EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Postie trapped in huge sinkhole on Royal estate

EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Postie trapped in huge sinkhole on Royal estate as he tried to deliver a letter to Prince Edward and his wife Sophie

The Royal Family is guaranteed loyal service from the Royal Mail, but one postman went above and beyond the call of duty to deliver letters to Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie.

I can disclose that the couple’s local postie was plunged into a sinkhole while doing his rounds in a van on the Bagshot Park estate where they live in Surrey.

His van needed to be rescued from the gaping cavity, said to be 10ft deep. ‘It was very dramatic,’ a source tells me. 

The Royal Family is guaranteed loyal service from the Royal Mail, but one postman went above and beyond the call of duty to deliver letters to Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, pictured above

‘He went straight in — there was nothing he could do.

‘It’s lucky that it was him and not the Queen who was driving along the estate road.

‘Apparently, there were some soldiers on the estate and they tried to lift the van out, but couldn’t. In the end, a recovery vehicle had to come and pull him out.’

The postman, who was not injured, is understood to have been forced to wait five hours before he was able to leave.

The source adds: ‘The driver is a bit embarrassed about all the fuss, but the main thing is he’s ok.’

The Earl and Countess of Wessex, pictured, have lived at the Mansion House at Bagshot since their wedding in 1999. The Queen’s youngest son and his wife use about a quarter of the 57 rooms in the rambling Tudor gothic-style mansion with their children, Lady Louise Windsor, 16, and James, 12, whose title is Viscount Severn.

A royal source tells me that Edward and Sophie are not responsible for the sinkhole because it did not appear in their driveway but on land belonging to the Crown Estate.

The postman, who was not injured, is understood to have been forced to wait five hours before he was able to leave. A stock image is used above

The Royal Mail confirms the incident last Friday.

‘A Royal Mail vehicle became stuck in a minor sinkhole in the Surrey area,’ a spokesman tells me.

‘The vehicle was subsequently recovered. No one was injured.’

A Buckingham Palace spokesman declines to comment.

Art dealer’s daughter Savannah, 41, who’s the sister of Hollywood star Sienna Miller, declines to name her new beau

Sienna sister finds new man and says: I’m a love machine!

Savannah Miller has not had to wait long to find new love.

Just a fortnight after I disclosed that the fashion designer had split up with her husband Nick Skinner, she’s now enjoying a passionate romance with another man.

Art dealer’s daughter Savannah, 41, who’s the sister of Hollywood star Sienna Miller, declines to name her new beau. But this week she declared: ‘I always love as hard as I can. I’m a love machine and absolutely nothing gives me greater pleasure than loving the people I love.’

Speaking online, the queen of ‘boho chic’ added: ‘People always tell me I “give too much” and I just don’t believe that. The more you love, the more you’ll receive.

‘People tease me about this, because it’s a bit out of control, but really nothing makes me feel more euphoric.’

The smart set’s talking about…

A new career thread for Lawrence Dallaglio’s girl

Knitting is enjoying a surge in popularity during lockdown, but Ella Dallaglio hopes to turn her hobby into something more lucrative.

The daughter of former England rugby captain Lawrence Dallaglio is becoming a knitwear designer. ‘She’s loved fashion from a very young age,’ a friend tells me. ‘And she’s got good connections in the industry, which is invaluable.’

Bedales-educated Ella, 23, who graduated in textiles from Chelsea College of Arts London last summer, comes from a creative family. Her mother, Alice, is a ceramicist, while her maternal grandmother, Lydia Corbett, was a muse to Picasso.

Ella has been courting the snapper Finnegan Travers, 26, since splitting up with Jude Law’s model son, Rafferty.

Clearly, she got the needle.

This country has made Robbie Williams rich, but the pop star claims we don’t show him enough respect. ‘In England, they have tall poppy syndrome,’ declares the former Take That singer, who is in lockdown at his Los Angeles mansion.

‘In America, they see the man that lives in the big house on the big hill and they go, “One day I am going to be that guy”.

‘In England, people go, “One day I am going to get that b***rd”. People would write and say very mean things about me, because that is what they do. Over here I got the loveliest things said about me and it was very, very sweet.’ Poor thing.

While pop superstar Adele gets slimmer and slimmer, Dawn French says lockdown is sending her in the opposite direction.

The comedienne revealed last year that she had lost eight stone through ‘joyless low-calorie eating’ but now admits: ‘I’m eating a lot of chocolate. My blood type is chocolate-positive.’

