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Viewers of Netflix hit The Crown are left in no doubt who was to blame for the collapse of Prince Charles and Diana's marriage: he's shown sneaking off to renew his love affair with Camilla Parker Bowles while the Princess is left crying at the Palace.

Now, however, one of the couple's former royal protection officers has come forward to present a startlingly different version of events.

Allan Peters claims Charles did not start seeing Camilla romantically again (they had first met in their early 20s) until after he discovered Diana had been having a fling with fellow protection officer Barry Mannakee.

And Peters was the one who informed Charles of his wife's affair.

Viewers of Netflix hit The Crown are left in no doubt who was to blame for the collapse of Prince Charles and Diana's marriage: he's shown sneaking off to renew his love affair with Camilla Parker Bowles while the Princess is left crying at the Palace

Now, however, one of the couple's former royal protection officers has come forward to present a startlingly different version of events

'The popular perception is that the Prince of Wales was straying all the way through his marriage — and that is definitely, unequivocally, not the case,' insists Peters, who worked for Diana for almost a decade.

'The first person that strayed was the Princess. He went back to see Mrs Parker Bowles after he learned about her affair with Mannakee.'

This backs up Jonathan Dimbleby's version of events. In his authorised biography of Charles, published in 1994, Dimbleby stated that Charles and Camilla renewed acquaintances in 1986.

Mannakee had started protecting Diana in 1985. Their affair is said to have begun during a fishing expedition at Balmoral that year.

In 1986, he was transferred from his royal role to the Diplomatic Protection Squad. A year later, Mannakee, then 39, was killed in a mysterious road accident. 

He was reported to have been struck by a 17-year-old driver while riding on a motorbike in East London, leading Diana to suggest he'd been 'bumped off'.

Allan Peters claims Charles did not start seeing Camilla romantically again (they had first met in their early 20s) until after he discovered Diana had been having a fling with fellow protection officer Barry Mannakee

Speaking in a new CNN documentary, Peters says of Diana: 'I started to notice her behaviour was unusual whenever we were anywhere near Mannakee, so I decided to talk to her about it.

'For the first 20 minutes, she categorically denied it. But then she told me exactly what was going on: she was having some sort of relationship with Mannakee.

'The Prince of Wales approached me and said: 'Why is the Princess behaving in the way she is? What on earth is the matter?'

'So I said: 'You've got to talk to her.' And he said: 'Well, I've tried all that, and the only thing that seems to be upsetting her is that Barry Mannakee is going back to uniform. And, if she's that upset, Barry can stay.'

'At that stage, I was forced to say: 'Well, Sir, if he stays, then I'm afraid I'll have to leave.' And, I think, at that point the penny dropped. He was utterly shocked and was clearly very upset.'

Peters adds of the finger-pointing of blame: 'Nobody is the villain. In my view, everyone is the victim. [Charles] was under a lot of pressure to get married and she, too, was the victim of this whole process.'

 

Game of bones! Birthday treat for Emilia's pup 

She made her name as the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen, in Game Of Thrones, but Emilia Clarke is more concerned with furry creatures in real life.

The actress, 35, baked her dachshund, Ted, a very tasty-looking cake to celebrate his second birthday. And she dressed the pampered pooch in a pale blue ruffled collar and party hat (above right) for the celebration.

'Yes, I am now this lady,' jokes Emilia. 'Baking ain't just for humans — I mean, look at him.' Emilia, who is currently single, used to go out with film director Charlie McDowell, but now affectionately calls Ted, 'my main squeeze'. 

She made her name as the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen, in Game Of Thrones, but Emilia Clarke is more concerned with furry creatures in real life

The actress, 35, baked her dachshund, Ted, a very tasty-looking cake to celebrate his second birthday

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BORIS Johnson's wife, Carrie, is often portrayed by her enemies as his Lady Macbeth.

So guess which play she and the Prime Minister went to see on Tuesday? 

The Tragedy Of Macbeth, of course, at London's Almeida Theatre. 

