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Swedish London-based socialite Britt Tidelius faces racial abuse trial in December 2016

Britt Tidelius

Britt Tidelius

A New York socialite racially abused two women in an five-star London hotel where she lives, a court heard today.

Swedish art critic Britt Tidelius, 81, allegedly launched into a racist tirade at hotel guest Confus Nekea at the Carlton Tower in Knightsbridge in March.

Two months later in May it is claimed the socialite assaulted and spat at a member of staff, Jurgita Tiauteriene, in the same hotel and racially abused her.

At Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court today, Tidelius pleaded not guilty to one count of assault by beating and two counts of racially aggravated abuse.

Carly Loftus, prosecuting, said: ‘On March 12, another guest, Miss Nekea, was sitting by her table in the restaurant inside the hotel which the defendant resides.

‘She asked hotel staff if she could charge her phone. They gave her permission to do so. The defendant was nearby and got annoyed by this.

‘(She) said, “what are you doing, you are disturbing me?” The defendant then threatened to call security on her, which the complainant said she is free to do so.’

Miss Nakea left and went back to check on her phone 15 minutes later, and Tidelius started screaming at her again, the court heard.

According to Miss Loftus, Tidelius told her: ‘What are you doing here? You should go back to your country, you monkey. You belong on the trees.’

She was escorted away from the scene, the court heard.

Two months later, on May 18, three members of staff at the same hotel were working on the seventh floor by the laundry chute.

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“Sabrina Guinness (James’s aunt) and her husband, playwright Sir Tom Stoppard, also celebrated with the couple”

Top row from left, Mary-Clare Elliot, Ben and Jemima Goldsmith, Isaac Ferry, Chelsea Clinton and Maya von Schoenburg; bottom row from left, Sir Tom and Lady Stoppard, Paris Hilton, James Rothschild and Nicky Hilton, Naomi Campbell

Top row from left, Mary-Clare Elliot, Ben and Jemima Goldsmith, Isaac Ferry, Chelsea Clinton and Maya von Schoenburg; bottom row from left, Sir Tom and Lady Stoppard, Paris Hilton, James Rothschild and Nicky Hilton, Naomi Campbell

Susannah Butter and Phoebe Luckhurst write:

This is a modern union, untroubled by superstition: last night, bride and groom posed for pictures together outside Spencer House in St James, where the couple held a pre-wedding party. Guests were a cross-section of Rothschild’s London old moneyed set and the international jetsetters associated with the Hilton crowd. Naomi Campbell was there, as was billionaire property developer Nick Candy and his wife Holly Valance, and Petra Ecclestone and her husband. Isaac Ferry wore the dishevelled uniform of the modern Sloane (a bright pink suit and scruffy white Converses). Chelsea Clinton and husband Marc Mevinsky attended — Chelsea in black — while Sabrina Guinness (James’s aunt) and her husband, playwright Sir Tom Stoppard, also celebrated with the couple. Prince William’s best friend old Harrovian Thomas van Straubenzee — who was this week announced as one of Princess Charlotte’s godparents — attended, as did Euro-royals Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece and Denmark and his wife Marie-Chantal. Ben Goldsmith was there with his new wife Jemima.

The guest list was starry but the party small: it was held in the Great Room at Spencer House. Nicky’s brother Barron Instagrammed a picture of the ornate chandeliers, captioned “The night before” with a diamond ring emoji. It was a late night: At 3am Paris, who started her evening in a rooftop suite at Hotel Café Royal in Piccaddilly, Instagrammed Beatles lyrics (“All you need is love, love is all you need”).

“…Charles was active on the social circuit, dating a string of eligible women and society beauties, including the glamorous brewing heiress Sabrina Guinness”

 

Prince Charles and Sabrina Guinness

Prince Charles and Sabrina Guinness

In any case, whatever Charles’s early ambitions for his burgeoning relationship with Camilla Shand, they were soon thwarted when, in 1978, duty called and the young naval officer was summoned on an eight-month expedition on the HMS Minerva to the Caribbean.

While he was away, Camilla became engaged to Andrew Parker Bowles. At the time, Charles wrote regretfully of the end of the “blissful, peaceful and mutually happy relationship” of just six months standing that he had lost. “I suppose the feeling of emptiness will pass eventually,” he said.

But though he had lost Camilla, at the same time he could not escape her. She and Andrew Parker Bowles moved in royal circles and were regular guests at Windsor, Sandringham and Balmoral. Camilla always seemed comfortable with the continuation of her warm association with Charles, despite the divergence of their paths romantically. When her first child was born in 1974, she and Andrew asked Prince Charles to be godfather. Meanwhile, Charles was active on the social circuit, dating a string of eligible women and society beauties, including the glamorous brewing heiress Sabrina Guinness.

But his attachment to his first love remained strong. In 1979, after the death of his beloved Mountbatten, some reports have suggested that Charles felt the first real stirrings of tension between what was expected of him and what he really desired. It has been said that at this time he asked Camilla to leave her marriage to be with him, but she, ever the pragmatist, demurred, reminding him that, were that to happen he would be forced to renounce the throne.