When Princess Diana’s niece Lady Kitty Spencer, 27, split up with wealthy property developer Niccolo Barattieri di San Pietro, he denied that he had become romantically involved with Elizabeth Hurley.
But the slimmed-down Italian, 47, painted a different picture when he was spotted on a date with the actress, 53, in London’s Mayfair (below).
Liz, who has a son, Damian, 16, was bombarded with ‘likes’ from divorced father-of-three Niccolo on social media last year. Soon after, his white Maserati was spotted regularly outside her Chelsea home.
Asked recently if she was currently dating anybody, The Royals actress teased: ‘I’ve made a vow — unless I’m engaged to somebody, I don’t talk about anybody.’
Niccolo Barattieri di San Pietro was spotted on a date with the Elizabeth Hurley, 53, in London’s Mayfair
Ex-lovers: Lady Kitty Spencer and Niccolo Barattieri di San Pietro in July 2016
Daughter of Charles’ ski tragedy pal to tie the knot
Prince Charles, who gallantly agreed to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle at her wedding, can look forward to another poignant occasion.
His goddaughter Alice Lindsay, whose father was killed on a skiing holiday in the Alps with the Prince, has become engaged.
Art history teacher Alice, 30, is to wed lawyer James Poyner, 33, next summer.
‘We plan to light a candle for my father in the church, and the band will be playing some of his favourite songs,’ she tells me.
Charles desperately tried to rescue Major Hugh Lindsay, a former equerry to the Queen, when he was buried by an avalanche at Klosters in 1988. Alice adds: ‘My dad would have loved James — they share the same love for life.’
The smart set’s talking about… Daniel Craig’s real Bond girl, Ella
James Bond star Daniel Craig has still not announced what he and his Oscar-winning wife, Rachel Weisz, have called their two-month-old baby girl, but his elder daughter is busy trying to become a household name.
Ella Loudon, 26, describes herself as her father’s ‘little nightmare’
Ella Loudon, 26, is an aspiring actress and her gruelling film Trauma Is A Time Machine, about a woman who runs away from an abusive home, is out shortly. ‘Ella is very serious about acting,’ one of her friends tells me.
She was raised away from the limelight by Craig’s first wife, Scottish-born actress Fiona Loudon, and uses her mother’s surname. But she saw him regularly, although he admitted he found fatherhood ‘horribly difficult’. In one recent social media post Ella described herself jokingly as her father’s ‘little nightmare’.
Ella, who grew up in London before moving to a boarding school in America aged 17, was one of only four people present when her father, 50, tied the knot with Weisz, 48, in New York in 2011.
Although she has starred in a number of theatre productions, this is her first feature film.
But could Daddy give her career a boost by securing her a role in his next outing as 007?
(Very) Modern manners
It seems you can’t go out these days without having a partygoer blow a lungful of fruity ‘vaping’ mist in your face, and now singer Ronan Keating is leading the fightback against electronic cigarettes.
‘I’d ban those horrible vape things,’ the former Boyzone star declares.
‘When someone’s puffing away on one, it’s like being hit by a blast of air from one of those New York subway grilles — and the smell of blueberries and strawberries they emit is horrible.’
The When You Say Nothing At All crooner adds: ‘Trying to get off cigarettes is great — but just stop smoking.’
TV historian Mary Beard has received an early Christmas present.
The 63-year-old is to become a grandma as her daughter, Zoe Cormack, 33, is expecting her first child. ‘I’ll be a very hands-off granny because I think I’ll be hopeless,’ Mary tells me. ‘I don’t know what you do with kids now.’
Zoe followed her mother into academia. She’s a fellow at the African Studies Centre, University of Oxford. Her boyfriend is scientist Akin Odeleye, 32.