The amiable restaurateur the Earl of Bradford was devastated when his beloved first wife Jo deserted him just days after their silver wedding anniversary.
So I’m sorry to hear that he has now been robbed again after his second wife, Penelope, left him. Confirming the breakup, he says, “I’m very sorry that our marriage ended in divorce.”
The Earl, 74, aka Richard Bridgeman, refuses to talk about the breakdown of his marriage, but one of his friends tells me, “He’s devastated. Penny instructed the powerful divorce attorneys Vardags, who are pushing for a big settlement, but Richard just doesn’t have that kind of money.”
The Countess of Bradford, Dr Penelope Law with her husband Richard Bridgeman, 7th Earl of Bradford on their wedding day
The Earl of Bradford with his first wife Jo before their divorce in 2006
Yesterday there was a divorce hearing at the High Court in London.
The 60-year-old Countess of Bradford is an obstetrician and gynecologist known as Dr. Penelope Law at the private Portland Hospital in London, where Archie, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, was born.
Birth guide author Expecting a baby, she has been airily referred to as the doctor who is “too chic to pull” due to the number of cesarean sections she’s performed.
She married former UKip candidate Richard (pictured) in 2008. They were presented by his daughter Alicia at a Rugby School awards ceremony of £38,454 a year.
She is the mother of one of Alicia’s classmates. The wedding took place near Weston Park, his family’s former country home on the Shropshire-Staffordshire border.
Penny has admitted in the past that her professional success has come at the cost of her personal life and that her social life has put her social life to the test.
“No one would come to my house for lunch,” she has said. “Because I left them twice before to make their own lunch.”
The Earl, who ran Porters English Restaurant in Covent Garden, has four children with his first wife, daughter of Mayfair bookmaker Benjamin Miller.
Sophie learns to catwalk again after op
As a top model, Sophie Dahl was used to parading the catwalk at the world’s fashion shows.
But she has now revealed that she had to “learn to walk again” after major hip surgery.
Sophie Dahl ‘had to learn to walk again’ after hip surgery
Sophie, 44, who is an author like her celebrated grandfather Roald Dahl, says she has battled a grueling battle with hip dysplasia since childhood.
“It wasn’t picked up when I was a kid,” says Sophie, pictured before the surgery.
“So I had surgery a few years ago, where they cut my pelvis around the acetabulum to create adequate hip sockets.”
Sophie, who has two children with her husband, jazz musician Jamie Cullum, refers to the example of Roald’s first wife, Oscar winner Patricia Neal.
She says: “Every time I felt sorry for myself, I thought of my grandmother, who at 39 had three cerebral aneurysms, which left her paralyzed and speechless, and I pulled myself together and tried to climb the stairs. pedal again.’
David Cameron was clearly not amused by the indiscretions about him recorded in the diaries of Sasha Swire, wife of his longtime friend and fellow Etonian Hugo Swire.
Now former Foreign Secretary Hugo has tried to cheer up Cameron, who is embroiled in a lobbying scandal over his involvement in the failed company Greensill Capital.
‘Hugo exchanged texts with David and suggested lunch,’ reveals Sasha at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.
“But David said, why would he want to be the first chapter of your wife’s next diary collection? Hugo said not to worry – Sasha was too busy writing Greensill The Musical.”
Art fan Beatrice is a real image of joy
Princess Beatrice gave birth to her first child, Sienna, just three weeks ago, but she and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, are determined to continue their social lives.
Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Beatrice attended Ned’s Club Lounge at the Frieze London Art Fair yesterday
Yesterday, the Queen’s 33-year-old granddaughter and property developer, 38, attended the Frieze Art Fair, where they were joined by Lady Amelia Windsor, 26 (right), whose grandfather is the Duke of Kent.
Edo also has a four-year-old son, Christopher, known as ‘Wolfie’, with his ex-fiancée Dara Huang.
The glamorous architect, 38, also made an appearance at the annual art fair in London’s Regent’s Park this week.
Using Boris Johnson’s wife Carrie as his “spin doctor” seems to prompt casino and wildlife heir Damian Aspinall to make strange requests to number 10.
I can reveal that he sent an email demanding the Prime Minister close the London Zoo. Aspinall said: “In ten years or less, urban zoos, or zoos under 50 hectares, should be closed or contain only a maximum number of animals.”
The email was sent in April, three months after Carrie started working for him. It is released under the laws of freedom of information.
That’s a sum of achievement for math whiz Arthur
Arthur Campbells sweeps up bride Sheyda
SHE’S swept off her feet!
Arthur Campbell, brother of Burberry models Edie and Olympia, has happily tied the knot with Persian beauty Sheyda Monshizadeh-Azar.
Despite appearing in Vogue as a teenager, Arthur, 33, took the more cerebral road to becoming a math teacher.
But the son of longtime Etonian businessman Roddy Campbell and architect Sophie Hicks proved he still has a flair for the flamboyant by dramatically carrying his bride around the London reception.
After giving an emotional speech, Arthur’s father admitted, “I had to burst into tears at the end.
Spend £900 on dinner, says TV chef
How much would you pay for a luxury meal?
According to the BBC’s Great British Menu star Daniel Clifford, diners should expect to pay close to £1,000 per person at a top restaurant.
On how ‘cheap’ it is to eat out in Britain, the two Michelin star chef says: ‘I went for a meal in Paris and our bill was £900 each. We didn’t have any fancy wine, we ate four courses at a three-star restaurant and we all walked out of there saying, “It’s packed [of diners].”
One of the most expensive restaurants in London is trendy Nusr-Et in Knightsbridge, run by the flamboyant chef known as ‘Salt Bae’.
But Clifford pops: ‘Do you want one? [£630] steak cooked by Mickey Mouse or do you want to come to a two star restaurant where you have 15 chefs who care about everything they do?
“There’s a big difference, isn’t it?”