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Daddy parks Chelsy in Belgravia
It’s lucky that Prince Harry’s squeeze Chelsy Davy has a rich daddy. She has just moved into a two-bedroom, first-floor Belgravia flat which cost £1.65 million. The pristine Eaton Place property is rather grander than her rented quarters in Leeds where, until recently, she was studying for a postgraduate law degree.
The foxy blonde has just begun a course in legal practice and procedure at the London College of Law in Hornsey before starting work as a trainee solicitor with Allen & Overy.
Her generous father, Charles Davy, a safari operator in Zimbabwe who has close links to President Mugabe’s regime, spent £320,000 buying his daughter a flat when she was studying economics at the University of Cape Town. The high-security, two-bedroom property, which she has kept, has garage space for her Mercedes convertible and is in the city’s smart Waterside district.
Jude Law’s ex, Sienna Miller, may boast that she can seduce any man she wants but when it comes to attracting homebuyers she’s as virginal as Susan Boyle. A year ago she put her boho two-bedroom house off Edgware Road up for sale at £1.25 million, reducing later to £1 million.
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"It’s an unconventional house," says Arlington Residential. "It will need a very special person to buy it." The property’s delights include a Moroccan-style basement with Turkish bath and sauna.
Diana Vickers, the X Factor star dubbed by Simon Cowell "the singing version of Marmite", has moved to Battersea. While starring in the West End revival of the hit musical The Rise and Fall of Little Voice she is renting "a gorgeous apartment with a massive terrace and barbecue so my friends all love coming round."
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The perky Lancashire teenager fled her previous Sloane Avenue flat because it was haunted and even wrote a song about it. "It had a poltergeist so I had to have an exorcism," she recalls.
Perthshire landowner Jamie Montgomery is selling Kinross House, his 17th century ancestral home overlooking Loch Leven, for £4.25 million through Strutt & Parker.
Described by Robinson Crusoe author Daniel Defoe as "the most beautiful piece of architecture in Scotland" the classical mansion has 15 bedrooms, a ballroom, 80 acres and a cricket pitch.
Jonny Bealby, founder of Wild Frontiers, which wafts clients of the likes of Michael Palin, Maureen Lipman and Rory Bremner, to challenging destinations in the Middle East and Indian sub-continent, is building a holiday home for himself in Rajasthan.
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"I’m converting an old farmhouse built in mock-Mughal style," says the Grantham farmer’s son and ex-rock singer. "I already own a wooden mountain cabin on the Afghan/Pakistani border with an infinity pool and views of the Hindu Kush." His more prosaic London address is a two-bedroom Olympia ex-council flat.