Debbie McGee reveals the day Prince Andrew flew Paul Daniels to a event ‘in the Queen’s helicopter’ 


Debbie McGee reveals the day Prince Andrew flew Paul Daniels to a performance ‘in the Queen’s helicopter’

  • Debbie McGee’s husband Paul Daniels took unexpected trip in royal helicopter
  • Princess Anne offered Daniels a flight in the Queen’s helicopter after an event
  • Prince Andrew flew Daniels from Stoke-on-Trent to Windsor Castle
  • Royal source said if the story was true it did not involve the Queen’s helicopter

Not everyone has been delighted to see the Duke of York lately.

But Debbie McGee says her husband Paul Daniels certainly was – when Prince Andrew gave the magician a lift in the Queen’s helicopter when he was running late for a show.

Miss McGee, 61, said she and Daniels, who died aged 77 in 2016, had been at an event in Stoke-on-Trent attended by royalty.

Debbie McGee, 61, told the story of the time her husband Paul Daniels, who died aged 77 in 2016, took a surprise trip in the Queen’s helicopter after an event in Stoke-on-Trent

McGee said Prince Andrew, pictured in 1983 when he was a Navy helicopter pilot, flew the helicopter to Windsor while Daniels entertained Fergie with cards tricks in the lounge below

McGee said Prince Andrew, pictured in 1983 when he was a Navy helicopter pilot, flew the helicopter to Windsor while Daniels entertained Fergie with cards tricks in the lounge below 

She revealed on her podcast Spill The Tea: ‘At the end of the day Paul ran to say goodbye to Princess Anne and said, “I’m really sorry I can’t stay for the party afterwards, it’s over-run by two hours and I’m meant to be on stage in an hour at the Savoy”.

‘Paul was doing a cabaret for a private party [at the Savoy]. So Princess Anne said, “Have you got someone to drive your car back to London?” and Paul said, “Yes I have, of course” – that was muggins, me.’

She said Anne then asked Prince Edward to find his brother Andrew, adding: ‘Edward ran off, brought Prince Andrew back and [Princess Anne] said, “Have you still got the Queen’s helicopter?” He said “Yes” and she said, “Well go and get it ready, you’re going to fly Mr Daniels back to Windsor Castle. I’ll phone ahead and get a car ready – he’s got to be at the Savoy”.

‘I waved them off on the helicopter pad with Prince Andrew piloting it and Fergie in the lounge with Paul below, where Paul I think did card tricks all the way to Windsor Castle. When he got there, she’d not only just organised a car, it was the Queen’s car. He got into his tuxedo in the back of it going along the M4. Then he got to the Savoy, walked on stage… and had a great night.’

Last night a royal source said: ‘If this story is true it did not involve one of Her Majesty’s helicopters.’

Debbie McGee reveals the day Prince Andrew flew Paul Daniels to a event ‘in the Queen’s helicopter’ 


Debbie McGee reveals the day Prince Andrew flew Paul Daniels to a performance ‘in the Queen’s helicopter’

  • Debbie McGee’s husband Paul Daniels took unexpected trip in royal helicopter
  • Princess Anne offered Daniels a flight in the Queen’s helicopter after an event
  • Prince Andrew flew Daniels from Stoke-on-Trent to Windsor Castle
  • Royal source said if the story was true it did not involve the Queen’s helicopter

Not everyone has been delighted to see the Duke of York lately.

But Debbie McGee says her husband Paul Daniels certainly was – when Prince Andrew gave the magician a lift in the Queen’s helicopter when he was running late for a show.

Miss McGee, 61, said she and Daniels, who died aged 77 in 2016, had been at an event in Stoke-on-Trent attended by royalty.

Debbie McGee, 61, told the story of the time her husband Paul Daniels, who died aged 77 in 2016, took a surprise trip in the Queen’s helicopter after an event in Stoke-on-Trent

McGee said Prince Andrew, pictured in 1983 when he was a Navy helicopter pilot, flew the helicopter to Windsor while Daniels entertained Fergie with cards tricks in the lounge below

McGee said Prince Andrew, pictured in 1983 when he was a Navy helicopter pilot, flew the helicopter to Windsor while Daniels entertained Fergie with cards tricks in the lounge below 

She revealed on her podcast Spill The Tea: ‘At the end of the day Paul ran to say goodbye to Princess Anne and said, “I’m really sorry I can’t stay for the party afterwards, it’s over-run by two hours and I’m meant to be on stage in an hour at the Savoy”.

‘Paul was doing a cabaret for a private party [at the Savoy]. So Princess Anne said, “Have you got someone to drive your car back to London?” and Paul said, “Yes I have, of course” – that was muggins, me.’

She said Anne then asked Prince Edward to find his brother Andrew, adding: ‘Edward ran off, brought Prince Andrew back and [Princess Anne] said, “Have you still got the Queen’s helicopter?” He said “Yes” and she said, “Well go and get it ready, you’re going to fly Mr Daniels back to Windsor Castle. I’ll phone ahead and get a car ready – he’s got to be at the Savoy”.

‘I waved them off on the helicopter pad with Prince Andrew piloting it and Fergie in the lounge with Paul below, where Paul I think did card tricks all the way to Windsor Castle. When he got there, she’d not only just organised a car, it was the Queen’s car. He got into his tuxedo in the back of it going along the M4. Then he got to the Savoy, walked on stage… and had a great night.’

