TATLER JETTISONS TATTLETALE
Tatler columnist Sally Ann Lasson’s tabloid tales of her affair with Princess Diana’s brother, Charles Althorp (PEOPLE, Feb. 18, 1991), apparently became too lurid for even the editors of the gossipy British glossy—last week they fired her. “I’m shocked and upset,” Lasson, 30ish, told the News of the World. In the last installment of her fictionalized diary, “Harry” (believed to be a thinly disguised Althorp) offers to leave his wife. In the real royal soap, Charlie, 26, vowed to remain with wife Victoria, 25, and daughter Kitty. “I don’t remember ‘Thou shalt not kiss and tell’ in the 10 Commandments,” said Lasson. “I do remember ‘Thou shalt not commit adultery.’ ”
KING RALPH, MEET KING TIM?
Tim Seely, the King of England in the opening sequences of the new John Goodman spoof, King Ralph, is the subject of a wild royal rumor. Since the 1988 publication of John Parker’s King of Fools, Seely, 55, has been bruited about as the illegitimate son of Edward VIII, who abdicated in 1936. Tim’s father of record is the late Frank Seely, a Nottingham coal-mine owner. His mother was the late Vera Lilian Seely, whose sister, Freda Dudley Ward, was one of Edward’s mistresses. (Parker theorizes that Edward took up with Vera in 1934 while Wallis Simpson, his future wife, was in France.) When asked about his heritage, Seely says, “The Duke of Windsor was friendly with my parents in the ’20s and ’30s, and my mother did keep a sketch of him on her dressing table.”
He once quipped, “How can I not go [to the 1992 Olympics in Albertville] when they’re held in a town with my name?” but Monaco’s Prince Albert, 32, has forsworn bobsledding. The reason: the accidental death of his brother-in-law, Stefano Casiraghi, last year.
FIT FOR A DUCHESS
Once, Fleet Street cruelly dubbed her the Duchess of Pork. But fat chance you’ll hear them heap such insults on Fergie now. The 31-year-old mother of two has slimmed down to a mere 126 lbs. The general in charge of Fergie’s battle of the bulge is Josh Salzmann, 34, a former wrestling coach. The Massachusetts native puts the Duchess through a program of weight training, aerobics and stretching exercises. “She’s a fantastic, energetic individual,” says Salzmann.
OH, YOU KYDD!
Frances Shand Kydd, 55, Di’s attractive, twice-divorced mum, has spent the last 18 months fending off an ardent but unwanted suitor. On Jan. 22, Shand Kydd obtained an order in Scotland to keep her swain at bay. The wannabe beau is millionaire farmer Thomas Rountree, 57, who, according to court papers, has been deluging her with love letters, gifts and invitations. The cloddish Rountree would seem an unlikely match for the stylish Shand Kydd, especially since his affectionate nickname for her is Horse.