EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Royal honeymoon site will be the irresistible setting for non-Royal weddings

It’s already indelibly associated with two royal honeymoons — those of the Queen and Prince Philip, who spent their wedding night there in 1947, and Charles and Diana, who lingered there for their first three nights as a married couple 34 years later. 

But from next year, Broadlands, Earl Mountbatten of Burma’s family seat, will be the irresistible setting for any number of weddings — and non-royal ones at that. 

However, they won’t be held in the splendid 60-room house, whose chatelaine is Prince Philip’s confidante Penny Mountbatten, the 3rd Earl’s wife, but in its Grade-II listed, 18th-century orangery. 

Broadlands, Earl Mountbatten of Burma's family seat, (pictured) will be the irresistible setting for any number of weddings from next year

Broadlands, Earl Mountbatten of Burma’s family seat, (pictured) will be the irresistible setting for any number of weddings from next year

The Queen and Prince Philip (pictured) spent their wedding night at the the splendid 60-room house in 1947

The Queen and Prince Philip (pictured) spent their wedding night at the the splendid 60-room house in 1947

Charles and Diana (pictured) also lingered there for their first three nights as a married couple 34 years later

Charles and Diana (pictured) also lingered there for their first three nights as a married couple 34 years later

Hampshire locals believe the 5,000-acre estate is feeling the pinch. 

‘It’s cash-strapped,’ one of them tells me. 

An estate spokesman says the proposed change of use — permitting one wedding each week between May and September — is now a matter for the local council. 

The chatelaine for the house is Prince Philip's confidante Penny Mountbatten, the 3rd Earl's wife (pictured)

The chatelaine for the house is Prince Philip’s confidante Penny Mountbatten, the 3rd Earl’s wife (pictured)

Look out PM! Your ex ‘special friends’ are best buddies… 

Just when Boris Johnson thought it couldn’t get any worse, as he’s ferociously attacked for his absence during the exams fiasco, two of his reputed former lovers are making common cause. 

Petronella Wyatt, 52, has struck up an intriguing friendship with American businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri, 35. Both women are said to have ‘enjoyed’ four-year relationships with Johnson at separate times during his second marriage, to long-suffering barrister Marina Wheeler. 

The pair are getting on so well that Petronella, daughter of late journalist and Labour politician Lord (Woodrow) Wyatt, says she ‘can’t wait’ to visit Arcuri in the U.S. when the pandemic is over. ‘She’s a very nice girl,’ Petronella tells me. ‘Jennifer’s very cultured and shares my obsession with the golden age of Hollywood and Broadway show tunes.’ 

Just when Boris Johnson thought it couldn't get any worse, as he's ferociously attacked for his absence during the exams fiasco, two of his reputed former lovers are making common cause

Just when Boris Johnson thought it couldn’t get any worse, as he’s ferociously attacked for his absence during the exams fiasco, two of his reputed former lovers are making common cause

So which tunes will they be singing together? Friends speculate that they are considering a joint book about their experiences. Jennifer has gushed to her publicly online: ‘What a wonderful friend you are. 

Thank you for sharing your amazing mind and stories with me. I look forward to our next adventures.’ Boris began his affair with Petronella when he was editor of The Spectator and she was his deputy. 

He had promised to leave his wife for her. The affair resulted in a miscarriage and an abortion. Boris was fired from his shadow cabinet post in 2004, by then Tory leader Michael Howard, for lying about the relationship, as he had initially categorically denied it. 

Boris and fiancee Carrie Symonds (pictured), who now have their three-month-old son, Wilfred, recently spent time on holiday in Scotland

Boris and fiancee Carrie Symonds (pictured), who now have their three-month-old son, Wilfred, recently spent time on holiday in Scotland

Earlier this month, Petronella publicly mocked the Prime Minister over his holiday plans with his fiancee, Carrie Symonds and their three-month-old son, Wilfred. 

‘Boris and Carrie are going to spend part of their Scottish holiday camping,’ Petronella told friends online. ‘That will finish off their relationship. Boris can’t cook and Carrie only likes luxe private villas in hot places.’ 

Carrie’s previous holiday with Boris was a trip to the Caribbean last winter. The £15,000 jaunt caused controversy because of mystery over who paid for it.

Radio 1 DJ Greg James admits he hates some of the records he plays on his BBC breakfast show. ‘It’s a tricky balance,’ the former cricketer says. 

‘If somebody brings out a record you don’t like, you are not going to turn around and say, “We are not going to play that — come back again in a bit”? I’ve had to lie to Little Mix before when I have not liked their follow-up to Shout Out to My Ex.’ 

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