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  • Tatler has unveiled its annual 'little black book' of eligible singletons
  • Comprises some of the wealthiest and best connected singles in Britain
  • Includes royalty, actors and even one devilishly handsome Maharaja

By Martha Cliff for MailOnline and Bianca London for MailOnline

Published: 06:42 EST, 9 November 2017 | Updated: 06:51 EST, 9 November 2017

Known as a bible for the high-brow members of society, Tatler has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to selecting the best connected people in Britain to feature on its glossy pages.

And so their annual guide to the UK's most eligible singletons is sure to feature the cream of the dating crop.

The magazine has released its annual little black book comprising royalty, millionaires and one very dapper Maharaja. Single men and ladies, take note!

George Spencer-Churchill features among the eligible singletons rounded up by Tatler. Set to one day become the Duke of Marlborough, the old Harrovian boasts 'an adorable smile'

George Spencer-Churchill features among the eligible singletons rounded up by Tatler. Set to one day become the Duke of Marlborough, the old Harrovian boasts 'an adorable smile'

GEORGE SPENCER-CHURCHILL – Marquess of Blandford

Heir to the 187-room Blenheim Palace is 22-year-old George Spencer-Churchill, who became Marquess of Blandford in 2014, following his grandfather's death.

Set to one day become the Duke of Marlborough, the old Harrovian boasts 'an adorable smile', according to Tatler, and is building a reputation for being a seriously clever polo player having played alongside Prince Harry himself.

LADY KITTY SPENCER

Lady Kitty Spencer has been a regular in the pages of the society bible ever since being named as one of the most eligible singletons back in 2009. She has also graced the cover twice so it is no surprise to see her on the list.

Princess Diana's niece Lady Kitty Spencer also features on the list and with her model good looks and outgoing personality, it's little wonder Princess Diana's niece Lady Kitty Spencer also features on the list and with her model good looks and outgoing personality, it's little wonder 

Princess Diana's niece Lady Kitty Spencer also features on the list and with her model good looks and outgoing personality, it's little wonder

Kitty, daughter of the Earl Spencer and niece of Diana, Princess of Wales, boasts a lineage stretching from pre-Tudor times and a family fortune of more than £100million.

Growing up with her mother Victoria Lockwood, the former model who was Earl Spencer's first wife, Kitty lead a relatively secluded childhood.

But since returning to London eight years ago she has become a firm member of the Mayfair social scene rubbing shoulders with A-listers and royals alike.

She is recently single having split with divorced father-of-three Mr Barattieri earlier this year amid reports that they had fallen out over her hopes to marry and have children.

LADY ELIZA MANNERS

Eliza, 20, is the youngest of the notorious Manners sisters, who have previously been dubbed the 'Bad Manners' girls by their neighbours thanks to their penchant for a party.

Brought up in the enviable surroundings of Belvoir Castle, the seat of the Duke of Rutland, where her father David is the 11th Duke, the mischievous heiress is known for playing tricks on startled tourists at the site by hiding under the beds and curling up in enormous silver punch bowls.

Eliza, 20, is the youngest of the notorious Manners sisters, who are famed for their penchant for partying Eliza, 20, is the youngest of the notorious Manners sisters, who are famed for their penchant for partying 

Eliza, 20, is the youngest of the notorious Manners sisters, who are famed for their penchant for partying

All three sisters were known for their hard partying and enthusiastic dancing until dawn, as well as sharing risqué snaps on Instagram.

Their mother Emma installed a nightclub, complete with smoke machines, when the family inherited Belvoir in 2002 and the family's £2 million West London home is known affectionately as 'the Pussy Palace'. The late-night antics and parties attracted constant complaints to the council.

MAHARAJA PADMANABH SINGH

Padmanabh, 19, is unofficially known as Jaipur's Maharajah, although Indian royalty was legally abolished under Indira Gandhi's government in the 1970s.

According to Tatler he wants to: 'clean up corruption, empower youth and work towards gender equality.'

Padmanabh, 19, is unofficially known as Jaipur's Maharajah, and has links to HollywoodPadmanabh, 19, is unofficially known as Jaipur's Maharajah, and has links to Hollywood

Padmanabh, 19, is unofficially known as Jaipur's Maharajah, and has links to Hollywood

He is a well-respected polo player and his nobility has already earned him links in Hollywood. His godfather also just so happens to be Prince Charles.