Last night a royal source said: ‘If this story is true it did not involve one of Her Majesty’s helicopters.’

Princess Margaret ‘cleared the way’ for royal splits, says royal expert


Princess Margaret’s 1978 divorce paved the way for future royal marriages to be dissolved, a new documentary on the Queen’s sister claims. 

A Channel 5 documentary airing this Saturday, Princess Margaret: A Rebel Without a Crown, examines the life and loves of Princess Margaret and claims divorcing her husband of 18 years, Lord Snowdon, in 1978, paved the way for other unhappy marriage to flee unhappy relationships.

Earlier this year, the newest royal divorcé was Peter Philips, who split from wife Autumn after 17 years of marriage. 

The royal family has become no stranger to divorce proceedings in recent decades,  with Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne all separated or remarried. 

Scroll down for video 

Princess Margaret: A Rebel Without a Crown, airing on Channel 5 on Saturday 30 May, claims Princess Margaret’s divorce from Anthony Armstrong-Jones paved the way for other royals to escape their unhappy marriage (pictured together in 1965 in New York) 

Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond says Princess Margaret's 1978 marriage breakdown made it okay to be a divorcee in the royal family in the documentary

Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond says Princess Margaret’s 1978 marriage breakdown made it okay to be a divorcee in the royal family in the documentary

The programme examines Margaret’s colourful love life, which made her a must-invite in London social circles, the Sunday Express reports. 

From her love affair with married Peter Townsend to her marriage to the sulfurous Antony Armstrong-Jones, royal experts on the show say Margaret, who passed away in 2002, aged 71, stepped away from tradition in more ways than one. 

‘She did tarnish the family’s reputation but she cleared the way for others to get out of unhappy marriages,’ Ex-BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond said, speaking of Margaret’s highly publicised divorce from Lord Snowdon. 

The pair met in 1958 at a dinner party organised by mutual friends, and wed at Westminster Abbey in May 1960, the first royal wedding to be televised. 

Margaret was popular with the press, equaled in popularity only by legendary Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor (pictured: Margaret and Lord Snowdon in Beverly Hills, 1965)

Margaret was popular with the press, equaled in popularity only by legendary Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor (pictured: Margaret and Lord Snowdon in Beverly Hills, 1965)

Speaking in the Channel 5 programme, royal biographer Christopher Warwick claimed that Margaret’s popularity with the show-business world made her as popular as famed actress Elizabeth Taylor, and a favourite with photographs. 

‘Everything she did made news. The press only wanted pictures of Margaret and Taylor,’ he said. 

‘Margaret would go to parties and the sun would often be rising as she was driving home,’ he added.  

However, the union was reportedly not a good one, and the pair soon drifted apart, with both royals entering into extra-marital affairs. 

Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips were the latest royal couple to announce their split in early 2020 (pictured in 2014 in London)

Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips were the latest royal couple to announce their split in early 2020 (pictured in 2014 in London)

Princess Anne divorced from Peter's father Captain Mark Phillips (right) in 1992 after 19 years of marriage (pictured during a tour of Canada in Toronto, in the 1960s)

Princess Anne divorced from Peter’s father Captain Mark Phillips (right) in 1992 after 19 years of marriage (pictured during a tour of Canada in Toronto, in the 1960s)

Margaret famously invited Roddy Llewellyn, a lover who was 17 years her junior, to the island of Mustique in 1974, where they were photographed by paparazzis, precipitating the end of her marriage. 

The pair made their divorce official in 1978, after 18 years of marriage. The romance between Anthony Armstrong-Jones and the royal has been romanticised more than once, most lately in the second and third season of Netflix royal drama the Crown. 

In March 1992, Prince Andrew and the Duchess od York Sarah Ferguson announced their split, which led to their divorce in May 1996 (pictured with Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice in 1997)

In March 1992, Prince Andrew and the Duchess od York Sarah Ferguson announced their split, which led to their divorce in May 1996 (pictured with Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice in 1997)

Prince Charles and Lady Diana announced their split in 1992 after it was rumoured the Prince of Wales had engaged in an extra-marital affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles. The pair pictured in 1991 in Toronto

Prince Charles and Lady Diana announced their split in 1992 after it was rumoured the Prince of Wales had engaged in an extra-marital affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles. The pair pictured in 1991 in Toronto 

The separation fed newspaper columns at the time, and according to Jennie Bond, paved the way for royals such as Charles, Andrew and Peter to go through their own divorce 14 and 42 years later. 

The Queen’s first three children famously split from their spouse in 1992, a year which the monarch herself dubbed her ‘annus horribilis.’

Prince Andrew was the first to separate from his wife, the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson on March 19. 

Anne, now 70, followed suit by divorcing from her husband Captain Mark Phillips on April 23 after 19 years of marriage. 

In December of the same year, Charles split from Lady Diana Spencer, the Princess of Wales after years of marital trouble, and the very public announcement of his extra-marital affair with Camilla, now Duchess of Cornwall. Both Andrew’s and Charles’ divorces were officialised in 1996.

Princess Margaret: A Rebel Without a Crown, airs on Saturday 30 May on Channel 5. 

Princess Margaret ‘cleared the way’ for royal splits, says royal expert


Princess Margaret’s 1978 divorce paved the way for future royal marriages to be dissolved, a new documentary on the Queen’s sister claims. 

