The Duchess of York has watched the controversies surrounding her ex-husband, Prince Andrew, with increasing apprehension, but her sister has seen even more drama with the man in her life.
Jane Ferguson has revealed that she saw her longtime friend Ramin Marzbani “die” in front of her after suffering a catastrophic heart attack.
“He thought he ate too much pizza and it was just heartburn, but then he collapsed,” she says of the horrific events.
“He didn’t want to go to the hospital, but I took him there instead of calling an ambulance.
“Ten minutes later he had a heart attack and died right there on the table.”
Medical staff in the emergency department at Sydney St Vincent’s Hospital in Australia, where the couple live, brought Marzbani, 57, back to life before placing seven stents in his heart.
Duchess of York’s sister Jane Ferguson and businessman Ramin MarzbaniInstagram
Like Sarah, the twice-married Jane is the daughter of the late ‘Galloping Major’ Ronald Ferguson, Prince Charles’ polo manager, and his first wife, Susie.
She says she struggled to force entrepreneur Marzbani into a recovery period.
“Afterwards they asked how I could ever keep Ramin at home to recover, because he is a workaholic,” she says.
“Their best advice was to buy him a dog and take him on vacation.”
The sisters’ relationship had been frosty since Jane disputed Fergie’s claim that their late mother had “physically assaulted her.”
The Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson arrives in Sydney with her sister Jane and niece Heidi, pictured in 2003
However, Jane says that the Duchess is an admirer of Marzbani. ‘Oh yeah, [Sarah and Ramin] met and they got along like a house on fire,” said Jane, 64.
The whole family gathered three years ago for cousin Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding. Sarah calls Ramin ‘the headmaster’.
Why? Because his general knowledge is incredible. He’s like someone I’ve never really met and he brings out the best in me, that’s for sure.’
Julie Montagu has to be Britain’s most flexible aristocrat.
Here is the wife of Viscount Hinchingbrooke, heir to the 11th Earl of Sandwich, who performs a standing split yoga pose with one leg in the air.
Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that Julie manages to bring a smile to the camera.
“Planning even 15 minutes for yourself can give you more energy, but also make you feel calmer,” muses the American divorcee, 47, who starred on the reality series Ladies Of London.
Julie, a newly qualified yoga instructor, teaches virtual classes from her home, Mapperton House, in Dorset.
Julie Montagu must be Britain’s most flexible aristocrat
Garden guru Alan Titchmarsh claims that when he picked up his MBE from the Queen, she said to him, “You bring lots of ladies pleasure.”
But he could have been charming viewers of ITV’s biggest show. “I was offered this year that I’m a celebrity and I turned it down,” reveals Titch, who is a judge at the inaugural Isle of Wight Book Awards.
He tells me, “I like being on TV doing a chore or showing something rather than just picking up the fluff from my belly button. I’d probably like to find a patch of jungle and do some gardening.’
You’ll be shocked to learn that this sophisticated gentleman comes to watch the race with his wispy gray whiskers, thick-rimmed glasses, top hat and binoculars, actually Princess Diana’s bridesmaid India Hicks.
Who is this sophisticated gentleman who comes to watch the racing with his wispy gray whiskers, thick-rimmed glasses, top hat and binoculars?
You’ll be shocked to learn that it’s actually Princess Diana’s bridesmaid India Hicks.
The 54-year-old daughter of interior designer David Hicks and granddaughter of Burma’s 1st Earl Mountbatten dressed as an old man for a fundraiser near her home in the Bahamas.
“I just happened to win the best dressed man,” she boasts. “Maybe it was my father’s tie, maybe it was the wild horses I brought.”
The “wild horses” tied up young men with animal heads, including her son, Amory Flint Wood, 22.
When asked what her husband, David Flint Wood, thought of her new look, she giggles, “He’s not home!”
India Hicks, 54, was Princess Diana’s bridesmaid
Ancient Etonian explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes once chopped off two of his frozen fingers with a set of jigsaw blades to save himself a £6,000 surgery bill after a trip to the North Pole in 2000.
And he’s showing the same determination to stay in shape as he approaches his ninth decade. “Now, at age 77, I have to do squats and push-ups twice a day – 25 at a time.” he says.
How many toffs does it take to save a theater?
The Duchess of Beaufort and the Earl of Dudley have teamed up to prevent the Dudley Hippodrome, home to Ken Dodd, Bruce Forsyth and Tommy Cooper, from being demolished.
Local councilors voted to allow the site to be replaced by a university building, but cabinet minister Michael Gove has the power to invoke the plan for review.
“The theater building is an iconic part of Dudley’s rich history and heritage,” says the Earl, whose ancestor donated the land it was built on.
“It’s historically significant because of the number and quality of world-class artists who have performed there.”
Anti-capitalist Russell Brand, pictured with his wife, sister of TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher, Laura, could be swinging burgers together after setting up a company, Brand New Collective
Anti-capitalist Russell Brand invests some of his capital in a new company.
He and his wife, Laura, the sister of TV host Kirsty Gallacher, could be swinging burgers together after starting a company, Brand New Collective.
According to documents filed with Companies House, it could run restaurants, takeaways and mobile food stalls, as well as buy and sell real estate.
The couple are indeed good business partners: their other company, specializing in TV production, had £2 million last year.