Padmanabh, who studied at Millfield, is rumoured to be escorting Reese Witherspoon's daughter Ava Phillipe's to her debutante ball later this month.

Padmanabh is due to be her cavalier, or date, at the event in Paris.

LADY LOLA CRICHTON-STUART

The daughter of Formula One driver, Marquess of Bute, 17-year-old Lola is the youngest person in Tatler's little black book.

Lady Lola Crichton-Stuart is the youngest on the list and is just 17 years oldLady Lola Crichton-Stuart is the youngest on the list and is just 17 years old

Lady Lola Crichton-Stuart is the youngest on the list and is just 17 years old

She is currently in her final year at Bedales and plans to move to New York next year to take up a scholarship to study fashion design at Parsons, following in the footsteps of her mother Serena, who is also a designer.

The family have shunned their aristocratic title in favour of plain old Bute.

LOUIS SPENCER – Viscount Althorp

Described by the magazine as 'absurdly hot', Kitty's brother Louis is the second Spencer on Tatler's list of the most desirable singletons.

The 23-year-old cause controversy in 2015 when it was announced that he will inherit the vast Northamptonshire estate of Althorp, which has been in the Spencer family for centuries, despite being three years younger sister Kitty.

Kitty's brother Louis is the second Spencer on Tatler's list of the most desirable singletonsKitty's brother Louis is the second Spencer on Tatler's list of the most desirable singletons

Kitty's brother Louis is the second Spencer on Tatler's list of the most desirable singletons

Father Charles Spencer has insisted he is 'totally relaxed' about the prospect of his eldest daughter taking over the deeds to the property and its associated land, but referenced the ancient traditions tied to the home.

And despite being given her father's blessing to take it over, Lady Kitty is more than happy to abide by the custom of the firstborn male child inheriting the estate.

ELLA RICHARDS

As granddaughter of legendary Rolling Stoles guitarist Keith Richards, it is no surprise that fellow singletons may be rushing to meet the in-laws.

The 20-year-old is making waves in the showbiz industry herself having appeared in high profile modelling campaigns for the likes of Burberry.

Ella is the granddaughter of legendary Rolling Stoles guitarist Keith Richards and starred in a Burberry campaignElla is the granddaughter of legendary Rolling Stoles guitarist Keith Richards and starred in a Burberry campaign

Ella is the granddaughter of legendary Rolling Stoles guitarist Keith Richards and starred in a Burberry campaign

Ella's father, Marlon Richards, son of Keith, is a photographer and graphic artist, and her mother is Lucie de la Falaise; a former model and niece of legendary Yves Saint Laurent muse Loulou de la Falaise.

The slinky, long-necked blonde was scouted by her mother's agency at the tender age of 15. She was named by the magazine as one of their 2017 English Roses – a definitive profile of Britain's 'new beauties'.

ALEX FLICK

Swiss-born Alex, 31, is the son of Countess Maya von Schönburg and billionaire Mercedes-Benz heir Mick Flick.

Alex Flick is the son of Countess Maya von Schönburg and billionaire Mercedes-Benz heir Mick FlickAlex Flick is the son of Countess Maya von Schönburg and billionaire Mercedes-Benz heir Mick Flick

Alex Flick is the son of Countess Maya von Schönburg and billionaire Mercedes-Benz heir Mick Flick

Alex certainly has a creative flair; he has his own gallery, Unit9, is an artist and also a documentary film maker.

Describing the bachelor, Tatler says: 'He loves H20 in all guises, from the slopes of Gstaad to the seas of Mallorca.'

LADY ALICE ST CLAIR ERKSTINE

Lady Alice St Clair Erskine, 29, is the daughter of the Earl of Rosslyn. She spent her childhood between the St Clair family seat of Rosslyn Chapel near Edinburgh (used as a location in The Da Vinci Code) and boarding school in Berkshire.

She won an acting scholarship to the prestigious New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, then was cast as Kate Middleton in the 2011 US TV film William & Catherine: A Royal Romance (Alice has her own royal connections and counts Prince Harry among her friends).

Tatler describes Alice's 'lovely' voice as perfect for 'listening to her read poetry'.

