EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: The company of Sussex fan and royal biographer Omid Scobie slips £17,000 into the red

Cheerleading for Prince Harry and Meghan doesn’t seem to be very lucrative.

Facing action to shut down his publishing business, royal biographer Omid Scobie has filed financial details for three years in a row – and they’re no fun to read.

Despite all the hype surrounding her flattering book about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their decision to quit royal duties, Finding Freedom, it turns out Scobie’s business is in the red. The company, MeYou Ltd, has faced ‘mandatory debarment’ after Scobie, 40, failed to provide legally required financial information since 2019.

At the end of last week he filed three sets of accounts in one go – and the latest shows a deficit of £17,000.

While her hagiographic book went into detail about Harry’s romance with the former American actress, her company’s accounts for 2021 include just two pages, only one of which contains numbers.

They bring in just £4,000 in assets and £20,000 bills to pay within the year. Its capital and reserve shortfall is an increase from the £15,840 reported for 2020. While in the 2019 accounts it was £2,607 in the black.

Facing action to shut down his publishing business, royal biographer Omid Scobie has filed financial details for three years in a row – and they’re no fun to read

Failure to provide financial details would have resulted in a £1,500 fine for accounts overdue by more than six months, according to Companies House. If a company is deregistered, all of its assets can be seized by the government.

A former writer for the celebrity gossip magazine Heat, Scobie is not a man of details. In August 2020, he told The Times that he had “just turned 33”. Then he said he was 38. Companies House said he was born in July 1981, making him 39 at the time.

Scobie, royal editor of the US website Harper’s Bazaar, was among those who criticized the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Caribbean tour last month, pointing to alleged PR moments that smack of ‘colonialism’ , such as cropped footage of the Couple waving to fans through a fence in Trench Town, Jamaica.

Scobie could not be reached for comment.

Dad Bernie, 91, puts his boy behind the wheel

When you are a dad at 91, you have no time to waste.

And Formula 1 tycoon Bernie Ecclestone has put his son, Ace, behind the wheel of a racing car, even though he’s just one year old.

Formula 1 tycoon Bernie Ecclestone put his son, Ace, behind the wheel of a racing car, even though the boy is just one year old

Formula 1 tycoon Bernie Ecclestone put his son, Ace, behind the wheel of a racing car, even though the boy is just one year old

“Ace’s first racing car experience,” says his mother, Fabiana, 44, who is the billionaire’s third wife. The toddler is pictured wearing ear defenders at the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo, in his mother’s native Brazil.

She was elected vice-president of the FIA ​​last year.

This led the motorsport organization’s new president, Mohammed bin Sulayem, to insist that Bernie was not involved behind the scenes.

Whoops! Mary Beard’s brush with a porn site

It is not just Tory MPs who unwittingly end up watching pornography online. Even BBC Arts presenter Dame Mary Beard admits she was caught off guard.

While Neil Parish was looking for tractors, Professor Beard was looking for works by the 16th century Venetian painter Titian.

“It’s not meant to support Mr Parish,” says the 67-year-old Cambridge classicist. “But I ended up on a porn site after researching Titian’s portraits of Caesar. A shock and I left immediately.

Sir Michael back on his feet after op

His The epic Mini Cooper chase in 1960s classic The Italian Job is revered as one of the greatest movie car scenes, but these days Sir Michael Caine uses a different set of wheels.

The two-time Oscar winner, 89, uses a wheeled walker as he recovers from major back surgery.

In March, his wife, Shakira, told me, “He had back surgery just recently. He had spinal stenosis.

Two-time Oscar winner Sir Michael Caine, 89, uses a wheeled walker as he recovers from major back surgery

Two-time Oscar winner Sir Michael Caine, 89, uses a wheeled walker as he recovers from major back surgery

The former Guyanese model, 75, added: “He’s great. He’s recovering. He’s a strong man.

It’s a lion, actually. The operation was fantastic. He will be up and dancing again soon.

The Zulu star, who had used a cane in public appearances since breaking his ankle in a bad fall on the ice in 2018, said earlier this year: “I have a problem with spine affecting my leg, so I can’t walk very well.’

Anthea’s Tributes to Mom

by Anthea Turner his mother, Jean, did not live long enough to see the TV presenter remarry socialite fiancé Mark Armstrong.

Yesterday, Anthéa mourned Jean, who died of pneumonia at the age of 91.

“When I was much younger I would have railed against it, but I am my mother’s daughter and on reflection I tick off a long list of thanks for the lessons she taught me,” says the 61-year-old. “They start with the basic manners; table etiquette was one of his priorities; then skills – I’m not sure I would have passed my Blue Peter audition if she hadn’t made me handy with scissors and glue.

Jean was saddened by Anthea’s falling out with her sister, Wendy, another well-known presenter for Channel 4’s Pet Rescue.

Wendy said in 2018 that she cut all ties with her older sister after an argument over the money she owed her.

Want to sleep with Robbie Williams? The pop star is releasing her own line of pajamas. They will be created in collaboration with Australian fashion designer Camilla Franks. “It’s really, really comfortable and you feel really, really glamorous,” the singer says of the set of jim-jams. “It’s like wearing a stage outfit, but it’s pajamas. It’s a unique niche. With Take That, Williams once sang Why Can’t I Wake Up With You…

Pinkham possy takes the runway

Prince Harry was pictured sporting a cowboy hat at a rodeo in Texas earlier this year. Now her old friend Natalie Pinkham can’t wait to get in the saddle.

The Sky Sports presenter, 44, who once endured the indignity of being glued to a newspaper in a boisterous embrace with Harry, attended a cowboy-themed fancy dress party over the weekend.

“Yeehaw,” said Pinkham, who brandished a toy gun in a ruffled polka-dot bustier, leather jacket and cowboy hat. Her TV executive husband, Owain Walbyoff, 39, also donned Western-style gear.

Sky Sports presenter Natalie Pinkham, 44, who once endured the indignity of being glued to a newspaper in a loud embrace with Harry, attended a cowboy-themed fancy dress party over the weekend .

Sky Sports presenter Natalie Pinkham, 44, who once endured the indignity of being glued to a newspaper in a loud embrace with Harry, attended a cowboy-themed fancy dress party over the weekend .

She’s the protege of fiery cook Gordon Ramsay, but Angela Hartnett has a far scarier critic: her own mother.

“She has her moments, that’s for sure,” the Michelin-starred chef, 53, says of Giuliana, a former table lady and nanny whose parents emigrated from Italy to Wales.

“If something is wrong, she lets me know. And in the past, I’ve done things and she said, “No, that’s not right,” and she threw them in the trash.

“I would be more nervous cooking for my mother than for Gordon.”

Liam Neeson admits reports that he fell in love with a mystery woman while filming in Australia was the result of a joke he tried to pull off based on the title of one of his movies: Taken. “They were bitches,” admits Neeson, who turns 70 next month. “I said, ‘I fell in love, but she was taken. It’s a joke.’ The star says he still mourns his wife, actress Natasha Richardson, who died in a skiing accident in 2009 aged 45.

She’s the protege of fiery cook Gordon Ramsay, but Angela Hartnett has a far scarier critic: her own mother.

“She has her moments, that’s for sure,” the Michelin-starred chef, 53, says of Giuliana, a former table lady and nanny whose parents emigrated from Italy to Wales.

“If something is wrong, she lets me know. And in the past, I’ve done things and she said, “No, that’s not right,” and she threw them in the trash.

“I would be more nervous cooking for my mother than for Gordon.”

Laura J. Boyer