JAN MOIR: Yes, Princess Tippytoes got what she deserved… But I still pity her
07:41 GMT, 3 August 2012
In tatters: Grant Bovey and Anthea Turner appear to have parted ways following allegations of infidelity on his part
Tiny hankies at the ready For now we must come to the thorny topic of Anthea Turner and Grant Bovey, whose 12-year marriage appears to be in tatters following his alleged infidelity with a woman half his age.
Television presenter Anthea has fled the country in tears while husband Grant is just mooching about as usual, trying not to look too much like a bankrupt spiv en route to a wine bar date with someone he met in a Jacuzzi.
Both parties are trying to win the PR war by claiming that his three daughters from his first marriage are on his/her side. Oof. There is nothing like being classy.
This is, in fact, an utterly tragic
and heartrending situation. I’m not talking about the possible end of
their relationship — I mean deciding who to feel sorry for the least.
And at the moment, my centilitre of skimmed sympathy lies with my old
reason why I feel sorry for her For a start, so few others will. We all
know that Princess Tippytoes is a difficult woman to empathise with.
She is incredibly annoying, for a start.
is the woman who put the ug! in smug. And for her sins, she ran off
with someone else’s husband — the same husband who is now charged with
cheating on her.
goes around, comes around How sick she must be of hearing that phrase.
A cad never changes his cad spots When you marry your mistress you
create a vacancy Yes, yes, yes.
splitsville clichs must be ringing in her ears like the mocking peal
of cruel wedding bells. But at the end of the day, in the final
analysis, did she bring it all down upon herself
is no secret that in 1998 when they first fell in love, Anthea was
married to her then-manager Peter Powell and Bovey was a married man
with three small children.
Back then, Anthea was happy to break up a family to get her man. Not to mention leaving her own husband in the process. And Bovey, after one attempt to patch up his marriage, walked out on his tiny children and wife to be with Anthea.
Plush: The couple's 5 million Surrey home, with Anthea has asked her husband of 12 years to leave
When they ran off together in the giddy first flush of love, Anthea must have thought that here was her Prince Charming at last. Yet in so many ways, Bovey has been her undoing. Nearly everything they have done together has ended in disaster, starting with their wedding in 2000.
With an ex-husband and a jilted wife in the wings, you could have forgiven Anthea and Grant for marrying quietly and discreetly, away from prying eyes.
Instead, the promise of filthy lucre saw the couple sell photographs of their wedding to OK! magazine — and publicise a flaky new chocolate bar to boot. Flaky is the right word. It was a terrible act of tasteless greed by both of them — no wonder she calls the wedding her ‘nemesis’. Her television career, like her reputation, never did recover from the negative reaction.
Still, they had each other. They never did have children together, which is the central tragedy of Anthea’s life. She wanted to be a mother so much, but it was not to be.
To her great credit, she refused to be capsized by this personal sorrow, and focused on being a good stepmother to his children instead. Lily, 20, Amelia, 19, and Claudia, 16, are said to be devoted to her.
Upset: Anthea Turner is said to be considering divorce proceedings against 50-year-old Grant Bovey after claims he cheated on her with heiress Zoe de Mallet Morgan, pictured
And when the telly offers dried up, the woman who was once the highest paid presenter on British television simply rolled up her sleeves and helped her husband with his buy-to-let property company.
She did the soft furnishings, he did the hard deals. For a while, life was good. At one stage the company was said to be worth more than 100 million and the couple lived in splendour on a magnificent Surrey estate, complete with swimming pool, orangery and horses.
Then more trouble. Despite repeated claims that Bovey’s company was not in financial difficulty, it all started to go wrong. Before the crash, Anthea and Grant had paid themselves huge salaries and taken out chunks of money, but initially managed to keep their home.
Two years ago, Bovey was made
bankrupt with writs against him for more than 3 million — owed to banks
for company debts. He owed many more millions to individual creditors
who were left without a penny — after investing their life savings in
Anthea and Grant had to downscale from their huge Surrey estate to a
mere mansion on a Surrey estate. She had to fly to Canada for work, the
only place to still offer some television opportunities.
now this. Bovey, 50, appears to have been spending more time than he
should with an interior designer called Zoe de Mallet Morgan.
frustrating for Anthea, who stood by Bovey for all these years, only to
see him allegedly cheat on her with the 24-year-old daughter of a
family friend — who looks exactly like a younger version of herself.