Lady Alice St Clair Erskine, 29, is the daughter of the Earl of Rosslyn and played the Duchess of Cambridge in a documentary Lady Alice St Clair Erskine, 29, is the daughter of the Earl of Rosslyn and played the Duchess of Cambridge in a documentary 

Lady Alice St Clair Erskine, 29, is the daughter of the Earl of Rosslyn and played the Duchess of Cambridge in a documentary

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Australia: Scott Morrison saga casts scrutiny on Queen’s representative

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In the past fortnight, Australia has been gripped by revelations that former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison secretly appointed himself to several additional ministries.

The move has been labelled a “power grab” by his successor as prime minister, and Mr Morrison has been scolded by many – even his own colleagues.

But the scandal has also dragged Australia’s governor-general into the fray – sparking one of the biggest controversies involving the Queen’s representative in Australia in 50 years.

So does Governor-General David Hurley have questions to answer, or is he just collateral damage?

‘Just paperwork’

Governors-general have fulfilled the practical duties as Australia’s head of state since the country’s 1901 federation.

Candidates for the role were initially chosen by the monarch but are now recommended by the Australian government.

The job is largely ceremonial – a governor-general in almost every circumstance must act on the advice of the government of the day. But conventions allow them the right to “encourage” and “warn” politicians.

Key duties include signing bills into law, issuing writs for elections, and swearing in ministers.

Mr Hurley has run into trouble on the latter. At Mr Morrison’s request, he swore the prime minister in as joint minister for health in March 2020, in case the existing minister became incapacitated by Covid.

Over the next 14 months, he also signed off Mr Morrison as an additional minister in the finance, treasury, home affairs and resources portfolios.

Mr Morrison already had ministerial powers, so Mr Hurley was basically just giving him authority over extra departments.

It’s a request the governor-general “would not have any kind of power to override or reject”, constitutional law professor Anne Twomey tells the BBC.

“This wasn’t even a meeting between the prime minister and the governor-general, it was just paperwork.”

But Mr Morrison’s appointments were not publicly announced, disclosed to the parliament, or even communicated to most of the ministers he was job-sharing with.

Australia’s solicitor-general found Mr Morrison’s actions were not illegal but had “fundamentally undermined” responsible government.

But the governor-general had done the right thing, the solicitor-general said in his advice this week.

It would have been “a clear breach” for him to refuse the prime minister, regardless of whether he knew the appointments would be kept secret, Stephen Donaghue said.

Critics push for investigation

Ultimately, Mr Hurley had to sign off on Mr Morrison’s requests, but critics say he could have counselled him against it and he could have publicised it himself.

But representatives for the governor-general say these types of appointments – giving ministers the right to administer other departments – are not unusual.

And it falls to the government of the day to decide if they should be announced to the public. They often opt not to.

Mr Hurley himself announcing the appointments would be unprecedented. He had “no reason to believe that appointments would not be communicated”, his spokesperson said.

Emeritus professor Jenny Hocking finds the suggestion Mr Hurley didn’t know the ministries had been kept secret “ridiculous”.

“The last of these bizarre, duplicated ministry appointments… were made more than a year after the first, so clearly by then the governor-general did know that they weren’t being made public,” she says.

“I don’t agree for a moment that the governor-general has a lot of things on his plate and might not have noticed.”

The historian says it’s one of the biggest controversies surrounding a governor-general since John Kerr caused a constitutional crisis by sacking Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in 1975.

Prof Hocking famously fought for transparency around that matter – waging a lengthy and costly legal battle that culminated in the release of Mr Kerr’s correspondence with the Queen.

And she says the same transparency is needed here.

The Australian public need to know whether Mr Hurley counselled the prime minister against the moves, and why he didn’t disclose them

The government has already announced an inquiry into Mr Morrison’s actions, but she wants it to look at the governor-general and his office too.

“If the inquiry is to find out what happened in order to fix what happened, it would be extremely problematic to leave out a key part of that equation.”

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull – Mr Morrison’s predecessor – has also voiced support for an inquiry.

“Something has gone seriously wrong at Government House,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

“It is the passive compliance along the chain… that did undermine our constitution and our democracy… that troubles me the most. This is how tyranny gets under way.”

PM defends governor-general

Prof Twomey says the criticism of Mr Hurley is unfair – there’s was no “conspiracy” on his part to keep things secret.

“I don’t think it’s reasonable for anyone to expect that he could have guessed that the prime minister was keeping things secret from his own ministers, for example.