Heavily pregnant Carrie is currently preoccupied by the 'rewilding' of elephants from Kent to Africa in her role as head of communications for the Aspinall Foundation, so perhaps The Jungle Book will be her next night out.

 

Gemma's got bottle . . . and a crazy rich party bag

AS ANY member could tell you, Annabel's has a strict policy of no alcohol being brought in from outside.

So Crazy Rich Asians star Gemma Chan raised eyebrows when she turned up for a party at the private Mayfair club carrying what appeared to be a bottle of fizz.

'On closer inspection, it turned out to be a handbag,' a fellow reveller tells me.

It was also considerably more expensive than even the finest vintage: the Judith Leiber Champagne Bottle Big Bubbles clutch bag costs £4,650.

So Crazy Rich Asians star Gemma Chan raised eyebrows when she turned up for a party at the private Mayfair club carrying what appeared to be a bottle of fizz

Chan, 38, who is going out with Mamma Mia! star Dominic Cooper, completed the party look with a green Oscar de la Renta taffeta mini-dress.

At least super-fit Gemma will have had a clear head the next day. 'I try to do exercise every morning,' she has explained. 

'A combination of yoga and Pilates. It's worth having that ten to 15 minutes to stretch, have a cup of tea and then launch into the day. I find my posture is different and the tension is gone.'

 

BBC star Amol Rajan appears to be spending too much time making dubious royal documentaries and not enough on his day job, presenting Radio 4's Today programme. 

Yesterday he couldn't remember the name of his esteemed fellow host Martha Kearney when it wasn't included on his autocue. 

'You're listening to Today on Radio 4, with . . . ,' he told listeners before the 7.30am news bulletin. 

'[The autocue] says, 'presenter and presenter' — that's you and me.' An unimpressed Kearney interjected: 'I'm called Martha. It's Martha. We've known each other for a while now.'

Rajan has been on Today for 24 weeks. But perhaps he is getting forgetful. 

After all, he didn't even remember to button up his shirt while presenting the BBC's supposed exposé The Princes And The Press, about William and Harry's relationship with the media. 

In fact, the most revealing thing in it was Rajal's chest hair.

 

Tory grandee Sir Graham Brady scoffs at government plans to ban the boiling of lobsters alive and outlaw the sale and importing of foie gras on the grounds of animal cruelty. 

'Where does it end?' he wails at the Restaurant Association Gala Dinner at the Dorchester. 

'I'm not sympathetic to banning the boiling of lobsters. It's all getting a bit ridiculous.' 

Brady, who's chairman of the influential 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative MPs, adds: 'I don't much like the idea of having to go abroad to eat my favourite foods. And will you be allowed to smuggle foie gras on the Eurostar? For personal use?' 

 

Taupe and glory: Kelly paints the town red 

She's the serious-looking 'queen of taupe' who used to make wannabe entrepreneurs quiver on Dragons' Den, but Kelly Hoppen was all smiles after her encounter with royalty.

The interior designer, 62, visited Windsor Castle to collect a CBE from Princess Anne for promoting British creativity, and commerce. 

She's the serious-looking 'queen of taupe' who used to make wannabe entrepreneurs quiver on Dragons' Den, but Kelly Hoppen was all smiles after her encounter with royalty

To celebrate, she held a party at Langan's Brasserie in Mayfair, where she was embraced by funnyman Alan Carr (left with Kelly), who made her roar with laughter. 

Perhaps he made a joke about her jumpsuit beng not taupe but scarlet.

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How the Warriors got back up to dynasty form

After the Golden State Warriors’ first game of the preseason, a 121-107 win against the Portland Trailblazers, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr put the word out there for the rest of the NBA: We back up.

“We’re chasing wins this year,” Kerr said before flashing a wry grin.

Granted, that declaration in October wasn’t as gangster as Idris Elba’s Stringer Bell’s declaration of his resurgence in HBO’s The Wire. But Kerr’s statement was no less ominous nor less potent.

