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On another occasion, Sienna Miller’s older sister Savannah spent a week at the commune, having new age treatments.
Now, ordinary tourists are being drawn to the estate instead.
‘The only problem, the prince used to say, was that “my brother wants to be me”.
’ Fashion designer Phillipa Lepley might have lost out to Sarah Burton of Alexander Mc Queen in her bid to design Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, but at least she got a consolation prize.
The pretty brunette (pictured), who is to be Kate’s maid of honour, was accompanied by boyfriend and ex-cricketer Alex Loudon, 30, and a fellow shopper tells me: ‘She was looking over pieces of china, discussing each piece as she picked them up before replacing them.
‘They didn’t buy anything and it crossed my mind she may have been checking things out for her sister.’At the ages of 69 and 79 respectively, the divorce of royal party planner Lady Elizabeth Anson and her husband, Sir Geoffrey Shakerley, was always going to be civilised, not least because they lived apart for more than 24 years.
‘It was long, lacy and absolutely beautiful,’ says Alice.‘Still, I am pretty impressed with Kate Middleton choosing Mc Queen’s designer for her gown - it’s terribly edgy of her.’Guests at the wedding in Ham included the Marquess of Northampton’s frisky daughter Lady Louisa Compton - pop crooner James Blunt’s old flame - socialite Violet von Westenholz and former Tory donor Johan Eliasch’s ex-wife Amanda.‘We’re also going to put a shop inside the Orangery Tea Rooms so that people can buy our jams and other organic produce. But I don’t like to call him a hippy any more because he actually does a lot of work at Tapeley.’Prince Charles has always thought that the solution to the ‘Prince Andrew Problem’ was for his younger brother to work for him.They may seem small things but it has made a difference.’The show is being broadcast on Sunday but Hector tells me that the estate’s past alternative lifestyle has not entirely been erased. ‘Once he got the hang of it he might have been quite useful,’ an aide says.The Hippie dating community is your place to connect, share and grow with other hippie singles. Our mission is to unite you with a dating community sharing your kwink.You are currently on the home page of the Hippie Dating Community.