In simple terms, this was often a way of avoiding an issue.

This is exactly what she did with the domestic crises of the 1990s involving Diana and Fergie — to Philip’s frustration, who was often urging her to come off the fence and do something.

There is the public side, the unerring sense of duty and obligation, of course; and then there are the glimpses of the private Elizabeth (pictured with her father King George VI, mother Queen Elizabeth, and sister Princess Margaret), the countrywoman devoted to her horses and her dogs

There is the public side, the unerring sense of duty and obligation, of course; and then there are the glimpses of the private Elizabeth (pictured with her father King George VI, mother Queen Elizabeth, and sister Princess Margaret), the countrywoman devoted to her horses and her dogs

Now, for the first time, we know that this trait was visible all those years ago. After a night at Windsor Castle, Alathea writes: ‘Lilibet is funny in some ways — v. matter of fact and uncurious and above all untemperamental. But one can’t have everything.’ Later she observes: ‘Lilibet is unusually set in her ideas for 15; none of her friends could ever influence her. For one thing she never lets herself come to know them enough.

‘If she were not so placid and unimpressionable, no doubt I would have at least interested her with my thoughts, so vastly different from her own.’

The diaries also reveal other qualities that have shaped the Queen’s life, notably thrift: ‘They [the Princesses] make a point now of having hardly any [new] clothes, which I think is ridiculous.’

Crawfie, the royal nanny Marion Crawford, regrets that Elizabeth has ‘no taste’, Alathea writes. Another friend says it is a shame that the Princess is not encouraged ‘to read more cultured books’, complaining that Royal Family conversation revolves ‘round the dogs and the latest radio joke’.

   

More from Richard Kay for the Daily Mail…

On the childhood crush the young Elizabeth had for Philip, one delightful entry describes her dancing round the room with a photo the young naval officer sent her for Christmas 1944.

But what emerges is that Lilibet was not the one-man woman she is so often painted as. At least two other men caught her eye: Guards officer Hugh Euston — later the Duke of Grafton — and (at least according to Alathea’s mother) the Marquess of Milford Haven, who was to be Philip’s best man.

After a castle dance with young commissioned officers, including Euston, the two friends vied for the attention of the handsome soldier. ‘PE [Princess Elizabeth] asked me how many times I danced with him and said she was rather hurt because he only had

the first one with her because he was asked to and then not again,’ Alathea wrote. The following day Lilibet discloses that she’d ‘stolen’ a letter of thanks the officer had written ‘and was going to keep it!’.

Only once did these two credulous young women talk frankly about affairs of the heart. In an entry from June 1942, Alathea writes: ‘She wondered if she’d ever marry, and I assured her she would, and she said if she really wanted to marry someone she’d run away, but I know she wouldn’t really — her sense of duty is too strong, though she’s suited to a simpler life.’

Alathea regrets that Elizabeth does not have her sister’s charm, ‘chattering and telling the latest jokes’, but writes of the thoughtful Princess: ‘I fell to wondering what fate awaited this girl, who was in character and tastes so much simpler than I. Will she stand out in history as another great Elizabeth, or will she merely be a commonplace puppet in a rapidly degenerating monarchy? She seems to have no desire to win fame for herself.’

How observant — and how lucky we got the right sister as Queen.

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Never one to mince her words as a judge on The Great British Bake Off, now Prue Leith has some advice for Britain’s young women: get a bun in the oven as soon as possible.

‘What I would be saying is: “Yes, independence is important, but don’t leave it too late,” ’ she advises the younger generation.

Prue, 80, had a son, Danny Kruger (now a Tory MP), with her first husband, the late author Rayne Kruger. They also adopted a daughter from Cambodia, Li-Da Kruger.

The cook has been moved to make her comments because Li-Da was unable to have children herself.

Prue Leith (pictured), 80, had a son, Danny Kruger (now a Tory MP), with her first husband, the late author Rayne Kruger. They also adopted a daughter from Cambodia, Li-Da Kruger

Prue Leith (pictured), 80, had a son, Danny Kruger (now a Tory MP), with her first husband, the late author Rayne Kruger. They also adopted a daughter from Cambodia, Li-Da Kruger

‘So many young women I know have been so focused on their career and so confident that you don’t have to have your babies early,’ says Prue (pictured). 

‘Then they are heading for 25, and then what happened to Li-Da is that she got breast cancer the moment she wanted to get pregnant. 

‘It takes five years for those drugs to get out of your system. And in that five years, you can’t have babies because the body rejects them.

‘There is no such thing as having it all. You can have 90 per cent of it, but something has to give.

‘You do live with a bit of guilt if you work a lot. You definitely lose a lot of independence and you lose a lot of sleep. 

‘There is a lot wrong with it, but if you want children, it is easier to do it in your 30s than it is in your 40s. And probably easier in your 20s.’

Prue has also admitted that she initially disliked her son Daniel’s wife, Emma, a former teacher. 

‘Daniel has only had two serious long-term affairs,’ she says. ‘The first was with a woman who was perfect for him. 

‘When he met Emma I did not think she was perfect for him. I was convinced Emma was too scatter-brained. I was her enemy, really. But it is a lesson that you can be so wrong. It sounds ridiculous now, as I so adore her.’

Hit ITV crime drama Des, starring David Tennant as Dennis Nilsen, brought back unwelcome memories for writer Toby Young. 

He claims the serial killer tried to lure him back to his flat when they met at West London pub The Boltons when Toby was a teenager. 

‘One of my friends introduced me to someone he described as the “civil servant”, a slightly awkward, bespectacled man with dark hair who invited me back to his flat,’ Young recalls. 

