Kate Winslet was so cruel during our break-up, says jilted lover
Brief affair: Kate Winslet
Nearly three months after he was unceremoniously dumped by Kate Winslet when she took up with Richard Branson’s party-loving nephew, her former love is still coming to terms with the break-up — and the way he was so brutally discarded.
Speaking publicly for the first time since he was abandoned by the Oscar-winning actress, male model Louis Dowler, 35, says: ‘I don’t think Kate behaved well and it is still very raw for me.’
Famous for her own emotional performances at award ceremonies, Kate, 35, left Dowler close to tears after they went on what should have been a romantic trip to Branson’s Caribbean hideaway on Necker Island this summer.
Instead, it was a disaster. While Katewas hailed a hero for rescuing Sir Richard’s mother, Eve, from the firewhich engulfed the luxurious retreat, Louis was devastated when the trip ended badly.
‘I was in love with her and you can’t switch that off overnight,’ Dowler tells me. ‘I’m not sure Kate treated me well.’
For his part Abel Smith, who eccentrically changed his name by deed poll some years ago to Ned RocknRoll, subsequently informed his wife, Eliza Pearson, 23, the sweet-natured daughter of multi-millionaire Viscount Cowdray, that he had fallen for the Titantic star.
While Eliza took it on the chin, Louis is still struggling with what happened.
‘Kate came home with me to Cornwall and we just hung out together.
“She met my parents and family,’ he says.
Model behaviour: Kate Winslet, left walks with Louis Dowler in their happier days
‘I thought we were inseparable. I certainly haven’t found anyone else since.’
The Burberry model says that at first he was blissfully happy with Kate when they met after her split from film director husband Sam Mendes, spending time at her 2.5 million New York apartment.
Louis, who was at a party for the Omega boutique at the new Westfield shopping centre in East London, adds: ‘I don’t want to go into details but it wasn’t a straightforward break-up.
“I’m a laid-back guy, so I am not walking around with a long face — but I do still hold a torch for her.’
Johnson haunted by lothario reputation
These are tempting times for priapic Mayor of London Boris Johnson as he valiantly attends several parties around the capital every night. Emboldened by his lothario reputation and also perhaps by champagne, ladies are only too happy to embrace him.
At Julie’s restaurant in Holland Park, writer Lesley-Ann Jones flung her arms around the Mayor and demanded: ‘Give me a kiss, Boris. I promise I won’t tell anyone.’ Johnson discreetly untangled himself, declaring: ‘Ah, but that’s what they all say.’ An aide reveals: ‘It’s like this wherever we go at this time of the year.’
Nuns fight Heseltine plans
He has climbed the greasy pole of politics and built up a personal fortune estimated at 250 million, but Tory peer Lord Heseltine’s latest money-making venture is in danger of being scuppered by an order of nuns.
The publishing company run by the former Deputy Prime Minister, Haymarket Media Group, has submitted plans to demolish two office blocks where some of its trade magazines are based and replace them with two five-storey blocks of flats and an underground car park.
Lord Heseltine”s latest venture could be scuppered by an order of nuns
The scheme, which could take up to two years, would create 51 homes and potentially generate millions of pounds for the firm in sales and rentals.
But the Society of the Sacred Heart, an order of Roman Catholic sisters which has a branch in the same Hammersmith street in West London, has taken a dim view of the proposals. Charity operations manager Beverley Lightley says: ‘We are opposed to the proposal because it’s going to create another high building in the area and have a real impact on traffic.
‘If it does go ahead, the road will become heavily congested. As an education-focused order, we have strong concerns about the security and safety of all the children of all the schools nearby.’
No one from Haymarket Media Group returned calls.
Dell”Olio injects much-needed glamour
While it’s hard to believe that down-to-earth types would appeal to her tastes, Nancy Dell’Olio looked more at home with the company of a suburban restaurant this weekend thanthe celebrity hoopla she is used to. Regulars were delighted when Nancy turned up with pals at South London’s Blackheath Locale and happily interrupted her meal to talk to fans.
‘She injected a sorelyneeded bit of glamour,’ says one patron. ‘She was there until nearly midnight when she said she had to get up early to rehearse for the Strictly Come Dancing final.’
’Allo ’Allo! No rest for wicked Vicki
Comedy star: Vicki Michelle
She had been expecting to spend Christmas at home, but after her cameraman husband said he would be away filming, comedy favourite Vicki Michelle signed up for the panto season.
The star of Eighties sitcom ’Allo ’Allo! opened at the weekend as the wicked fairy Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty at the Harlequin theatre in Redhill, Surrey.
‘I was going to have a family Christmas this year and skip the panto season, but when Graham told me he was away filming in Kenya for a few weeks, I changed my mind and here I am ,’ Vicki, 60, tells me.
Meanwhile, 19 years after filming the last episode of ’Allo ’Allo!, in which Vicki played waitress Yvette Carte-Blanche, she is still reaching new audiences.
And the fan mail these days is a little different.
‘I even have a fellow writing from the bush of Matabeleland saying he is a witch-doctor and asking me to help him to find a wife like me,’ she says.
Queen holds annual bash
Students from Thanet College, Kent, whichhas educated dozens of royal servants, will get on-the-job experience tonight when they are drafted in to Buckingham Palace as the Queen holdsa reception for staff. The annual drinks party has replaced the traditional Christmas ball for the past three years because of the recessionary times.
‘Of course, some people are disappointed that there’s no ball once again and that they can’t bring partners, but the Queen always enjoys it and likes to see her employees out of uniform or livery for one night of the year,’ I am told.
The hour-long bash in the Picture Gallery sees staff briefed about the coming royal year before they are joined by the Queen and Prince Philip. Meanwhile, the Queen completed the filming of her Christmas broadcast on Friday. She leaves for Sandringham next week after a lunch for those family members not invited to the Norfolk estate.
PS Visitors queuing at Blenheim Palace on Saturday, where choirs were carol singing in the Long Library, were startled by the sight of News International boss James Murdoch with former chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie. Had they come for the carols or the Winston Churchill exhibition
‘They went to the front of the queue and the Brookses ushered Murdoch inside before walking away,’ says a guest. ‘Someone did shout at Murdoch, “Are you going to buy the place” But he just gave a wry look. Maybe he was stocking up on Churchillian spirit.’