The Vicar Of Dibley star loves ‘getting Mars Bars and melting them down’. She explains: ‘You can dip anything in that, like a chocolate fondue.

‘Obviously my a**e has got absolutely enormous — it could have its own wheelbarrow.’

Why Strictly Flavia’s gone to the dogs…

Who says winning Strictly is a passport to riches and glamour? Professional hoofer Flavia Cacace, who lifted the glitterball trophy with gymnast Louis Smith in 2012, has revealed she worked in a dog grooming salon after quitting.

Professional hoofer Flavia Cacace, who lifted the glitterball trophy with gymnast Louis Smith in 2012, has revealed she worked in a dog grooming salon after quitting

‘I love to learn new things,’ Flavia tells me. 

‘I did an intensive course and got a Level 3 City & Guilds. I did dog grooming at a really good salon in Wandsworth, which took a maximum four students and we were supervised while working on clients’ dogs.’

The Italian, who gives dance and nutrition classes via her website FCMFIT, adds: ‘By the end of the 21 days, everyone in the area was like, “Oh my God, Flavia is at the salon.”’

We should have seen it coming: her winning partner on the 2013 Christmas Special was Rufus Hound.

Downton Abbey and Belgravia creator Julian Fellowes is mourning his mother-in-law Ursula Kitchener, who has died ‘gently’ at his 17th-century manor house in Dorset at the age of 96.

The Oscar winner’s family describe Ursula, the widow of an earl’s son, as a ‘genuine mould- breaker’ with a ‘mischievous sense of humour’. 

Lord Fellowes, who is married to Princess Michael of Kent’s lady-in-waiting Emma Kitchener, was so devoted to his wife’s family that he changed his surname by deed poll to Kitchener-Fellowes.

Double Diamond: Bob’s daughter expects twins

Financier Bob Diamond, who resigned unceremoniously as Barclays boss following the Libor interest-rate-fixing scandal, does nothing by halves — and his daughter, Nell, is following suit.

Having married financier Teddy Wasserman wearing a gown made from 115ft of silk with a 15ft train, she now reveals she’s pregnant with twins. Retail boss Nell, 31, confirms the news by quoting pop star Beyonce. ‘In the words of a very wise woman: “We have been blessed two times over”.’

Nell — who has a three-year-old, Henry — adds: ‘It’s been a really tough few months for a few reasons and I feel so lucky to have such a supportive community.’

He was the original presenter of MasterChef, but Loyd Grossman has had his fill of television cooking competitions. ‘There are one too many food programmes at the moment,’ he tells me. 

‘They present food as some kind of combat, which it’s not.’ Grossman, who made a fortune through his pasta sauces, adds: ‘The comparison between contestants isn’t really helpful and encourages a lot of egotism, which I don’t think is desirable.’ 

Kate shows off enviable figures

Three decades after her modelling debut, Kate Moss can still boast about enviable figures.

I can disclose that her company, the Kate Moss Agency, notched up a £600,000 profit last year, taking its value to £1.7 million. Not that Moss would be so vulgar as to discuss her wealth. ‘I don’t talk about money,’ she once observed. ‘It’s completely insensitive.’

Among the models on her agency’s books is Lila Moss, 17, her daughter,

(Very) modern manners

Seventies sex symbol Susan Penhaligon got her own back on a group of teenagers who mocked her for wearing a face mask.

The actress, 70, who was known as the ‘British Bardot’ for her sultry roles in dramas such as Bouquet Of Barbed Wire, says: ‘It’s OK for you youths — walking four abreast on the pavement and laughing at me for wearing a mask — but I’m in the “at risk” group.

‘Anyway, I coughed a couple of times and they scattered.’

Cameron to reveal ‘what he thinks about Boris as PM’

 David Cameron publicly declared he was ‘praying for Boris’ when the PM was poorly last month.

But does he still feel as charitable towards his successor and fellow Old Etonian?

I ask because Cameron is, I can disclose, once more retreating to the £25,000 shepherd’s hut in the garden of his Cotswolds farmhouse – to write an extra chapter to his memoirs.

The enlarged tome will be published in a paperback edition this autumn.

‘The new chapter covers the events of the past year,’ I’m told, tantalisingly.

‘He will say what he thinks about Boris as Prime Minister.’

Cameron excoriated Johnson in the hardback, accusing him of ‘backing something he didn’t believe in’ by campaigning to leave the EU and ‘behaving appallingly’ by attacking the government.

‘The new chapter covers the events of the past year,’ I’m told, tantalisingly. ‘He will say what he thinks about Boris as Prime Minister’

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