A Channel 5 documentary airing this Saturday, Princess Margaret: A Rebel Without a Crown, examines the life and loves of Princess Margaret and claims divorcing her husband of 18 years, Lord Snowdon, in 1978, paved the way for other unhappy marriage to flee unhappy relationships.

Earlier this year, the newest royal divorcé was Peter Philips, who split from wife Autumn after 17 years of marriage. 

The royal family has become no stranger to divorce proceedings in recent decades,  with Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne all separated or remarried. 

Scroll down for video 

Princess Margaret: A Rebel Without a Crown, airing on Channel 5 on Saturday 30 May, claims Princess Margaret’s divorce from Anthony Armstrong-Jones paved the way for other royals to escape their unhappy marriage (pictured together in 1965 in New York) 

Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond says Princess Margaret's 1978 marriage breakdown made it okay to be a divorcee in the royal family in the documentary

Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond says Princess Margaret’s 1978 marriage breakdown made it okay to be a divorcee in the royal family in the documentary

The programme examines Margaret’s colourful love life, which made her a must-invite in London social circles, the Sunday Express reports. 

From her love affair with married Peter Townsend to her marriage to the sulfurous Antony Armstrong-Jones, royal experts on the show say Margaret, who passed away in 2002, aged 71, stepped away from tradition in more ways than one. 

‘She did tarnish the family’s reputation but she cleared the way for others to get out of unhappy marriages,’ Ex-BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond said, speaking of Margaret’s highly publicised divorce from Lord Snowdon. 

The pair met in 1958 at a dinner party organised by mutual friends, and wed at Westminster Abbey in May 1960, the first royal wedding to be televised. 

Margaret was popular with the press, equaled in popularity only by legendary Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor (pictured: Margaret and Lord Snowdon in Beverly Hills, 1965)

Margaret was popular with the press, equaled in popularity only by legendary Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor (pictured: Margaret and Lord Snowdon in Beverly Hills, 1965)

Speaking in the Channel 5 programme, royal biographer Christopher Warwick claimed that Margaret’s popularity with the show-business world made her as popular as famed actress Elizabeth Taylor, and a favourite with photographs. 

‘Everything she did made news. The press only wanted pictures of Margaret and Taylor,’ he said. 

‘Margaret would go to parties and the sun would often be rising as she was driving home,’ he added.  

However, the union was reportedly not a good one, and the pair soon drifted apart, with both royals entering into extra-marital affairs. 

Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips were the latest royal couple to announce their split in early 2020 (pictured in 2014 in London)

Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips were the latest royal couple to announce their split in early 2020 (pictured in 2014 in London)

Princess Anne divorced from Peter's father Captain Mark Phillips (right) in 1992 after 19 years of marriage (pictured during a tour of Canada in Toronto, in the 1960s)

Princess Anne divorced from Peter’s father Captain Mark Phillips (right) in 1992 after 19 years of marriage (pictured during a tour of Canada in Toronto, in the 1960s)

Margaret famously invited Roddy Llewellyn, a lover who was 17 years her junior, to the island of Mustique in 1974, where they were photographed by paparazzis, precipitating the end of her marriage. 

The pair made their divorce official in 1978, after 18 years of marriage. The romance between Anthony Armstrong-Jones and the royal has been romanticised more than once, most lately in the second and third season of Netflix royal drama the Crown. 

In March 1992, Prince Andrew and the Duchess od York Sarah Ferguson announced their split, which led to their divorce in May 1996 (pictured with Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice in 1997)

In March 1992, Prince Andrew and the Duchess od York Sarah Ferguson announced their split, which led to their divorce in May 1996 (pictured with Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice in 1997)

Prince Charles and Lady Diana announced their split in 1992 after it was rumoured the Prince of Wales had engaged in an extra-marital affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles. The pair pictured in 1991 in Toronto

Prince Charles and Lady Diana announced their split in 1992 after it was rumoured the Prince of Wales had engaged in an extra-marital affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles. The pair pictured in 1991 in Toronto 

The separation fed newspaper columns at the time, and according to Jennie Bond, paved the way for royals such as Charles, Andrew and Peter to go through their own divorce 14 and 42 years later. 

The Queen’s first three children famously split from their spouse in 1992, a year which the monarch herself dubbed her ‘annus horribilis.’

Prince Andrew was the first to separate from his wife, the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson on March 19. 

Anne, now 70, followed suit by divorcing from her husband Captain Mark Phillips on April 23 after 19 years of marriage. 

In December of the same year, Charles split from Lady Diana Spencer, the Princess of Wales after years of marital trouble, and the very public announcement of his extra-marital affair with Camilla, now Duchess of Cornwall. Both Andrew’s and Charles’ divorces were officialised in 1996.

Princess Margaret: A Rebel Without a Crown, airs on Saturday 30 May on Channel 5. 

Police monitor 112 ‘red alert’ stalkers plaguing the Royal Family as number almost doubles in a year


Police monitor 112 ‘red alert’ stalkers plaguing the Royal Family as number almost doubles in a year amid backlash from Prince Andrew’s Jeffrey Epstein interview and Megxit

  • London Metropolitan Police’s register of people of interest has nearly doubled
  • There are four more names on the category of ‘high concern’ since last year
  • Security experts say it has come due to an increase in ‘disregard’ for Royals

Police are monitoring 112 ‘red alert’ stalkers of the Royal Family after the number almost doubled since Prince Andrew’s disastrous Jeffrey Epstein interview. 