Yet perhaps Anthea and Grant were
doomed from the very start. If you marry a man who cheats on his wife,
then you are married to a man who cheats on his wife. The precedent has
been set. The die is cast.
Camilla Parker Bowles, now entrenched as the Duchess of Cornwall, is
one former mistress who is the exception who proves the rule. Yet for
many, it can only be a matter of time and opportunity.
least Anthea must now understand exactly how wretched Della Bovey felt,
when a younger and more glamorous woman tempted her husband away all
those years ago.
part of a betrayal casts a long shadow on a relationship, but I do hope
Anthea and Grant manage to repair theirs. They have been through so
much together. And in the end, they really deserve each other.
Arise Sir Bradly, the King of Cool
Keeping it cool: Bradley Wiggins casually poses for photographs after taking the gold in the Men's Time Trial event at Hampton Court
I love Bradley Wiggins, the coolest gold medal winner on the planet.
Only Bradley could sit on one of those preposterous Olympic gold thrones in his little duck feet cycling socks and somehow make it all look OK — even funny.
His general demeanour always seems to be one of mocking amusement, even when he meets Princess Anne.
Whether being interviewed, eating up the road race miles or standing on the podium, he always seems to be in control of himself and the situation.
I don’t know if any of these are attributes that make a great cycling champ, but Wiggo has them in spades. Arise Sir Bradley Wiggins
I don’t think he would care.
And I’m sure he must be as amused as I am at how everyone is calling for him to be BBC Sports Personality of the Year— as if somehow it was a greater accolade than Olympic gold or winning the Tour de France!
Meanwhile, his Team GB colleagues Heather Stanning and Helen Glover get my vote for being true Olympians.
After winning gold on Wednesday, it will be back to the day jobs for both women.
Captain Stanning reports for duty in Afghanistan next month, while Glover returns to work as a PE teacher in Cornwall.
That’s how they roll.
It's one law for rich junkies…
Tragic: TetraPak billionaire Hans Rausing as he is driven into the West London Magistrates court, where he was handed a suspended sentence
He is, indeed, a sad and tragic figure — but it seems extraordinary that Hans Rausing has walked free from court after everything that has happened.
Rausing — heir to 5.4 billion from the sale of the Tetra Pak empire — was present when his wife Eva died of suspected heart failure, coupled with drug use, earlier this year.
He then covered up her body and sealed the doors to the room, entombing her deep within their Belgravia mansion for more than two months.
He used sprays to disguise the smell and told friends and family that Eva — the mother of his four children — had gone on holiday. Her worried parents were in the fly-infested room when police eventually discovered the decomposed body.
What a dreadful ordeal for them — and a desperate set of circumstances. Yet Rausing was merely criticised by a judge, who said he used ‘deceit and deliberation’ to cover up the corpse.
The 49-year-old escaped any serious sentence and was instead ordered to attend a private hospital for two years.
Hans and Eva were heavy drug users — but their dealings with the justice system always seem to suggest it is one law for the rich crackhead and another for the poor.
Four years ago almost to the day, I wrote of how the police had discovered a 2,000 stash of heroin and cocaine in their beautiful home — yet somehow all charges were dropped and the couple evaded being given criminal records.
Perhaps that’s what happens when you can afford the best lawyers. It seems to me that any common-or-garden junkie with such a huge stash of drugs could expect no quarter from the law — and rightly so.
The Rausings have been handled with kid gloves by police, but it’s done them no favours. There is no way back from crack — no matter who you are or how much money you have.
Separated at birth: I want to apologise for my complete inability to tell BBC Olympic presenters Matt Baker and Jake Humphrey apart.
There is something about their matching wide, broad foreheads and similar flat vowels that causes a meltdown in the addled old Moir brain.
Separated at birth: Matt Baker and Jake Humphrey, who are both a part of the BBC's London Olympics coverage
Throughout my Olympic coverage this week, I have been rude about Matt (top right) when I meant to be naughty about Jake (bottom right), and impolite about Jake when I meant to be discourteous to Matt.
Gentlemen, I am sincerely sorry. And I promise not to do it again. I’ll get you both mixed up with Mark Foster instead.