Luckily, he didn’t go. ‘When I read later that one of his hunting grounds was The Boltons, I thought: “Oh, my God, that was the guy!” ’

Model Nat mucks in then tucks in

Just hours after marrying French billionaire’s son Antoine Arnault in Paris, Natalia Vodianova came back down to earth.

The top model joined her friend Camilla Fayed (near left with Nat) in getting her hands dirty on a Kent farm. 

They visited the farm (which supplies Farmacy, Camilla’s vegan restaurant in London’s Notting Hill) for the launch of a community app, Locals. 

Mother-of-five Natalia, who worked on a fruit stand as a child to help make ends meet, said: ‘We learned so much and had a beautiful morning that culminated in a delicious lunch.’

Natalia Vodianova joined her friend Camilla Fayed (left with Nat) in getting her hands dirty on a Kent farm

Natalia Vodianova joined her friend Camilla Fayed (left with Nat) in getting her hands dirty on a Kent farm

One-time scourge of the Establishment, Elvis Costello says he accepted his OBE only to settle a score at Buckingham Palace. 

‘Playing there in the late 1950s with Joe Loss, my dad (jazz singer Ross McManus) used to go in through the service entrance. I went in the front door.’ 

After Costello, now 66, received his gong, the band struck up the number from musical Oliver! that goes: ‘Consider yourself at home/Consider yourself one of the family.’ The rocker muses: ‘Somebody there has a sense of humour.’

A kind word let grieving Harry know he was loved 

Prince Harry suffered loneliness and isolation at school after the death of Princess Diana, one of her friends has revealed.

Publicist Gerry Agar Fennell tells me: ‘Diana and I struck up a valuable relationship through Harry and my son Tom being at the same school.

‘After Diana died, I’d see Harry kicking a football against the wall on his own, looking miserable. But we were all told we couldn’t go up to him and say, “So sorry, how are you?” which I think is the most natural thing to do. They sent a letter to the parents about it: “Don’t mention Diana.” ’

Harry was a boarder at Ludgrove, the Berkshire prep school, at the time of his mother’s death. ‘I was aghast,’ Gerry says. 

‘This boy should have been in therapy, but he was back at school just a few days after she died. He was so young, and very different to William. It was so isolating for him.

‘My aunt came to see a school play with me, and I said we’d been told to leave him alone. She said: “What nonsense!” She saw him in the hall and grabbed him — he already knew her as it was such a small school — and she said: “I am sorry for your mother, we all adored her.”

‘He smiled and was grateful for the touch.’

With 10pm closing time starting tonight, Claudia Winkleman was determined to have a good night out first.

The Strictly Come Dancing host headed to Annabel’s nightclub in Mayfair with her film producer husband Kris Thykier. ‘The atmosphere’s been crazy this week,’ a regular at the private members’ club tells me. ‘From Thursday it’s going to be pipe-and-slippers time, so everyone’s been making the most of it.’

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie were also at the club, which will remain open despite members being sent home at 10pm as part of the new coronavirus restrictions.

‘Everything’s going to change,’ a source says. ‘Six o’clock for dinner will be the new 8 o’clock. We’d better get used to it.’

Claudia Winkleman headed to Annabel¿s nightclub in Mayfair with her film producer husband Kris Thykier

Claudia Winkleman headed to Annabel’s nightclub in Mayfair with her film producer husband Kris Thykier

Nanny state saves sam cam’s bacon 

Samantha Cameron’s tip for surviving lockdown? Employ a supernanny.

‘I was extremely lucky as our nanny locked down with us,’ says the wife of former Prime Minister David Cameron. ‘She was nervous of going back to her father in Glasgow and bringing Covid with her.’

Sam Cam, who set up the women’s clothes label Cefinn after her husband left Downing Street, makes the comments in Storcx, an online magazine set up by her sister-in-law Lohralee Astor.

About her nanny, Samantha adds: ‘She was amazing at home-schooling my youngest daughter, Florence. I was so busy coping with the business I don’t think I could have done both without her help; I might well have had to give the business up.’

Vanessa Redgrave has travelled to far-flung corners of the globe, but never to Stonehenge.

So historian Dame Mary Beard took the 83-year-old Oscar-winner to the prehistoric monument in Wiltshire and filmed the experience for her BBC2 series Inside Culture, which starts tonight.

‘She came to Stonehenge and performed a speech from Shakespeare’s Antony And Cleopatra in the middle of the Stone Circle,’ the Cambridge classics professor tells me. ‘It was absolutely epic. She captivated us in this extraordinary location.’

Zeinab’s star rises by royal appointment 

Just as Prince Harry and Meghan are looking to hire a big-hitter PR chief for their new charitable foundation, Prince William and Kate have made a superstar appointment of their own: BBC newsreader Zeinab Badawi.

I can reveal that William was so impressed with her work as chair of the Royal African Society, of which he’s patron, that she’s been appointed as a director of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s own charity, the Royal Foundation. 

Prince William and Kate have made a superstar appointment of their own: BBC newsreader Zeinab Badawi (pictured)

Prince William and Kate have made a superstar appointment of their own: BBC newsreader Zeinab Badawi (pictured)

He invited Badawi, 60, to Kensington Palace on Tuesday to discuss her new role. She will replace Simon Case, who left his role as William’s private secretary to be Boris Johnson’s Cabinet Secretary and head of the Civil Service.

Spare a thought for lingerie tycoon Michelle Mone who has had to cancel her wedding for the third time following the new Covid restrictions.

Baroness Mone of Mayfair, who was due to wed Doug Barrowman, says: ‘It’s frustrating that you can walk into a restaurant and have dinner surrounded by a room full of people, but you can’t have more than 15 attendees at a wedding.’ 

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