London Metropolitan Police have seen a huge increase on the register of people of interest following a year of headlines including Harry and Meghan’s exit from Royal duties.

There are four more names on the category of ‘high concern’ since last year, taking the total number to nine.  

Security experts believe the rise has come because of an increase in ‘disregard’ for the Royal Family amid revelations about the Duke of York’s friendship with late paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Security experts believe the nearly doubled number of ‘red alert’ stalkers of the Royal Family has happened because of an increase in ‘disregard’ for the crown following revelations about Prince Andrew’s friendship with the late paedophile Jeffrey Epstein after an infamous Newsnight interview

Security expert Richard Aitch, who is projects director at Mobius International, said others were angered by the addition of Meghan to the Royal Family.

He said: ‘Many of these people could be described as “cranks” and “nutters” and in many ways, although their risk has to be considered, they would to my mind pose a lesser importance to those threats emanating from terrorism.

‘The arrival of Meghan on the scene would, I believe, increase the figures somewhat for various reasons and towards the latter part of 2019 the disclosure of the intent to leave Royal duties and move main residence to Canada would also contribute as a major influencing factor on those figures increasing. 

‘In addition, the Prince Andrew controversy and the strongly critiqued television interview creates an increase in disregard for the Royal Family, that potentially could have dangerous ramifications.’

Security expert Richard Aitch, who is projects director at Mobius International, said others were angered by the addition of Meghan to the Royal Family

Security expert Richard Aitch, who is projects director at Mobius International, said others were angered by the addition of Meghan to the Royal Family

The 122 people on the current list are being monitored by the Met’s Fixed Threat Assessment Centre (FTAC) which categorises their risk potential, reported The Express.

It is a joint Metropolitan Police and NHS unit comprised of detectives and mental health professionals.

The unit was established in October 2006 in response to evidence that a significant proportion of fixated people are severely and acutely mentally ill and urgently need professional medical help.

Last year a number of royal stalkers with were being tracked ahead of Harry and Meghan’s wedding, with more than half were of moderate or high concern.

Police monitor 112 ‘red alert’ stalkers plaguing the Royal Family as number almost doubles in a year


Police monitor 112 ‘red alert’ stalkers plaguing the Royal Family as number almost doubles in a year amid backlash from Prince Andrew’s Jeffrey Epstein interview and Megxit

  • London Metropolitan Police’s register of people of interest has nearly doubled
  • There are four more names on the category of ‘high concern’ since last year
  • Security experts say it has come due to an increase in ‘disregard’ for Royals

Police are monitoring 112 ‘red alert’ stalkers of the Royal Family after the number almost doubled since Prince Andrew’s disastrous Jeffrey Epstein interview. 

London Metropolitan Police have seen a huge increase on the register of people of interest following a year of headlines including Harry and Meghan’s exit from Royal duties.

There are four more names on the category of ‘high concern’ since last year, taking the total number to nine.  

Security experts believe the rise has come because of an increase in ‘disregard’ for the Royal Family amid revelations about the Duke of York’s friendship with late paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Security experts believe the nearly doubled number of ‘red alert’ stalkers of the Royal Family has happened because of an increase in ‘disregard’ for the crown following revelations about Prince Andrew’s friendship with the late paedophile Jeffrey Epstein after an infamous Newsnight interview

Security expert Richard Aitch, who is projects director at Mobius International, said others were angered by the addition of Meghan to the Royal Family.

He said: ‘Many of these people could be described as “cranks” and “nutters” and in many ways, although their risk has to be considered, they would to my mind pose a lesser importance to those threats emanating from terrorism.

‘The arrival of Meghan on the scene would, I believe, increase the figures somewhat for various reasons and towards the latter part of 2019 the disclosure of the intent to leave Royal duties and move main residence to Canada would also contribute as a major influencing factor on those figures increasing. 

‘In addition, the Prince Andrew controversy and the strongly critiqued television interview creates an increase in disregard for the Royal Family, that potentially could have dangerous ramifications.’

Security expert Richard Aitch, who is projects director at Mobius International, said others were angered by the addition of Meghan to the Royal Family

Security expert Richard Aitch, who is projects director at Mobius International, said others were angered by the addition of Meghan to the Royal Family

The 122 people on the current list are being monitored by the Met’s Fixed Threat Assessment Centre (FTAC) which categorises their risk potential, reported The Express.

It is a joint Metropolitan Police and NHS unit comprised of detectives and mental health professionals.

The unit was established in October 2006 in response to evidence that a significant proportion of fixated people are severely and acutely mentally ill and urgently need professional medical help.

Last year a number of royal stalkers with were being tracked ahead of Harry and Meghan’s wedding, with more than half were of moderate or high concern.

Princess Eugenie praises her ‘special mum’ Sarah Ferguson


Princess Eugenie has praised her ‘special mum’ Sarah Ferguson for bringing ‘joy and happiness’ through her ‘storytime’ YouTube show during this ‘challenging time.’

Taking to Instagram, Princess Eugenie, 30, shared a screenshot of her mother, the Duchess of York’s post, and penned: ‘My special mum has started @storytimewithfergieandfriends. Something to bring joy and happiness in this challenging time. 

‘If you’d like your story read or you would like to take part then look below to join in on a bit of fun.’  

