SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Ambitious Prince Andrew to grease the wheels for China’s go-getters

SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Ambitious Prince Andrew to grease the wheels for China’s go-getters

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Prince Andrew is keen to show belief in Chinese business

Prince Andrew is keen to show belief in Chinese business

Prince Andrew is keen to show belief in Chinese business

Security concerns have engulfed Chinese technology giant Huawei to such an extent that Prince Charles’s charity refused to accept any new donations from the firm.

His younger brother Prince Andrew, however, is keen to show he still believes in Chinese business.

I learn that the Duke of York is to visit the far-flung cities of Beijing and Shenzhen and the province of Fujian — a round trip of nearly 3,000 miles — next week to host a beano for his Pitch@Palace project.

At the bash, budding Chinese entrepreneurs will try to win financial backing for their business schemes. ‘It’s an interesting strategy to shun the Chinese on one hand, then court them on the other,’ remarks one royal watcher.

Prince Andrew, who stepped down as overseas trade envoy in 2011 after a string of controversies, has spent years trying to improve relations with the Communist regime and has visited China several times.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman tells me: ‘HRH has been a regular visitor to China since his first visit in April 2004 and continues to help further the relationship between the two countries since President Xi’s state visit to the UK in 2015.’

Other members of the Royal Family have not been afraid to offend Chinese sensibilities.

Prince Philip has called Beijing ‘ghastly’ and Prince Charles once described the Chinese leadership as ‘appalling old waxworks’.

In January, Charles’s charity the Prince’s Trust refused to accept any new donations from Huawei. It had received £490,000 from the company since 2007.

Huawei is a major supplier of broadband products and mobile networks in Britain.

But it has come under scrutiny amid warnings that its technology poses spying risks.

Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s finance boss and daughter of its founder, was arrested in Canada before Christmas at the U.S.’s request over alleged violations of sanctions on Iran. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has voiced ‘very deep concerns’ over Huawei’s involvement in the UK rollout of a 5G telecoms network.

Assisi Jackson, daughter of Jade Jagger, gives birth to her second child

Assisi Jackson, daughter of Jade Jagger, gives birth to her second child

Assisi Jackson, daughter of Jade Jagger, gives birth to her second child

Sir Mick Jagger has been forced to postpone his U.S. tour with the Rolling Stones in order to undergo heart surgery — but it’s not all doom and gloom.

The 75-year-old father of eight is quietly celebrating the arrival of his second great-grandchild, as Assisi Jackson, 26, has given birth to her second daughter, Romy Pearl Ciara.

The London-based homeopath, pictured right with mum Jade Jagger, posted this picture online of her newborn (above). She made Sir Mick a great-grandfather when she and her partner, chef Alex Key, welcomed Ezra in May 2012.

Jade Jagger (left) and Assisi Jackson at the 10th anniversary of Mortons in Berkeley Square Gardens, London, on October 2, 2014

Jade Jagger (left) and Assisi Jackson at the 10th anniversary of Mortons in Berkeley Square Gardens, London, on October 2, 2014

Jade Jagger (left) and Assisi Jackson at the 10th anniversary of Mortons in Berkeley Square Gardens, London, on October 2, 2014

When model Lily Cole is not on the catwalk, she is busy saving the Amazon rainforest. 

Visting Brazil this week, the 31-year-old Cambridge graduate decorated her face with Yawanawa tribal paint made from local seeds and plant dye.

Sharing this snap online, she writes: ‘I had the privilege to spend time with the Yawanawa indigenous tribe, who I’ve known for nearly five years. It was incredible.

‘There is so much to learn from indigenous communities around the world about where we came from, where we can go to and how we can live.’

Lily Cole, the 31-year-old Cambridge graduate, decorates her face with Yawanawa tribal paint made from local seeds and plant dye in Brazil this week

Lily Cole, the 31-year-old Cambridge graduate, decorates her face with Yawanawa tribal paint made from local seeds and plant dye in Brazil this week

Lily Cole, the 31-year-old Cambridge graduate, decorates her face with Yawanawa tribal paint made from local seeds and plant dye in Brazil this week

Miranda Kerr shares her 'mum bod' yesterday

Miranda Kerr shares her 'mum bod' yesterday

Miranda Kerr shares her ‘mum bod’ yesterday

Pregnant lingerie model Miranda Kerr may have looked catwalk-ready at a party in London yesterday, but the 35-year-old insists she has a ‘mum-bod’ underneath her clothes.

Miranda, who has a seven-year-old son with ex-husband Orlando Bloom, and a ten-month-old son with Snapchat CEO husband Evan Spiegel, sported a little black dress three days after announcing that she and Evan, 28, are expanding their brood.

‘I’ve got a mum-bod and it’s fine!’ she recently said. ‘It’s really important as women that we’re gentle with ourselves and don’t feel like we have to snap back into shape after a baby.’ 

Statuesque Jade Parfitt, 40, is finding it hard to find her feet in the modelling world since she started a family. 

‘I do wish my phone would ring with more jobs, but it does all change once you become a mother,’ she tells me at the Maria Kastani party at Momo in Mayfair. 

‘I’m always being criticised for being too tall, too fat, too thin and too pale. I’ve realised it’s more about being myself and hopefully the work that I do get is interesting.’

Prince Harry’s TV presenter chum Natalie Pinkham saved the day when ex-Tory minister Michael Mates bid £10,000 in a charity auction for a holiday he ended up not wanting.

‘There was no way I was going round India on a bus with 36 people,’ said Mates, speaking at a champagne reception in London for Hope and Homes for Children, of which Pinkham is patron. 

Mates’s wife Christine explained: ‘It wasn’t really suitable, so we got on the phone to Natalie, who sorted us out a couple of city river cruises.’

At least Mates spared himself the indignity of bidding for lunch with Tory peer Lord Jopling. ‘I’m certainly not bidding for that,’ said Mates.

‘He is a friend and I’ve had tea with him several times. So I wouldn’t pay £5 to have lunch with him.’

Sir Roger Bannister, who died last year aged 88, will be forever revered for becoming the first man to break the four-minute mile back in 1954. 

But he memorably said that was ‘the shadow of my being, not the substance’ and donated half the royalties from his book, The First Four Minutes, to the Amateur Athletic Association. 

Thereafter, he devoted himself to his medical work as a neurologist, which explains why in his will, just published, he left the comparatively modest sum of £1 million.

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