Royal funeral snub

Last updated at 10:38 06 January 2005

Past differences are usually put to one side for family funerals, but that was not the case when Sir Angus Ogilvy was buried yesterday.

As 31 members of the Royal Family gathered alongside Sir Angus's widow, Princess Alexandra, at St George's Chapel in the shadow of Windsor Castle, one figure was sadly absent - his former son-in-law Paul Mowatt.

Mowatt's children, Zenouska, 14, and Christian, 11, were present together with their mother Marina - 36th in line to the Throne - the one-time rebel who long ago settled her own painful disagreements with her parents, which began after she became pregnant out of wedlock .

But despite all the talk of reconciliation, I understand that no invitation was extended to Marina's former husband. Privately he has told friends that he is "quite hurt" to have been excluded.

And indeed his relationship with Sir Angus, who died on Boxing Day after a three-year fight against cancer, was good.

Sir Angus himself said of Mowatt that Paul "was never the problem". Mowatt left his own floral tribute at the family home.

Mowatt, 41, was keeping a dignified silence on the matter.

But according to friends the fashion photographer was feeling "let down" last night.

One family friend tells me: "Paul firmly believes that as the father of two of Angus's grandchildren he should have been at the funeral with them - it was, after all, the first one they had been to.

"If they didn't want him there because he was an ex-son-in-law, he could have been included just to be with the children because Marina was going to have her hands full with her mother."

The funeral had already thrown up one potential disagreement - over the choice of ties the male members of Sir Angus's family were to have worn.

I understand that Angus's son, James, wanted the Ogilvys' Sutherland tartan. But Mowatt, whose father was a Scot, preferred Christian to wear the tartan of the Highland Argyll clan, of which he is a descendant.

This was one difference that was settled by another convention - they all wore funeral black.

Buried in the list of television presenters and minor actors that Tony Blair likes to entertain at Chequers was the intriguing name of Edward de Bono, the bombastic creator of 'lateral thinking'.

De Bono's techniques are sometimes used in the rehabilitation of difficult children and dimwitted employees.

Can slower members of the Cabinet look forward to being encouraged to use de Bono's 'six thinking hats' and other such gobbledegook in future?

I spy a second baby for Keeley

Actress Keeley Hawes, 28, has a second child to go with her second marriage.

The London cabbie's daughter and Matthew MacFadyen, 29 - her co-star in the moody TV spying drama Spooks - had a daughter just before Christmas. "She's called Maggie and her parents are absolutely delighted," a friend of the couple tells me.

It's been a busy few weeks for Keeley and RADA-trained Matthew , who had a low-key register office wedding in November.

The ceremony and the birth of their child marks a happy ending to an unsettled two years since the start of their relationship.

Keeley's affair with handsome 6ft 2in MacFadyen started in 2002, just five months after her marriage to cartoonist Spencer McCallum, with whom she has a four-year-old son. Keeley, a former model, is perhaps best known for playing a lesbian music hall star in the BBC's Tipping The Velvet.

Battle of the TV queens

Has formidable Christine Hamilton, 55, finally met someone who can stand up to her? The I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! star and her husband - disgraced Tory MP Neil, 55 - are letting another outrageous couple redecorate their home.

Plain-talking Scottish designers Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan, doyens of daytime TV, are going to get stuck into the Hamiltons' £500,000 riverside apartment in Battersea, south-west London, for a Channel Five series.

"I'm a little apprehensive at the moment as it's a very odd feeling to not have any creative control - not that I'm a control freak!" Christine tells me. "We last decorated when we moved in, in 1982.

"It's very dated and quite shabby, so they can't make it worse than it is now." In preparation for the arrival of the gay design duo, Christine and Neil are moving out of the flat into their £1 million house in Wiltshire, bought with the proceeds of their shameless career of TV deals and personal appearances.


My items about Princess Diana's stepmother's affection for (much) younger consorts provokes chatter in Torquay, the refined seaside resort, where Raine Spencer, 75, was seeing former local councillor Mark Kingscote. Until recently handsome confirmed bachelor Kingscote - some 30 years Raine's junior - had been the regular companion of David Wirrich, a one-time general manager of the Reform, the establishment club in Pall Mall.

Wirrich, head of Devon's St John Ambulance, was overheard telling friends in the Cornish town: "Raine's the queens' queen."

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