In an effort to keep spirits high, Prince Andrew’s ex-wife has introduced a daily story time slot where she reads a children’s bedtime story on YouTube – and is joined online by various celebrity guests.

Princess Eugenie, 30, has praised her ‘special mum’ Sarah Ferguson, 60, for bringing ‘joy and happiness’ through her ‘storytime’ YouTube show. Pictured, attending the 50th anniversary of The Beatles SGT Pepper Album at Abbey Road Studios for End The Silence and Hope&Homes for Children on May 31, 2017 in London

Taking to Instagram, the royal penned: 'My special mum has started @storytimewithfergieandfriends. Something to bring joy and happiness in this challenging time' (pictured)

Taking to Instagram, the royal penned: ‘My special mum has started @storytimewithfergieandfriends. Something to bring joy and happiness in this challenging time’ (pictured)

In her post, the Duchess of York, 60, encouraged the nation to send in their favourite children’s stories and wrote: ‘I would love to receive your books and stories for @storytimewithfergieandfriends.’ 

It comes hours after Princess Eugenie thanked a breakfast brand for donating ‘over a million bags’ of oats to a care package scheme for vulnerable people across the country.

Taking to her social media page, Eugenie, shared a picture of NHS healthcare workers clutching huge bags of porridge oats that had been donated by Cheshire based brand MornFlake.

The royal posted: ‘Thankyou to @MornFlake who have been donating 100s of bags of their oats to hospital workers but also over a million now to the @Defrauk care package scheme – a national initiative which sends care parcels out to vulnerable people across the country.’  

In her own Instagram post, Sarah Ferguson encouraged the nation to send in their favourite childhood books for @storytimewithfergieandfriends (pictured)

In her own Instagram post, Sarah Ferguson encouraged the nation to send in their favourite childhood books for @storytimewithfergieandfriends (pictured)

It comes after the 30-year-old shared a snap of health workers carrying boxes full of oats as she thanked the Chesire-based company

It comes after the 30-year-old shared a snap of health workers carrying boxes full of oats as she thanked the Chesire-based company 

Princess Eugenie has played an active role on social media during the pandemic, highlighting work done to support NHS staff working on the frontline. 

The Duchess of York’s daughter has previously thanked a takeaway chain for donating to frontline staff at The York hospital as it emerged that Sarah Ferguson has briefed eateries to make any donations ‘convenient’.

Earlier this week, Eugenie shared a picture of the colourful goodie bags containing pasta that had been donated to NHS workers at the York Hospital. 

The royal wrote:  ‘Thank you to  Eataliano UK who donated and delivered their pasta to the team on the fronttline at York Hospital’.

It comes days after Princess Eugenie thanked a takeaway chain for donating to frontline staff at The York hospital

It comes days after Princess Eugenie thanked a takeaway chain for donating to frontline staff at The York hospital 

Meanwhile, her mother Sarah Ferguson shared a picture of hospital staff holding trays of brownies, writing: ‘Thank you so much for the cake and brownie donations to Northwick Park Hospital’. 

The baker behind the brownies, Nisha Khurana, later took to Instagram to reveal the brief she had been given, focusing on ‘comfort’ when she baked for hospital staff.

She wrote: ‘Absolutely delighted to have been given the opportunity to contribute towards the generous donations to the NHS by Sarah, Duchess of York. 

‘From the beginning comfort and convenience were the main focus for what I was going to produce. With that in mind, and a cup of tea in hand, I settled on individually baked slices of brownies, coffee and walnut cake, banana cake and lemon bread.’

She added:  ‘Made even sweeter by the donation going to the renal unit at the Northwick Park Hospital who have been instrumental in keeping many people alive and well, including my mum’.

The baker behind the brownies, Nisha Khurana, later took to Instagram to reveal the brief she had been given, focusing on 'comfort' when she baked for hospital staff

The baker behind the brownies, Nisha Khurana, later took to Instagram to reveal the brief she had been given, focusing on ‘comfort’ when she baked for hospital staff



Princess Eugenie praises her ‘special mum’ Sarah Ferguson


Princess Eugenie has praised her ‘special mum’ Sarah Ferguson for bringing ‘joy and happiness’ through her ‘storytime’ YouTube show during this ‘challenging time.’

Taking to Instagram, Princess Eugenie, 30, shared a screenshot of her mother, the Duchess of York’s post, and penned: ‘My special mum has started @storytimewithfergieandfriends. Something to bring joy and happiness in this challenging time. 

‘If you’d like your story read or you would like to take part then look below to join in on a bit of fun.’  

In an effort to keep spirits high, Prince Andrew’s ex-wife has introduced a daily story time slot where she reads a children’s bedtime story on YouTube – and is joined online by various celebrity guests.

Princess Eugenie, 30, has praised her ‘special mum’ Sarah Ferguson, 60, for bringing ‘joy and happiness’ through her ‘storytime’ YouTube show. Pictured, attending the 50th anniversary of The Beatles SGT Pepper Album at Abbey Road Studios for End The Silence and Hope&Homes for Children on May 31, 2017 in London

Taking to Instagram, the royal penned: 'My special mum has started @storytimewithfergieandfriends. Something to bring joy and happiness in this challenging time' (pictured)

Taking to Instagram, the royal penned: ‘My special mum has started @storytimewithfergieandfriends. Something to bring joy and happiness in this challenging time’ (pictured)

In her post, the Duchess of York, 60, encouraged the nation to send in their favourite children’s stories and wrote: ‘I would love to receive your books and stories for @storytimewithfergieandfriends.’ 

