SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Marital bliss at last for Lord Snowdon's ex-lover
- Melanie Cable-Alexander, 52, had a year-long affair with Lord Snowdon
- She married Martin Redwood, 62, last weekend in 'moving ceremony'
- Her son with Lord Snowdon, Jasper, sang and handed out red roses
Newlyweds: Melanie Cable-Alexander, 52, has married Martin Redwood, 62, pictured together
After journalist Melanie Cable-Alexander gave birth to the Earl of Snowdon's son, Jasper, her situation became so difficult that she was forced to appeal through the pages of Hello! for child support.
Now, the 52-year-old, who had a year-long affair with Lord Snowdon, 85, while the celebrated photographer was married to his second wife, TV producer Lucy Lindsay-Hogg, has found herself in a much happier position.
For Melanie has got married, to Martin Redwood, 62, the co-owner of garden folly maker Redwood Stone. The couple, who have been courting for two years, tied the knot last weekend after Redwood recovered from cancer.
'It was a very moving ceremony, with only close friends and family present,' Melanie tells me. 'Jasper sang at the wedding and handed out red roses.'
Snowdon, whose first wife was the Queen's sister, Princess Margaret, developed a relationship with Jasper after Melanie's dramatic appeal in Hello! and later agreed to pay his school fees.
Now 17, he seems to have inherited Snowdon's skills. 'Jasper still sees Tony and shares his love of film and photography,' says his mother.
'He is a very talented photographer and was recently shortlisted for a prize. Everyone says it's from Tony, which really annoys me, as he's my son as well. They've developed a really touching relationship.'
Jasper is the fifth child of Snowdon, who was known as Antony Armstrong-Jones until the Queen awarded him a hereditary earldom. He had two children with Margaret — Viscount Linley, who is a year older than Melanie, and Lady Sarah Chatto, 51.
With Lindsay-Hogg, he had a daughter, Lady Frances von Hofmannsthal, 36.
It was disclosed in 2004 that Snowdon had fathered a daughter shortly before marrying Princess Margaret. Polly Fry was brought up as a daughter of inventor Jeremy Fry and his first wife Camilla.
Polly stated that a DNA test proved Snowdon's paternity, but he denied having taken a test. However, four years later, he admitted it was true.
Melanie's new husband is not the only one who has recovered from a health scare. 'I was seriously injured falling down the stairs,' she says. 'I was wearing flared trousers and tripped over. I was almost killed.'
Former Tory Chief Whip George Young is plotting an awkward dilemma for any Left-wing friends who attend his memorial service.
Young — once known as the Bicycling Baronet — has written a book about his time as an MP, entitled I'm Keeping Young.
It includes a description of how he had to represent the Government at the funeral of veteran socialist Tony Benn.
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At the end of the service, to his horror, blue-blooded Sir George found the congregation had to sing that most revolutionary of anthems, The Red Flag. 'My blood froze,' he recalls. 'It was like inviting an Arsenal fan to sing Come On You Spurs.'
He did his duty and murmured his way through the song, but, he says: 'My revenge will be sweet. I hope many comrades from the People's Party will attend my memorial service when the time comes.
'On the final page of the service sheet will be the Eton Boating Song. I expect the Brothers to join in. I am only sorry I won't be there to see the spectacle.'
How BBC snubbed Sewell
Outspoken art critic Brian Sewell, whose memorial service was held yesterday in Piccadilly, has been outed as a secret financial backer of London's leading 'underground' art magazine The Jackdaw, which campaigns against the modern art Establishment.
In the latest edition, editor David Lee discloses that, when he started the publication, he was close to going under when Sewell sent him a £10,000 cheque.
Lee calls it a 'staggering act of generosity'. It took 13 years to pay back, but Sewell refused any interest, saying 'my failings are many, but they do not include usury'.
Lee says the BBC ignored Sewell's insistence that traditional art values were being trashed. 'Radio 4 never once asked him to appear in a review role on either of its main art programmes .
'What a surprise that not six hours after his last difficult breath, his death made the main BBC news, where he was lauded as an influential leading critic . . . Why did they so rarely use him?'
From burka to bikini, Gisele suddenly looking so swell...
There are not many supermodels who can switch from a burka to a bikini, but 'Boobs from Brazil' Gisele Bundchen, 35, appears to be an exception.
She was spotted in a tiny floral two-piece for the first time since allegedly covering herself head to toe. She is said to have worn the burka to disguise her identity during a secret visit in July to a Paris clinic, where, apparently, she had plastic surgery costing around £7,000.
Gisele, who looked as if she was fuller on top as she frolicked on the beach in the Bahamas, was once asked if she had ever considered surgery. 'No way,' she replied.
Fashions do change, I suppose.
Suffragette, the new film starring Carey Mulligan, was the first to be granted permission to shoot in the House of Commons. But despite the £10,000-a-day that can be earned hiring out the premises, MPs don't seem so keen. New figures show £47,250 was raised from commercial filming at Westminster in the year to September 2014, including the income from Suffragette. The past year has seen only a modest increase to £60,203. Surely more lucrative would be a reality show featuring the Speaker's thirsty wife, Sally Bercow?
Suki and her sis still play dress up
Her model looks are usually confined to posters for leading fashion brands such as Burberry, but blonde Brit Suki Waterhouse has proved that, despite her 23 years, she still enjoys playing dress-up with her sister.
Their wacky wardrobe choices may come as a surprise, as Immy, 20, is also a model and recently joined her sister to front the new Tommy Hilfiger campaign.
Suki, who once dated actor Bradley Cooper, posted this photo online of the duo — Suki's outfit was complete with knee-length sparkly pink boots, a thigh-skimming skirt and neon bra.
Immy was only slightly more dignified in crotchless chaps.
Dress up: Suki posted this photo online — Suki's outfit was complete with knee-length sparkly pink boots, a thigh-skimming skirt and neon bra. Immy was only slightly more dignified in crotchless chaps
Tennis-loving Speaker John Bercow recently received free tickets to the U.S. Open worth £325. At least we weren't footing the bill for the opulent transatlantic jolly.
His latest expense chits reveal he was flown business-class to New York by the Inter-Parliamentary Union for a conference and put up by them for four nights in the One UN hotel, a luxury skyscraper favoured by political dignitaries, where rooms start at £200 a night. No word on how much this freebie cost, since Bercow is not obliged to say when they are not met from public funds.
Karlie's head and shoulders above Anna
She may walk tall in the fashion world, but American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour had to play second fiddle to Victoria's Secret model Karlie Kloss at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards in New York.
At 6 ft 1 in, Kloss, 23, rubbed in the height difference in strappy high heels, which made her tower above Wintour, who turned 66 yesterday.
Kloss is not your typical clothes-horse: she has a passion for computer science. 'I started coding classes and realised how creative it truly is,' says Karlie, who speaks three languages, including Ruby, a coding dialect.
'We take coding for granted, but it's our future and probably the most important language to learn right now.' So much for the language of fashion.
At 6 ft 1 in, Kloss, 23, wore strappy high heels, which made her tower above Wintour, who turned 66 yesterday
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