PLATELL’S PEOPLE: Why the balloon has burst for Brand Beckham

Ahead of Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz’s three-day, £3.5 million wedding in April, eyebrows were raised when the bride apparently declined one of her future mother-in-law’s creations for the big day.

Many people, myself included, thought it looked like a cruel snub to Victoria Beckham. But now Nicola declares in a magazine interview she did ask Victoria to make her gown, and it was Vic who let her down.

‘I was planning on wearing Victoria’s wedding dress and truly excited to be able to wear a design my future mother-in-law created,’ she said.

Ahead of Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz’s three-day, £3.5 million wedding in April, eyebrows were raised when the bride apparently declined one of her future mother-in-law’s creations for the big day

Then days went by, she added, and she heard nothing — until a call came through saying Vic’s studio couldn’t manage it. Even though it was making VB frocks for herself, her besties Eva Longoria, Nadia Ferreira, Zanna Roberts Rassi and her mother.

The situation left Nicola in tears. Brooklyn said his wife was his ‘number one priority’ and they’d ‘have each other’s back’s 100 per cent’.

Which may all sound trivial, but it goes to the heart of what seems to be an ugly rift between the Beckhams and the billionaire Peltzes, who reportedly regard their in-laws as social-climbing, social-media celebrities.

Victoria is said to be seething over the interview, but don’t the Peltzes actually have a point?

Victoria is said to be seething over the interview, but don’t the Peltzes actually have a point?

Victoria is said to be seething over the interview, but don’t the Peltzes actually have a point? Yes, David Beckham was praised after queuing to see the Queen lying in state. However, to some, his image has not been enhanced by his involvement with the Qatar World Cup.

Having accepted a £10 million deal to be ambassador for the games in a country with an appalling human rights record, especially against women and the LGBT community, we now learn Beckham is to star in TV and print ads for World Cup sponsors Doritos.

There are also concerns around the VB fashion empire, which claimed furlough for workers during Covid.

A former football hero who’s sold his soul to Qatar, a failing fashion business — in August it had debts of £54 million — and now a spat with the US in-laws.

Which leaves you wondering if the balloon has finally burst for Brand Beckham?

A Depp Distrust

Fresh from his last legal wrangle with ex-wife Amber Heard, Hollywood heart-throb Johnny Depp is now loved up with a British lawyer he met during a previous case involving Amber and The Sun newspaper.

Fresh from his last legal wrangle with ex-wife Amber Heard, Hollywood heart-throb Johnny Depp is now loved up with British lawyer Joelle Rich

Fresh from his last legal wrangle with ex-wife Amber Heard, Hollywood heart-throb Johnny Depp is now loved up with British lawyer Joelle Rich

US Weekly reports that his ‘chemistry’ with Joelle Rich ‘is off the charts’.

Indeed, just as it was when he met Heard on the set of The Rum Diary.

And Kate Moss before he dumped her — then Vanessa Paradis — all of them left heartbroken.

By George he’s a frugal chap

Sad news that my exemplary neighbour Boy George is selling his magnificent £17 million Gothic mansion overlooking Hampstead Heath after 40 years.

Unlike that other pop star and former local resident George Michael he was never any trouble, never crashed his car into walls.

Sad news that my exemplary neighbour Boy George is selling his magnificent £17 million Gothic mansion overlooking Hampstead Heath after 40 years

Sad news that my exemplary neighbour Boy George is selling his magnificent £17 million Gothic mansion overlooking Hampstead Heath after 40 years

And, according to local minicab drivers, he was so frugal he’d get a taxi — well, he was a pop star — to nearby Camden market to do his weekly shop as the fruit and veg there was cheaper.

Cha-cha-cheer Ellie!

Strictly is back with its usual formula of leading ladies.

Loose Women’s Kaye Adams, 59, the older woman; Fleur East, the hot young reality TV star; Countryfile’s Helen Skelton, the sad one, dumped by her husband; comedian Jayde Adams, the larger lady; and Paralympic champion swimmer Ellie Simmonds, at 4ft the most diminutive person to ever appear.