It comes hours after Princess Eugenie thanked a breakfast brand for donating ‘over a million bags’ of oats to a care package scheme for vulnerable people across the country.

Taking to her social media page, Eugenie, shared a picture of NHS healthcare workers clutching huge bags of porridge oats that had been donated by Cheshire based brand MornFlake.

The royal posted: ‘Thankyou to @MornFlake who have been donating 100s of bags of their oats to hospital workers but also over a million now to the @Defrauk care package scheme – a national initiative which sends care parcels out to vulnerable people across the country.’  

In her own Instagram post, Sarah Ferguson encouraged the nation to send in their favourite childhood books for @storytimewithfergieandfriends (pictured)

In her own Instagram post, Sarah Ferguson encouraged the nation to send in their favourite childhood books for @storytimewithfergieandfriends (pictured)

It comes after the 30-year-old shared a snap of health workers carrying boxes full of oats as she thanked the Chesire-based company

It comes after the 30-year-old shared a snap of health workers carrying boxes full of oats as she thanked the Chesire-based company 

Princess Eugenie has played an active role on social media during the pandemic, highlighting work done to support NHS staff working on the frontline. 

The Duchess of York’s daughter has previously thanked a takeaway chain for donating to frontline staff at The York hospital as it emerged that Sarah Ferguson has briefed eateries to make any donations ‘convenient’.

Earlier this week, Eugenie shared a picture of the colourful goodie bags containing pasta that had been donated to NHS workers at the York Hospital. 

The royal wrote:  ‘Thank you to  Eataliano UK who donated and delivered their pasta to the team on the fronttline at York Hospital’.

It comes days after Princess Eugenie thanked a takeaway chain for donating to frontline staff at The York hospital

It comes days after Princess Eugenie thanked a takeaway chain for donating to frontline staff at The York hospital 

Meanwhile, her mother Sarah Ferguson shared a picture of hospital staff holding trays of brownies, writing: ‘Thank you so much for the cake and brownie donations to Northwick Park Hospital’. 

The baker behind the brownies, Nisha Khurana, later took to Instagram to reveal the brief she had been given, focusing on ‘comfort’ when she baked for hospital staff.

She wrote: ‘Absolutely delighted to have been given the opportunity to contribute towards the generous donations to the NHS by Sarah, Duchess of York. 

‘From the beginning comfort and convenience were the main focus for what I was going to produce. With that in mind, and a cup of tea in hand, I settled on individually baked slices of brownies, coffee and walnut cake, banana cake and lemon bread.’

She added:  ‘Made even sweeter by the donation going to the renal unit at the Northwick Park Hospital who have been instrumental in keeping many people alive and well, including my mum’.

The baker behind the brownies, Nisha Khurana, later took to Instagram to reveal the brief she had been given, focusing on 'comfort' when she baked for hospital staff

The baker behind the brownies, Nisha Khurana, later took to Instagram to reveal the brief she had been given, focusing on ‘comfort’ when she baked for hospital staff



Pregnant wife of one of Britain’s richest men says they are divorcing


The pregnant Russian wife of one of Britain’s richest men who is also one of Prince Andrew’s closest friends has revealed that the couple are divorcing.

Jonathan Rowland’s wife Anya Rowland announced the end of their marriage in a hard-hitting social media video but said that she could not reveal too many details about it following advice from her lawyers.

Her high-flying businessman husband is the son of property developer David ‘Spotty’ Rowland, who enjoys close links to the Royal Family and the Conservative Party. Jonathan is also heir to his father’s £612 million fortune and oversees all his investments.

Both father and son are close to the Duke of York, and Jonathan and Anya Rowland attended Princess Eugenie’s 2018 wedding.

Anya Rowland announced the end of her marriage to Jonathan Rowland, one of Britain’s richest men, in a hard-hitting social media video

Anya revealed that her husband had done a midnight flit from their south London home while she was on holiday in the Dominican Republic, deserting her and their two sons

Anya revealed that her husband had done a midnight flit from their south London home while she was on holiday in the Dominican Republic, deserting her and their two sons

MailOnline initially reported details of the couple’s marriage troubles in February, after Anya posted a series of moving Instagram posts.

She revealed that her husband had done a midnight flit from their south London home while she was on holiday in the Dominican Republic, deserting her and their two sons. She is expecting their third child in July.

Mr Rowland, 44, told MailOnline at the time that ‘they are still together.’ But following publication of the story, Anya removed herself from social media and has now briefly returned to confirm the end of the marriage.

In the Instagram video, Anya announces in Russian that she is only temporarily back on social media and that she had archived all references and photographs of her husband and his family.

Mr Rowland (left), 44, told MailOnline at the time that ¿they are still together.¿ But following publication of the story, Anya removed herself from social media and has now briefly returned to confirm the end of the marriage

Mr Rowland (left), 44, told MailOnline at the time that ‘they are still together.’ But following publication of the story, Anya removed herself from social media and has now briefly returned to confirm the end of the marriage 

Mr Rowland apparently spent time while his wife was away clearing his things from the couple's £2million home in South London. He left the day his wife returned, she claims

Mr Rowland apparently spent time while his wife was away clearing his things from the couple’s £2million home in South London. He left the day his wife returned, she claims

She reveals: ‘For the period of my divorce, my page will be closed.

