With Kate and William lying low for August, the royal news vacuum is being more than filled by Prince Harry.
The Mirror is reporting that Harry’s short-term affair with lingerie model Florence Brudenell-Bruce is over, and that it was the Prince who put an end to it. Citing an “insider,” the paper says Harry just didn’t want to be “tied down” in a relationship.
“Harry has a lot on his mind at the moment,” the insider reportedly said. “He is concentrating on his Apache helicopter training. After that, he’s expecting to return to Afghanistan.”
The 25-year-old Brudenell-Bruce, commonly known by her nickname Flee, had started dating Harry back in June and had reportedly wanted him to join her for a vacation in Ibiza this month.
When asked about the news, Clarence House responded last night: “We do not comment on Prince Harry’s personal life.”
In other royal-related news:
• The organizations selected by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to receive donations from their special wedding charity fund may have to wait until next year before they actually receive any of the money.
The Daily Mail reports that, so far, not a single one of the 26 charities has been given any of the £1 million ($1,642,300) raised at the wedding.
“There was never a timeline as such,” an aide told The Mail. “We hope to distribute the money as soon as possible, but it’s a very complex and time-consuming process. At the moment none of the charities has received monies.” Part of the delay is reportedly the result of making sure that donors’ wishes are properly followed.
• Prince Charles was the star attraction in the premiere of a new documentary series called Britain’s Hidden Heritage. He appeared on the program to discuss Dumfries House, an enormous 18th-century mansion in Ayrshire, Scotland that had been in danger of being sold in 2007. Charles apparently made sure that the sale, which would have scattered all the stately home’s original fixtures and furnishings, didn’t happen. The Telegraph described how Charles explained what a shame that would have been: “’It would have just become,’ said the Prince with one of his stuttering pauses that so often actually indicate the mot juste is about to emerge like a train from a tunnel, ‘a ruin.’”
• The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been depicted as scarecrows before, but it’s apparently something that doesn’t get old — and the crows probably don’t know the difference. Last weekend, two scarecrows at the 18th annual scarecrow festival in Kettlewell in Yorkshire got the royal treatment.
• One island in the Adriatic desperately wants to be a vacation destination for the royals, and Mayor Zdenko Antesic on the Croatian island of Rab “keeps the hope alive” that it will happen. The mayor invited Kate and William to spend their honeymoon there, and they sent back a thank-you letter. But there’s no indication that the royal couple will follow in the footsteps of Edward, Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson, who vacationed there in 1939, and, according to what the mayor told The Croatian Times, started a tradition of nude sunbathing on one of the island’s beaches.