Millions will be cheering Ellie Simmonds, as we did every time she entered the Paralympic pool

Millions will be cheering Ellie Simmonds, as we did every time she entered the Paralympic pool

Even Ellie admits she has no idea how to dance with her partner: ‘How am I going to hold him, how are we going to work it out? It is the unknown.’

What we do know is millions will be cheering you Ellie, as we did every time you entered the Paralympic pool.

Westminster Wars

  • Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s commitment to stimulate growth with the biggest tax cuts since the Eighties was music to the ears of millions of hard-working families. They have been hammered by the biggest tax increases for more than 50 years under PM Boris Johnson’s so-called Tory government. Long may Liz reign over us — and rain on Boris’s high-tax parade.
Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s commitment to stimulate growth with the biggest tax cuts since the Eighties was music to the ears of millions of hard-working families

Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s commitment to stimulate growth with the biggest tax cuts since the Eighties was music to the ears of millions of hard-working families

Suella Braverman, who campaigned to become leader of the Conservatives, has vowed: ‘No boats crossing the Channel.’

Suella Braverman, who campaigned to become leader of the Conservatives, has vowed: ‘No boats crossing the Channel.’

  • Suella Braverman, who campaigned to become leader of the Conservatives, has vowed: ‘No boats crossing the Channel.’ Good luck with that to the new Home Secretary after a record 30,000 migrants arrived this year alone — with hotel bills for illegal migrants now up to £1.3 billion a year.
  • Culture secretary Michelle Donelan hints at a U-turn on the £1 billion sale of Channel 4. Surely she’s not a fan of the station that brought us Naked Attraction, Boobs, First Dates and Married At First Sight UK?
  • An NHS adviser tells us that Britain has lost the war on obesity, because doctors ignore overweight patients. Something new Health Secretary Therese Coffey should tackle on a number of levels.
  • The latest news for those like me who fear dementia (my Mum had Alzheimer’s) is that bad dreams in middle age is an early warning sign. So are my occasional nightmares of being chased naked by my ex across a wobbly wooden bridge over a deep ravine with hell’s fires licking at my feet a sign of cognitive decline — or just the vindaloo I ate that evening?
  • The Princess of Wales said five rainbows over Balmoral after Her Majesty’s death was her saying ‘she was looking down on us’. No rainbows in a blue Aussie sky on the morning of my parents’ double funeral — just two kookaburras laughing outside my bedroom at 2am. Their way of saying they’d always be looking down over me.
Surely it’s time to cut This Morning’s Holly Willoughby some slack over Queuegate

Surely it’s time to cut This Morning’s Holly Willoughby some slack over Queuegate

  • Surely it’s time to cut This Morning’s Holly Willoughby some slack over Queuegate. As a journalist she was given priority access to attend the Queen’s lying-in-state. I’d probably have done the same. The happily married mother of three kids is working full-time, rarely unkind and endlessly cheerful most mornings in an otherwise gloomy world. I hate to see the way social media attacks her, while leaving her less-than saintly co-presenter Phillip Schofield relatively unscathed. The last thing the Queen would have wanted is the castigation of Holly simply because she was trying to honour Her Maj’s memory.

Pitt marriage was art ache

Brad Pitt’s first sculpture exhibition is described by one critic as having a ‘Sunday-carpenter, knocked-up-in-the-shed, charm’.

The actor said of his work: ‘It was born out of ownership of a radical inventory of self’, about ‘self-reflection, about where it went wrong in my relationships, where I have been complicit’.

Brad Pitt’s first sculpture exhibition is described by one critic as having a ‘Sunday-carpenter, knocked-up-in-the-shed, charm’

Brad Pitt’s first sculpture exhibition is described by one critic as having a ‘Sunday-carpenter, knocked-up-in-the-shed, charm’

Oh dear, his main sculpture is a mural of a messy gun fight depicting violence and pain — a bit like his marriage to Angelina Jolie.

Good news for disgraced Prince Andrew and his cling-on ex Fergie who’ll retain their 31- bed, £30million Windsor mansion ‘for the moment’.

But what I can’t understand is why she was at the Queen’s funeral when Anne’s ex Captain Mark Phillips wasn’t.

Yes, she’s mother to Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie — but the captain is father of the Princess Royal’s Peter and Zara.




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