‘I will be sort of a half-blogger, as I barely can tell anything on my personal life, as advised by my lawyers.

‘So, it will remain like this.’

Anya referred to the media interest in Britain and Russia in her postings and her ‘personality and marriage’ but said that until her divorce was completed ‘I cannot give any details of what is happening.’

She stated: ‘I have archived all the photographs and mentions of my husband and his family.

‘At the moment, my blog will be about me, my sons and about our life in London in our new status.’

Mr Rowland and his father are close to the Duke of York (pictured), and he and Anya attended Princess Eugenie's 2018 wedding

Mr Rowland and his father are close to the Duke of York (pictured), and he and Anya attended Princess Eugenie’s 2018 wedding

She added: ‘It’s very hard for me now, especially considering the fact of complete chaos in the world. But I can handle it.’

Anya describes herself as having been wife to ‘an aristocrat husband’.

She sees her role in future as ‘exposing the British’ she announced.

Before the split Anya had boasted on social media that she was ‘friends with the royal family’ and regularly posted pictures of the couple’s flamboyant lifestyle.

But their relationship took a dramatic turn in February when Anya revealed that her husband had simply packed up his things and gone when she returned home from a break in the Dominican Republic, leaving their two children aged four and two in the care of their nanny.

She posted at the time: ‘While I was on my very well deserved vacation in the Dominican Republic suspecting nothing of the oncoming disaster, my remarkable husband packed all his things, making sure to make use of the situation while no one was home and brought everything over to his new residence of which he has never informed me.’

Russian Anya, who is four months pregnant, says Mr Rowland, 44, packed up all of his things while she was away and told the nanny that he was clearing up to make space for the new baby

A devastated Anya also revealed how Mr Rowland removed expensive art works from their £2million home in fashionable Fulham, south west London while she was away, claiming that he was ‘making space’ for their new baby.

She cried: ‘During my absence, my two children, my mother and our housekeeper were at home. They too unfortunately were not informed.

‘One day my dear husband was noticed by my housekeeper while he was taking down paintings and to her puzzled expression and her questions, he responded that he was just making space for the new baby.’

Her mother Natalia Nikulina, 61, flew to London in March and has been helping her with her children during lockdown.

Anya describes herself as having been wife to ¿an aristocrat husband¿

Anya describes herself as having been wife to ‘an aristocrat husband’

Anya met Mr Rowland six years ago at a business event. They married in 2016 when she was eight months pregnant with their first child and her UK visa was about to expire.

Anya, who was born in Novgorod, Russia moved to London to work in finance after studying business at St Petersburg University.

Controversial Mr Rowland divorced his first wife Zoe, with whom he has two children, in 2006 following an acrimonious court battle in which she was awarded a share of his future inheritance. He left school at 16 and seized the opportunity of the dotcom boom to make millions.

His father David, 74, is a scrap metal dealer’s son from South London who left school without any qualifications but found himself rubbing shoulders with English royalty, developing a close bond with Andrew.

He was 226th on last year’s Sunday Times Rich List and has donated £3 million to the Conservatives and is also a former Party treasurer.

Anya met Mr Rowland six years ago at a business event. They married in 2016 when she was eight months pregnant with their first child and her UK visa was about to expire

Anya met Mr Rowland six years ago at a business event. They married in 2016 when she was eight months pregnant with their first child and her UK visa was about to expire 

The two have been friends since at least 2005 when the Duke of York unveiled a bronze statue of the financier in the grounds of Havilland Hall, Rowland’s sprawling estate in Guernsey.In 2009, Andrew publicly launched the Rowlands’ bank in Luxembourg.

Reports have claimed that he also helped clear some of the Duchess of York’s debts.

His son Jonathan has been criticised in the past for his ties to Andrew who was accused of using his official position to work behind the scenes for the wealthy Rowland family.

This included the Duke taking Mr Rowland on taxpayer funded trade missions to Saudi Arabia and China and plugging the Rowland’s private bank to help them land rich clients.

Leaked messages showed that Andrew and Mr Rowland discussed secretly continuing their controversial business relationship ‘under the radar’ to escape media scrutiny over the Duke’s links to the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, prior to the prince being forced to quit as the UK’s trade envoy.

Pregnant wife of one of Britain’s richest men says they are divorcing


The pregnant Russian wife of one of Britain’s richest men who is also one of Prince Andrew’s closest friends has revealed that the couple are divorcing.

Jonathan Rowland’s wife Anya Rowland announced the end of their marriage in a hard-hitting social media video but said that she could not reveal too many details about it following advice from her lawyers.

Her high-flying businessman husband is the son of property developer David ‘Spotty’ Rowland, who enjoys close links to the Royal Family and the Conservative Party. Jonathan is also heir to his father’s £612 million fortune and oversees all his investments.

Both father and son are close to the Duke of York, and Jonathan and Anya Rowland attended Princess Eugenie’s 2018 wedding.

Anya Rowland announced the end of her marriage to Jonathan Rowland, one of Britain’s richest men, in a hard-hitting social media video

Anya revealed that her husband had done a midnight flit from their south London home while she was on holiday in the Dominican Republic, deserting her and their two sons

Anya revealed that her husband had done a midnight flit from their south London home while she was on holiday in the Dominican Republic, deserting her and their two sons

MailOnline initially reported details of the couple’s marriage troubles in February, after Anya posted a series of moving Instagram posts.

