SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Starsky & Hutch star David Soul was threatened with jail over Cuba car film 

No high octane adventure could have prepared Starsky & Hutch star David Soul for his latest assignment. His documentary, Cuban Soul, records the discovery of Ernest Hemingway’s long lost 1955 convertible Chrysler New Yorker, found in a garage in Cuba eight years ago, and its subsequent restoration. Yet what sounds a gentle project has exacted … Read more

SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Michael Mansfield tells ex-colleague to sell property to pay him back 

He’s trousered huge sums during his career as the self-styled champion of the underdog. But flamboyant barrister Michael Mansfield QC is not, it seems, someone who’ll write-off a debt. For I can disclose that ‘Moneybags’ Mansfield, 79, is on the tail of fellow lawyer Maureen Ngozi Obi-Ezekpazu.  In tandem with another eminent barrister, Patrick Roche, … Read more

SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Is a new royal interview on the cards?

Prince William has already angrily voiced his disgust at the racism claim made in Prince Harry and Meghan’s ‘tell-all’ interview with Oprah Winfrey. Now, he and Kate could give their own explosive side of the story. For it’s been revealed that William privately made clear that he would not follow the Queen’s policy of never giving … Read more

SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Could this be a  job for one of Meghan’s ex staff? PA to William and Kate

This could be one for Melissa Touabti, who shocked the Palace when she suddenly quit as the Duchess of Sussex’s personal assistant just six months after Meghan Markle married into the Royal Family. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are seeking their own new PA — and staff tend to last longer working for William … Read more

SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Here’s a job for one of Meghan’s ex staff – PA to William and Kate! 

This could be one for Melissa Touabti, who shocked the Palace when she suddenly quit as the Duchess of Sussex’s personal assistant just six months after Meghan Markle married into the Royal Family. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are seeking their own new PA — and staff tend to last longer working for William … Read more

SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: We’re so happy Pa’s better, says a grateful Prince Charles in Athens 

He may have been thousands of miles away in Greece this week, but Prince Charles’s thoughts were clearly closer to home — for I can reveal that HRH had a private meeting with the Mayor of Athens which dwelt on the welfare of the Duke of Edinburgh. My royal source tells me that following a … Read more

SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: War of words flares up over Donald Campbell’s Bluebird 

A furious row has broken out overshadowing this week’s celebrations to mark what would have been the 100th birthday of the land-and-water speed hero Donald Campbell. As two RAF jets flew over Coniston Water and dipped their wings in tribute, his family was engulfed in a turbulent war of words over the ownership of his … Read more

SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Bicycle bandit mugs V&A boss Nicholas Coleridge for his mobile phone 

Nicholas Coleridge, ebullient chairman of the V&A Museum, has become the latest victim of London‘s crime wave. He was mugged last week opposite the Royal Hospital Chelsea and the assailant cheekily bicycled off with his mobile phone. ‘I was talking on the phone and standing by the kerb to try and get a better line … Read more

SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Petra Ecclestone in privacy swipe at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 

She’s only just moved back into her £16 million Los Angeles mansion after relocating to Monaco for a few months, but Petra Ecclestone, youngest daughter of F1 billionaire Bernie, is already having a dig at fellow California residents, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. ‘I always tried to stand up for her,’ says the heiress, … Read more

SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: It’s a full house as Phillip Schofield keeps business in the family 

He made headline news when, live on breakfast television, he came out as gay. But, a year on, I can disclose that This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield remains in bed with his wife, Stephanie — in a financial sense, at least. The couple, who married in 1993 and have two daughters, Molly, 27, and Ruby, … Read more