Neighbors of multimillionaire Ben Goldsmith have long suspected he was responsible for the sudden appearance of wild boars in his fashionable corner of the West Country.
Goldsmith has shaken things up since he decided to ‘rewild’ his £3.8million estate in the deepest Somerset, drawing beavers, boars and deer into the sleepy, rolling countryside – and as I revealed earlier this year, he bought recently a few feral cats.
While the wildlife activist and financier vehemently denies ever releasing wild boars and insists they are content to trample his grounds, I can reveal that he has bred a number of feral pigs.
He plans to hand them out to his friends who are “wilding” their estates.
Ben Goldsmith has shaken things up since he decided to ‘rewild’ his £3.8million estate in deepest Somerset and raised a number of feral pigs
Neighbors of multi-millionaire Ben Goldsmith have long suspected he was responsible for the sudden appearance of wild boars in his fashionable corner of the West Country
Goldsmith, 40, admits he recently welcomed a litter of ‘suspiciously striped’ piglets into his menagerie.
“I use Tamworth pigs on my property to uproot the soil and promote the growth of wild plants.
“Looks like a wild boar sneaked into the pen where I keep my Tamworths and hit the sow!”
However, the family seems quite happy. “I’m not sure her partner knows he’s been cheated on!” Goldsmith jokes.
He says the ‘illegal partnership’ was a ‘lucky accident’ and hopes to give the piglets to his estate friends, adding: ‘I can give these to people who want to do the same things with their land as I do. They are very sweet.’
Goldsmith, 40, admits he recently welcomed a litter of ‘suspiciously striped’ piglets into his menagerie and plans to give them to his friends who want to ‘rewild’ their estates
His ‘rewilded’ estate has attracted beavers, boars and deer (photo: escaped deer), but the wildlife activist denies ever releasing boars
This newspaper recently revealed that the son of the late billionaire James Goldsmith was accused of releasing a boar after sending a text message recalling an incident where “some of my wild boars got loose and as much as I tried I couldn’t get them back.” ‘.
However, he explained that he would never release these animals – a crime that carries a prison term of up to two years – and says he mistyped the words “wild boar” when he really wanted to type “pigs” because “I must have during driving on my phone was typing’.
While Goldsmith may be as happy as a pig in the mud about the new additions to his farm, I wonder what his neighbors will think?
WHY MAMA MIA MAESTRO IS NOW THE NEW QUEEN OF POP
Mama Mia! Judy Craymer, creator of the hit musical, has become the most powerful woman in pop and is in charge of artists such as Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber.
I can reveal that she has been crowned director of Universal Music Group – whose catalog includes the Beatles and of course ABBA.
It’s been a whirlwind for 64-year-old Craymer, who has grown in twenty years from a relatively unknown theater producer to leading the careers of the world’s most famous pop musicians.
Judy Craymer (pictured in 2018), creator of the hit musical Mamma Mia, has become the most powerful woman in pop, leading artists such as Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber
She was on the 2007 Queen’s Birthday Honors list and was honored with an MBE for her contribution to the music industry. What a super proud!
It’s a dog’s life for Sir Edward Leigh, who has been asked to control his feisty gundog after he wreaked havoc in Hyde Park.
The Tory grandee, 71, goes for an invigorating dip in the icy waters of the Serpentine every morning – and lets Monty run amok while he does.
‘Sir Edward has been advised by the swim club to keep his dog under control,’ says my husband with a snorkel.
“He glides serenely around the pond while his dog howls to scare the geese!”
SPOTTED: GEORGIA MAY IS A PRINTS FAN FOR JADE’S 50TH
While Sir Mick Jagger tirelessly tours the US with the Rolling Stones, his sun-seeking daughter Georgia May is having a much more relaxed time in the Caribbean.
The Chanel model, 29, whose mother is Texan bombshell Jerry Hall, is in Mustique, where Mick, 78, owns a luxury home that rents for £21,500 a week.
While Sir Mick Jagger tirelessly tours the US with the Rolling Stones, his sun-seeking daughter Georgia May (pictured) is having a much more relaxed time in the Caribbean
Georgia is there to celebrate the 50th birthday of her half-sister Jade (pictured in October 2017), whose mother is Mick’s first wife, activist Bianca Jagger
It’s by no means your run-of-the-mill island getaway, though: she’s there to celebrate the 50th birthday of her half-sister Jade, whose mother is Mick’s first wife, activist Bianca Jagger.
“A week in paradise celebrating Jade,” says Georgia, who wasn’t afraid to make friends green with envy when she shared a photo of herself on the beach in matching leopard-print bikini bottoms with designer Tommy’s daughter Ally Hilfiger.
Lady Antonia Fraser believes future historians will judge Margaret Thatcher’s treatment as ‘sexist’. The 89-year-old author has had to deal with sexism herself.
She tells me: ‘A prominent male historian once asked why ‘a nice middle-class lady’ had written a book about Oliver Cromwell. I replied, “I’m not nice, and I’m not middle class – but I’m a lady!”
First he opened a champagne bar in London, now Luther actor Idris Elba seems to be getting dressed.
I can tell that the smartly dressed entrepreneur, 49, has trademarked the word “Coupledom,” the name of a podcast he hosts with his wife Sabrina. The trademark covers all clothing types.
Maybe one day I can drink Idris champagne while wearing an Elba blazer…
LADY LIZA CUTTING AT SELFIE SET
If Lady Liza Campbell follows you on Instagram – don’t post a selfie!
The celebrated performer, 62, says she has had to remove some of her celebrity friends from social media because of the “narcissistic” trend.
Lady Liza Campbell, 62, (pictured with Bill Nighy) says she’s had to remove some of her famous friends from social media because of the ‘narcissistic’ trend of posting selfies
“I like sharing pictures, but it really brings out the narcissists, doesn’t it? I had to remove a few!’ Lady Liza tells me at the opening of her exhibition Life’s Too Short To Live In Black And White at Fitzrovia Gallery, attended by actor Bill Nighy, left.
“You realize how many people just want to use it to show pictures of themselves.”
Princess Diana may have trusted her royal seamstress more than anyone when it came to creating her iconic dresses.
Now I can reveal that Chelsea Walker & Co. Catherine Walker & Co enlisted Timothy Gordon to appreciate their stash of her famous dresses.
Timothy, who valued Diana’s dress collection at Kensington Palace in 2009, says: ‘I was hired to appraise a magical collection of the princess’ dresses,’ adding that he was ‘excited’ to do so.
Perhaps the collection is for sale? In 2019, a dress Diana wore to dance with John Travolta was sold at the White House for £264,000.