She revealed that her husband had done a midnight flit from their south London home while she was on holiday in the Dominican Republic, deserting her and their two sons. She is expecting their third child in July.

Mr Rowland, 44, told MailOnline at the time that ‘they are still together.’ But following publication of the story, Anya removed herself from social media and has now briefly returned to confirm the end of the marriage.

In the Instagram video, Anya announces in Russian that she is only temporarily back on social media and that she had archived all references and photographs of her husband and his family.

Mr Rowland (left), 44, told MailOnline at the time that ¿they are still together.¿ But following publication of the story, Anya removed herself from social media and has now briefly returned to confirm the end of the marriage

Mr Rowland (left), 44, told MailOnline at the time that ‘they are still together.’ But following publication of the story, Anya removed herself from social media and has now briefly returned to confirm the end of the marriage 

Mr Rowland apparently spent time while his wife was away clearing his things from the couple's £2million home in South London. He left the day his wife returned, she claims

Mr Rowland apparently spent time while his wife was away clearing his things from the couple’s £2million home in South London. He left the day his wife returned, she claims

She reveals: ‘For the period of my divorce, my page will be closed.

‘I will be sort of a half-blogger, as I barely can tell anything on my personal life, as advised by my lawyers.

‘So, it will remain like this.’

Anya referred to the media interest in Britain and Russia in her postings and her ‘personality and marriage’ but said that until her divorce was completed ‘I cannot give any details of what is happening.’

She stated: ‘I have archived all the photographs and mentions of my husband and his family.

‘At the moment, my blog will be about me, my sons and about our life in London in our new status.’

Mr Rowland and his father are close to the Duke of York (pictured), and he and Anya attended Princess Eugenie's 2018 wedding

Mr Rowland and his father are close to the Duke of York (pictured), and he and Anya attended Princess Eugenie’s 2018 wedding

She added: ‘It’s very hard for me now, especially considering the fact of complete chaos in the world. But I can handle it.’

Anya describes herself as having been wife to ‘an aristocrat husband’.

She sees her role in future as ‘exposing the British’ she announced.

Before the split Anya had boasted on social media that she was ‘friends with the royal family’ and regularly posted pictures of the couple’s flamboyant lifestyle.

But their relationship took a dramatic turn in February when Anya revealed that her husband had simply packed up his things and gone when she returned home from a break in the Dominican Republic, leaving their two children aged four and two in the care of their nanny.

She posted at the time: ‘While I was on my very well deserved vacation in the Dominican Republic suspecting nothing of the oncoming disaster, my remarkable husband packed all his things, making sure to make use of the situation while no one was home and brought everything over to his new residence of which he has never informed me.’

Russian Anya, who is four months pregnant, says Mr Rowland, 44, packed up all of his things while she was away and told the nanny that he was clearing up to make space for the new baby

A devastated Anya also revealed how Mr Rowland removed expensive art works from their £2million home in fashionable Fulham, south west London while she was away, claiming that he was ‘making space’ for their new baby.

She cried: ‘During my absence, my two children, my mother and our housekeeper were at home. They too unfortunately were not informed.

‘One day my dear husband was noticed by my housekeeper while he was taking down paintings and to her puzzled expression and her questions, he responded that he was just making space for the new baby.’

Her mother Natalia Nikulina, 61, flew to London in March and has been helping her with her children during lockdown.

Anya describes herself as having been wife to ¿an aristocrat husband¿

Anya describes herself as having been wife to ‘an aristocrat husband’

Anya met Mr Rowland six years ago at a business event. They married in 2016 when she was eight months pregnant with their first child and her UK visa was about to expire.

Anya, who was born in Novgorod, Russia moved to London to work in finance after studying business at St Petersburg University.

Controversial Mr Rowland divorced his first wife Zoe, with whom he has two children, in 2006 following an acrimonious court battle in which she was awarded a share of his future inheritance. He left school at 16 and seized the opportunity of the dotcom boom to make millions.

His father David, 74, is a scrap metal dealer’s son from South London who left school without any qualifications but found himself rubbing shoulders with English royalty, developing a close bond with Andrew.

He was 226th on last year’s Sunday Times Rich List and has donated £3 million to the Conservatives and is also a former Party treasurer.

Anya met Mr Rowland six years ago at a business event. They married in 2016 when she was eight months pregnant with their first child and her UK visa was about to expire

Anya met Mr Rowland six years ago at a business event. They married in 2016 when she was eight months pregnant with their first child and her UK visa was about to expire 

The two have been friends since at least 2005 when the Duke of York unveiled a bronze statue of the financier in the grounds of Havilland Hall, Rowland’s sprawling estate in Guernsey.In 2009, Andrew publicly launched the Rowlands’ bank in Luxembourg.

Reports have claimed that he also helped clear some of the Duchess of York’s debts.

His son Jonathan has been criticised in the past for his ties to Andrew who was accused of using his official position to work behind the scenes for the wealthy Rowland family.

This included the Duke taking Mr Rowland on taxpayer funded trade missions to Saudi Arabia and China and plugging the Rowland’s private bank to help them land rich clients.

Leaked messages showed that Andrew and Mr Rowland discussed secretly continuing their controversial business relationship ‘under the radar’ to escape media scrutiny over the Duke’s links to the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, prior to the prince being forced to quit as the UK’s trade envoy.