Twenty games into the season, Kerr has kept his word. The Warriors at 18-2 have the best record in the league. They are also second in offense (114.3), and first in defense (99.7). The trajectory and feel of this team are reminiscent of the “Strength In Numbers” days of the dynasty. The Warriors’ success in the first quarter of the season has been a surprising revelation to critics at large. The success has been a surprise to nearly everyone except the team.

“It’s amazing,” Andrew Wiggins said last week after the Warriors moved to 16-2 by beating Philadelphia..“We’re not satisfied. We still want to get better, especially when Klay and Wise (James Wiseman) come back. It’s gonna be scary.”

There’s nothing the Warriors want more than to scare the hell out of the rest of the league, especially after the slights from the recent “down” seasons. Here are some observations as to why the Warriors have the best record in the league.

Keeping Receipts

Last season, despite having an MVP caliber season from Stephen Curry, the Warriors treaded water to eighth in the West before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers for the seventh seed and being upset by the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth. Coming into this season, the Warriors were projected to finish in a play-in situation again and even finishing with only 37 wins.  Kerr admitted recently that he acknowledges the early-season skepticism and he’s remembering the slights as the season progresses.

“I’m like Arya from Game Of Thrones,” Kerr said to Sports Illustrated. “Like, I have all the names of the media members who picked us to be out of the playoffs, and I’m just checking off the box. Every time I see one of those guys, I give them a little glare, and they know what that means.”

Klay Thompson believes the preseason prognostications were disrespectful, but he revels in them.

“That kind of disrespect bothers me,” Thompson told Sports Illustrated’s Howard Beck. “We have so many champions, guys who have done it in the highest pressure moments and you’re still gonna question our ability? I love it. But whatever. That’s what talking heads are paid to do.”

The Warriors were doubted at the start of their first championship season and even to an extent in their 73-9 season. In 2014, it was about the injuries to other teams. In 2015, it was about “luck” or “fluke.” The jabs and slights became personal to those Warriors and they proceeded to go to the Finals five years in a row, winning three titles.

The 2021-22 Warriors are letting the doubt fuel them. So, critics can keep doubting because the Warriors will take pleasure in making these critics look stupid before making them believers.

Addition By Subtraction

Many people don’t recognize that Kerr’s egalitarian, ball-movement heavy offense isn’t to maximize the abilities of Curry. This system and philosophy is to maximize the role players. There’s a certain type of role player that thrives in Kerr’s offense. A Kerr guy is a player who sets well-timed screens, is aware of their shot selection, and can effectively and consistently execute their multiple post-split plays.

Last season’s players such as Kelly Oubre, Kent Bazemore, and Eric Paschall were clunky fits in this system. Enter players such as Otto Porter,  Andre Iguodala, Nemanja Bjelica, and Gary Payton II and watch them thrive offensively and defensively. Related Articles

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Curry takes the multiple traps and double and triple teams, which provides space for the others to score. If shots aren’t there and there are better ones available they pass until they can get the look they want. Oubre, Bazemore, and Paschall were often impatient with the offense and so they freelanced which made the offense struggle.

It’s not like that with Porter, Bjelica et al. They are proving that the Warriors didn’t need a splashy trade, just capable and competent vets that understood their roles, bought into those roles and acted accordingly.

Handling Their Business

Much has been said about the Warriors’ strength-of-schedule during the first 20 games, but the Warriors are not just beating the teams they are supposed to beat. They are dominating with defense turning into easy baskets in transition. This has been their calling card during the run. It’s their calling card now.  All the Warriors can do is control what they control, play the schedule they’ve been given. And they’ve done that to the tune of 18 wins in 20 games.

Poole’s Development

Curry playing at an MVP level and Draymond Green defending at a DPOY level plus adding auxiliary scoring isn’t surprising. The surprise has been the emergence of Jordan Poole. Last season, Poole had stints in the G-League and in that time, he gained confidence and figured it out in terms of his decision-making. He took those lessons, put in the work during the offseason and turned himself into a player who can create his own shot and score in the paint as well as along the perimeter. A secondary scorer is something that has been missing during the run. When Thompson returns to the lineup, Poole will be the sixth man with more of a green light on the second unit.

 

 

 

 

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