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EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Lofty profits for 6ft 7in Office comic Stephen Merchant 


Stephen Merchant, who once expressed regret at not having written more episodes of The Office with Ricky Gervais because he’d have ‘three Bentleys by now’, should be able to afford his own fleet.

I can reveal that the comedian made a profit of £4.3 million last year at the business through which he channels his earnings, SJJM.

The 6ft 7in star, 47, who towers over his 5ft 6in American model and actress girlfriend Mircea Monroe, 40, has accumulated profits held in SJJM of £22.6 million.

Stephen Merchant, 47, who at 6ft 7in towers over his 5ft 6in American model and actress girlfriend Mircea Monroe, 40, has accumulated profits held in SJJM of £22.6 million

Stephen Merchant, 47, who at 6ft 7in towers over his 5ft 6in American model and actress girlfriend Mircea Monroe, 40, has accumulated profits held in SJJM of £22.6 million

Merchant once expressed regret at not having written more episodes of The Office with Ricky Gervais because he’d have ‘three Bentleys by now’, should be able to afford his own fleet

Merchant once expressed regret at not having written more episodes of The Office with Ricky Gervais because he’d have ‘three Bentleys by now’, should be able to afford his own fleet

Now Sussexes are snubbed in royal website pecking order 

Prince Harry and Meghan are said to be eagerly waiting for King Charles to issue letters patent, confirming their children can be called Prince and Princess.

In the meantime, the notoriously sensitive California-based couple must cope with another snub.

I learn that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were demoted on the official royal website on Monday.

They are still included in the ‘Members of The Royal Family’ section, but have been moved below King Charles’s first cousins once removed. To add insult to injury, there is now only one member of the family below them — and that’s Prince Andrew, who stepped back from royal duties after the scandal over his links to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

I learn that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were demoted on the official royal website on Monday

I learn that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were demoted on the official royal website on Monday

‘I hope this doesn’t go down badly in Montecito,’ a royal source tells me. ‘The change has been made because the Duke and Duchess are no longer working royals, unlike those who now appear above them.’

The move follows the example set at Queen Elizabeth’s funeral last week, when Harry and Meghan were seated in the second row at Westminster Abbey. And, at the Platinum Jubilee service at St Paul’s Cathedral in June, the couple looked dismayed to discover they were seated behind the Queen’s cousins, the Dukes of Kent and Gloucester, even though Harry is still fifth in the line of succession.

In the ‘Members of The Royal Family’ section of the website, Harry now suffers the indignity of being placed below Princess Alexandra, a cousin of the Queen, who is 56th in the line of succession.

In the ‘Succession’ section, the Sussexes’ children are still listed as ‘Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor’ and ‘Miss Lilibet Mountbatten- Windsor’.

Since the Queen’s death, they are technically a prince and princess due to rules set out by George V in 1917.

In the Sussexes’ bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview, Meghan claimed that Archie was not made a prince because of his race — even though George V’s rules meant he was not entitled to be one until his grandfather was monarch.

A Palace source tells me the update has been made ‘to reflect the role played by working members of the Royal Family’.

You’ll need a change of gear to be 007, James! 

James Bond always manages to look stylish, no matter how unlikely the circumstances.

James Bond always manages to look stylish, no matter how unlikely the circumstances. The same cannot quite be said of James Norton

James Bond always manages to look stylish, no matter how unlikely the circumstances. The same cannot quite be said of James Norton

The same cannot quite be said of James Norton, who’s tipped to succeed Daniel Craig as the next 007.

The 37-year-old Grantchester and Happy Valley star looked a far cry from the sophisticated spy as he met fans during a leisurely cycle ride in Soho, London. Wearing a green T-shirt and jeans, which he rolled up to below his knees, Norton was recognised by two women, with whom he was happy to chat.

Earlier this year, I disclosed that the teachers’ son had proposed to actress Imogen Poots, 33, whom he first met when they appeared together in Belleville at the Donmar Warehouse in 2017.

The 37-year-old Grantchester and Happy Valley star looked a far cry from the sophisticated spy as he met fans during a leisurely cycle ride in Soho, London

The 37-year-old Grantchester and Happy Valley star looked a far cry from the sophisticated spy as he met fans during a leisurely cycle ride in Soho, London

Earlier this year, I disclosed that the teachers’ son had proposed to actress Imogen Poots, 33

Earlier this year, I disclosed that the teachers’ son had proposed to actress Imogen Poots, 33

Osborne aunt’s smashing tale 

She was aunt of former Chancellor George Osborne and wife of Antony Little, co-founder of wallpaper and fabrics company Osborne & Little.

But Jennifer Little, who has died aged 83, was closer in spirit to her late half-brother, the untamed — and untameable — casino and wildlife park owner John Aspinall.

Whereas Aspinall paraded a tiger around Belgravia, Jennifer installed ‘a black-brown, tree-climbing, ant-eating bear’ in her flat in Chelsea. But critics were ill advised to voice misgivings about the family. A young man, Jennifer recalled, ‘began making uncomplimentary comments about my mother, Lady Osborne, and my [half]-brother, John Aspinall. The nearest thing handy was [a] champagne bottle, so I let him have it.’

The bottle shattered against a table ‘after bouncing off his head’. Surprisingly, the young man recovered.

A birthday blast for Zeta-Jones

Fatal Attraction star Michael Douglas is determined to show that he’s still got plenty of puff.

He turned 78 on the same day that his Welsh wife, and fellow Hollywood star, Catherine Zeta-Jones, celebrated her 53rd birthday.

Fatal Attraction star Michael Douglas is determined to show that he’s still got plenty of puff

Fatal Attraction star Michael Douglas is determined to show that he’s still got plenty of puff

And, yesterday, Douglas shared with fans this photograph of the cake for the occasion.

It had candles with the number 25. That’s to mark the 25th of September, not the age difference between the couple.

  • His uncle, Prince Jefri, used to derive his pleasures by buying pretty well everything he saw — spending on average £300,000 a day on cars, women and essentials such as gold-plated loo brushes and ten jewel-encrusted watches depicting a couple copulating. But Prince Mateen of Brunei — one of the Sultan of Brunei’s sons by his second marriage — prefers to plunge out of planes. He’s just successfully passed Basic Parachute Course 1137 at RAF Brize Norton. Perhaps he’ll drop in on the 180ft yacht his uncle used to own — named T**s. Or on one of its tenders — christened, by Prince Jefri, Nipple 1 and Nipple 2.
  • Vanessa Feltz left guests at the Golden Chopsticks Awards with a nasty taste in their mouths. Presenting the prize for best restaurant in England, Feltz remarked: ‘Everyone always says, “If you want to find someone Jewish, go to a Chinese restaurant, because the Chinese have good food.” But here’s the question, do you ever see someone Chinese in a kosher restaurant? Why is that? I don’t know.’ One bemused guest at London’s Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square tells me: ‘You could hear a pin drop in the room. If it was a joke, no one found it amusing.’
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