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EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Lady Colin Campbell's 2am party

EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Lady Colin Campbell’s 2am party has the neighbours raving

Lady Colin Campbell, who was known for her bullying behaviour and caustic put-downs when she competed on I’m A Celebrity, has now fallen out with her neighbours.

The royal biographer allowed a rave to take place in the grounds of her West Sussex stately home, Castle Goring, at the weekend, that kept locals awake until 2am and led to police being called.

‘People were taken by surprise because they were not warned,’ she admits, telling me: ‘It was staged with little notice after being cancelled due to covid the month before. They are not used to noise after 18 months of absolute quiet during the pandemic.’

Lady Colin Campbell, who was known for her bullying behaviour and caustic put-downs when she competed on I’m A Celebrity, has now fallen out with her neighbours

The royal biographer allowed a rave to take place in the grounds of her West Sussex stately home, Castle Goring, at the weekend, that kept locals awake until 2am and led to police being called

Lady Colin bought the castle for £700,000 in 2013 and has since spent several million on renovations. She lets it out for corporate events, weddings and now raves.

She says of the revellers: ‘The only access people had to the castle was to use the loos. In fact, I was popping down regularly to clean them.

‘I wanted to make sure standards were being maintained. I was wearing my rubber gloves and ravers were taking selfies with me.’

Cripes! Boris’s old prep school sold to developer for £5million 

When Ashdown House confirmed last year that it would close its doors permanently, figures in the education world desperately tried to save the prep school, whose former pupils include Boris Johnson, the Earl of Snowdon and Homeland star Damian Lewis.

I can disclose that, to their fury, the 180-year-old school has, however, now been sold off to a property developer for about £5 million.

When Ashdown House confirmed last year that it would close its doors permanently, figures in the education world desperately tried to save the prep school, whose former pupils include Boris Johnson (pictured), the Earl of Snowdon and Homeland star Damian Lewis

The Cothill Trust, which owns Ashdown House, has just exchanged contracts with the unnamed developer. The under-bidder was an educational establishment which offered £4.5 million.

‘It’s all terribly sad,’ a former parent tells me. ‘The school was run into the ground and the Cothill Trust refused to invest in its future.’

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Former pupils are now alarmed by what the developer might do to the building in East Sussex. The facade and one archway are listed, but the rest, including the chapel and the science block, which was opened by Sir David Attenborough, can be knocked down.

‘The trust has not contacted alumni about having the opportunity of buying the Rolls of Honour, stained glass windows, leavers’ boards, etc,’ claims the parent. ‘A great deal of hostility still exists.’

Ashdown House was one of the best-known prep schools in the country and charged fees of £28,680 a year, but blamed the coronavirus pandemic for its closure.

Some of Ashdown’s alumni, however, will struggle to mourn its passing — particularly those who experienced the headmastership of the late Billy Williamson, who was said to have ‘charmed parents and flogged pupils with equal gusto’.

‘On one occasion our entire class was caned because a boy did something fairly petty and didn’t own up,’ recalled Lord Snowdon, who bore the courtesy title Viscount Linley while at the school.

His parents, Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, removed him after he’d endured two years in Williamson’s care.

A spokesman tells me: ‘As a charitable organisation, the trustees based their decision for sale on what is in the best interests of the Cothill Trust and its group of five schools.

‘Assurances can be made that items of historical interest, such as the school honours boards, have been preserved.’

What better place for the Queen to mourn Prince Philip than in one of their favourite beauty spots? 

I hear she visited Glen Muick, eight miles from Balmoral, for a picnic yesterday with young children — believed to belong to either her granddaughter, Zara Tindall, or grandson, Peter Phillips. 

HM loves it there so much she named one of her new puppies Muick.

Clarkson’s girl reveals her naked ambitions

Petrolhead Jeremy Clarkson’s racy daughter Emily has stripped off to boost women’s ‘body confidence’.

The 27-year-old author was painted orange and pink before strutting her stuff in a ‘naked catwalk’ at the weekend, keeping on just her knickers.

Petrolhead Jeremy Clarkson’s racy daughter Emily has stripped off to boost women’s ‘body confidence’

The 27-year-old author was painted orange and pink before strutting her stuff in a ‘naked catwalk’ at the weekend, keeping on just her knickers

It was for a show at a London hotel organised by artist Sophie Tea — who specialises in painting nude women of all sizes — to promote healthy body image. 

‘I hope everyone who watched the show was able to see themselves represented,’ Emily tells me.

Night of high jinks at Lady Kitty pal’s wedding 

Lady Kitty Spencer has been to many weddings, including those of her cousins Princes William and Harry, but none has been as wild as the aristocratic celebration she attended at the weekend.

Her pal Lady Jemima Herbert, 31, swigged beer from the bottle on the steps of the Wiltshire church after exchanging vows with insurance broker Hugo Davies, 31.


Lady Kitty Spencer’s pal Lady Jemima Herbert, 31, swigged beer from the bottle on the steps of the Wiltshire church after exchanging vows with insurance broker Hugo Davies, 31

Their first dance at the reception at her family seat, Wilton House, saw the couple leaping about to Jump Around, by 1990s hip-hop group House Of Pain.

Later, things became so raucous that Lady Jemima, the Earl of Pembroke’s sister, ended up perched on the shoulders of a male guest.

Tatler model Lady Violet Manners called it ‘an amazing day’.

Nicole Kidman has discovered that her husband, the country music singer Keith Urban, has a ‘thing’ for Eastern European accents. 

The Aussie actress, 54, plays Masha, a Russian ‘wellness guru’, in new television drama Nine Perfect Strangers and Urban, 53, was more than happy for her to retain her Russian accent off set, too. 

‘Keith was really into Masha, so that was good,’ she whispers. ‘I think he liked the vibe.’

Mrs T star: we are now a mother …

The Iron Lady star Alexandra Roach, who played a young Margaret Thatcher in the Oscar-winning film alongside Meryl Streep, is taking on her most challenging role.

The actress, who turned 34 yesterday, has given birth to her first baby — a girl named Toni. 


The Iron Lady star Alexandra Roach, who played a young Margaret Thatcher in the Oscar-winning film alongside Meryl Streep, is taking on her most challenging role

‘I read every book about pregnancy, but somehow knew very little about what to do when they actually arrive,’ admits Roach, who’s married to nightclub promoter Jack Scales.

‘When we were alone on the ward, we looked at each other as if we were saying “So…what now!?”’

As one of our brightest stars, Josh O’Connor should never be short of company, but The Crown and The Durrells actor has made a public appeal for pals. 

He’s swapped London for the Big Apple because his girlfriend, marketing executive Margot Hauer-King, has had to go there for work and he feels lonely.

‘I’ve just moved to New York, so my days have been spent unpacking and walking around trying to get to grips with what life means — and trying to make friends,’ he says. ‘Genuinely — mostly just trying to make friends with anyone.’

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