EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Lord is kicked out of Harrods over paint-spattered jacket and jeans

His family ancestral home is the impressive Badminton House which sits on 52,000 acres in Gloucestershire, his eldest brother is the Duke of Beaufort and his first cousins ​​include the Marquess of Bath.

So Lord John Somerset – known to pals as Johnson – could reasonably expect to be greeted warmly, even deferentially, at Harrods, which it proudly bills as ‘the world’s leading luxury department store’.

But not a bit of it: In extraordinary scenes, the 57-year-old was almost “marched out” by security forces – an outrage for anyone, but perhaps particularly traumatic for a member of the aristocracy, even in today’s strictly egalitarian society.

The incident caught the attention of writer and shipping heir Taki Theodoracopulos, who is godfather to Lord John’s daughter Romy.

Lord John Somerset, 57, was nearly dragged out of Harrods

Lord Somerset, also known as

Lord Somerset, also known as “Johnson”, wore jeans and a paint-splattered jacket at the luxury department store

Lord John was married to Lady Cosima Vane-Tempest-Stewart, a confidant of Princess Diana.

Taki explains that “Johnson,” a music producer who has worked with, among others, Bryan Ferry, wore jeans and a paint-splattered jacket.

Despite his decidedly run-down looks, the slightly disheveled aristocrat (pictured left looks a lot smarter) made it to the fifth floor – home to Harrods’ technology department.

“He was waiting to pay for a £500 speaker,” adds Taki, “when he was approached by two heavyweights.”

Harrods department store has been open since 1849

Harrods department store has been open since 1849

The nobleman then found himself under escort and drove down five floors at some speed and was then thrown out of the building, but not without asking why – and was told it was because he was “inappropriately dressed”. .

Perhaps it’s a consolation that he made his way inside the store at least a little before being pulled out again.

That’s better than Australian pop singer and former Neighbors star Jason Donovan, who was refused entry 30 years ago for wearing ripped jeans.

And Luke Goss – a member of the eighties band Bros – was refused entry by a Harrods bouncer who allegedly didn’t recognize him.

Sir Mick's girlfriend Melanie Hamrick

Sir Mick’s girlfriend Melanie Hamrick

Sir Mick’s girlfriend Melanie Hamrick may not be Lady Jagger yet, but she has developed a close relationship with some of his children.

The 35-year-old US ballerina showed her support for his jewelery designer daughter Jade, 15 years her senior, by attending the launch of her first fashion collection at Annie’s Ibiza boutique on Carnaby Street in London. Jade, left, whose mother is Sir Mick’s ex-wife Bianca, has three grandchildren. That makes Deveraux, Mel’s son with the 78-year-old Rolling Stones singer, a great-uncle at the age of five.

Not many know that. . . Sir Michael Caine has finally sold his sprawling Surrey mansion. The Hollywood star, 89, managed to fetch £3.5million for the seven-bedroom house near Leatherhead after slashing the price by £250,000 last year. The two-time Oscar winner bought the property – which includes an indoor pool, hot tub, gym and cinema – for £1million 22 years ago. He and his wife Shakira have downsized.

Binky hangs around for Wedding Pt2

Binky hangs around for Wedding Pt2

Wedding planning can be nerve-wracking, and Made in Chelsea star Binky Felstead has found a complicated way to unwind.

The mother-of-two exchanged vows with businessman Max Darnton, 32, in a civil ceremony at Chelsea Old Town Hall last year but is planning a spectacular second celebration in Greece soon.

“It’s all very exciting and a little bit stressful, so I decided to hang out here for a little bit,” she says, referring to a Pilates session at a London studio where Binky, 32, did a handstand with her feet on strapped to a trapeze. “It was the most beautiful track of all time.”

Life has been of concern for her lately – her one-year-old son Wolfie was hospitalized last week after hummus caused a severe allergic reaction.

Boris Johnson may be on the ropes but Sir Keir Starmer cannot speak for the nation, according to Oscar-winning former Labor MP Glenda Jackson. “I have to be honest, I just wish Keir would find someone to help him develop that voice,” she says at an In Conversation event, where she discusses her career at the BFI on London’s Southbank. Jackson, 86, adds: “One of his biggest drawbacks is that voice.” Go ahead Glenda, name his other “cons”. . .

Days after Prince Charles was scourged for accepting bags of cash from a Qatari sheikh, I heard he had private conversations with the third richest man in the world.

I can unveil the heir to the throne, who entertained Bernard Arnault, boss of French luxury goods giant Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton – and his son Antoine, who married Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova in 2020 – at his home in Highgrove on Monday. A Clarence House source says: “The meeting was part of His Royal Highness’ Sustainable Markets Initiative. . . about bringing the champagne industry together reduce its carbon footprint.’

But did Arnault bring a present?

Queen guitarist Brian May's wife Anita Dobson

Queen guitarist Brian May’s wife Anita Dobson

Queen guitarist Brian May’s wife, Anita Dobson, caused quite a stir when she wore this short dress to a red carpet event last month.

Unkind critics claimed she was too old to show her legs at 73. The former EastEnders star tells me: ‘My legs are still here. I don’t really listen to what the critics say – you have to be strong enough to wear what suits you.”

Speaking at the National Film Awards in London, where she won the Lifetime Achievement Award, she adds: “If you feel happy and comfortable, that’s it.

“There will always be someone who loves you and someone who will blow your mind for it.”

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