Charles's talks with man who says Britain's overcrowded: Prince in private meeting at Clarence House with friend Robin Page
- Robin Page is former presenter of One Man And His Dog and Charles' friend
- Prince of Wales invited him to Clarence House for private talks on Tuesday
- Page does not say what they spoke about but on the same day he posted online about the damaging effect of 'overpopulation' on Britain
Robin Page is one of the countryside's most colourful - and controversial - characters, but he has a kindred spirit in Prince Charles.
I hear the heir to the throne invited the former One Man And His Dog presenter to Clarence House for private talks on Tuesday.
'Very privileged, as chairman of the Countryside Restoration Trust, to have a meeting with Prince Charles yesterday,' Page confirms. 'What a good, green man.'
The Prince of Wales (left) with his friend Robin Page
Page does not say what they spoke about but on the same day he posted online about the damaging effect of 'overpopulation' on Britain.
'Why do all our bigwig conservationists talk about protecting the planet — none will talk about UK's environmental disaster — over-population?' he asked.
Page established the Countryside Restoration Trust in 1993 in response to growing fears about intensive and industrialised farming.
His co-founders were artist Gordon Beningfield and conservationist Sir Laurens van der Post, Charles's mentor and Prince William's godfather.
Sir Laurens was hailed as a 'modern sage' in life, but his reputation took a battering after his death in 1996 with revelations that he had fathered a child with a 14-year-old girl who had been under his care during a sea voyage to England from South Africa.
There were also embarrassing claims that he had embellished the truth in his memoirs and travel books.
Page has never shied away from controversy himself. After he was sacked as a columnist by a broadsheet newspaper in August, he attacked the 'corporate, urban money men' responsible. He said the axing of his rural affairs column after some 30 years represented the latest blow to 'Britain's most endangered minority in multi-cultural Britain — traditional country people'.
Page quit as an independent councillor in Cambridgeshire earlier this year, claiming both local and national government policies were 'trashing' the countryside.
He previously hit the headlines when he compared the approval of an affordable housing development to 'jihadists trashing their history in Iraq'. A 'joke' about giving contraceptives to immigrants in raisins also landed him in hot water.
A Clarence House spokesman declines to comment.
LOST YOUR MANKINI, BORAT?
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But the 45-year-old Ali G actor opted for a somewhat more restrained outfit on holiday in Australia this week when he visited Bondi Beach with his wife, Aussie actress Isla Fisher.
The 40-year-old Wedding Crashers star and mother-of-two (left) sported a kaftan over a polka-dot bikini while the comedian showed off his physique in crimson board shorts.
Boris's office forks out £60k on suppers
Theresa May is reportedly coming to the end of her tether over Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's diplomatic gaffes, but at least he's taking his fine dining duties seriously.
New expenses documents show the Foreign Office splashed out more than £60,000 on entertaining foreign dignitaries since Boris's appointment in July.
The hospitality bill for the FCO's 'state and guest of government visits' includes £8,142 on 'entertaining' Australia's defence and foreign ministers.
It also spent almost £20,000 on accommodation for the president of Latvia, Raimonds Vejonis — even though he was in the UK just three days.
Boris's underlings aren't having quite such a jolly time. According to the latest survey of Foreign Office staff, six per cent want to quit their jobs 'as soon as possible'.
Queen Victoria's beach holiday ban
Star of ITV's Victoria, Jenna Coleman has discovered a downside to her role as Queen: a bikini ban.
'I'm staying in England for Christmas and going back to my mum's. I won't be having a hot Christmas because I can't get a tan before filming in February,' says Jenna, 30, after reading at the Nordoff Robbins Christmas Carol concert with boyfriend Tom Hughes, who plays on-screen husband Albert.
'I'm planning on eating lots of turkey,' she adds. 'I think Christmas is the one day you shouldn't feel guilty about that kind of indulgence. I like going home because it stops me taking any of this too seriously.'
Sir Paul McCartney's daughter Mary has a novel method for combating the dreaded post-Christmas bloat. And thankfully, it does not involve spending thousands at a celebrity detox retreat. 'I love Brussels sprouts and they're really healthy,' says photographer and mother of four Mary, 47. 'So forget about all that detoxing stuff after Christmas. Just as long as you eat Brussels sprouts with everything, then you'll be fine.' Her vegetarian father will be proud.
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