“Nobody really thought that was a possibility until about two weeks ago.”

Even if he had taken the unprecedented step to publicise the appointments or to reject Mr Morrison’s request, he’d have been criticised, she says.

“There’d be even more people saying ‘how outrageous!'” she says. “The role of governor-general is awkward because people are going to attack you either way.”

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has also defended Mr Hurley, saying he was just doing his job.

“I have no intention of undertaking any criticism of [him].”

A role fit for purpose?

Prof Hocking says it’s a timely moment to look at the role of the governor-general more broadly.

She points out it’s possible the Queen may have been informed about Mr Morrison’s extra ministries when Australia’s parliament and people were not.

“It does raise questions about whether this is fit for purpose, as we have for decades been a fully independent nation, but we still have… ‘the relics of colonialism’ alive and well.”

Momentum for a fresh referendum on an Australian republic has been growing and advocates have seized on the controversy.

“The idea that the Queen and her representative can be relied upon to uphold our system of government has been debunked once and for all,” the Australian Republic Movement’s Sandy Biar says.

“It’s time we had an Australian head of state, chosen by Australians and accountable to them to safeguard and uphold Australia’s constitution.”

But Prof Twomey says republicans are “clutching at straws” – under their proposals, the head of state would also have been bound to follow the prime minister’s advice.

“It wouldn’t result in any changes that would have made one iota of difference.”

 

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Australia election: PM Morrison’s security team in car crash in Tasmania

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A car carrying the Australian prime minister’s security team has crashed in Tasmania during an election campaign visit.

Four police officers were taken to hospital with “non-life threatening injuries” after the car and another vehicle collided, authorities said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was not in the car, but the accident prompted him to cancel the rest of his campaign events on Thursday.

The other driver involved was not hurt.

Tasmania Police said initial investigations suggested the second car had “collided with the rear of the police vehicle, while attempting to merge”. It caused the unmarked security vehicle to roll off the road.

The two Tasmania Police officers and two Australian Federal Police officers were conscious when taken to hospital for medical assessment, the prime minister’s office said.

“Family members of the officers have been contacted and are being kept informed of their condition,” a statement said.

“The PM is always extremely grateful for the protection provided by his security team and extends his best wishes for their recovery and to their families.”

Australians go to the polls on 21 May. Mr Morrison – prime minister since 2018 – is hoping to win his conservative coalition’s fourth term in office.

Polls suggest the opposition Labor Party, led by Anthony Albanese, is favoured to win. However, Mr Morrison defied similar polling to claim victory at the last election in 2019.

Mr Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition holds 76 seats in the House of Representatives – the minimum needed to retain power.

Political observers say the cost of living, climate change, trust in political leaders, and national security will be among key issues in the campaign.

In recent weeks, the prime minister has faced accusations of being a bully and once sabotaging a rival’s career by suggesting the man’s Lebanese heritage made him less electable. Mr Morrison has denied the allegations.

Mr Albanese stumbled into his own controversy this week when he failed to recall the nation’s unemployment or interest rates.

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Sydney airport warns delays could last weeks on third day of travel chaos

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Long queues at Sydney airport’s domestic terminals have continued for a third day, with some passengers missing international connections, as the airport warns delays resulting from a surge in travellers and a shortfall in security staff could continue for weeks.

Chaotic scenes were reported in the departure halls as early as 4.30am on Saturday, with some frustrated travellers, many of whom heeded the pleas of airport chiefs to arrive at least two hours before their domestic flight was due to take off, claiming only one security line was operating.

While the queues that formed early on Saturday are understood to have cleared later in the morning, the airport apologised to affected travellers.

“Traffic numbers are picking up and the close contact rules are making it hard to fill shifts and staff the airport. We appreciate your patience,” Sydney airport said on its Twitter account.

A wave of families travelling as the term two school holidays begin this weekend, combined with close contact rules that are understood to be taking out about 20% of security shifts in any given day, are driving the problem.

Certis, the company that Sydney airport contracts for its security operations, is desperately trying to recruit personnel, while the airport has reallocated back office, IT and retail workers to the departure hall to comb queues so they can prioritise passengers at risk of missing their flight.

“We are working around the clock to resolve these issues and have teams in the terminals bringing passengers forward in order of priority,” a Sydney airport spokesperson said.

He added that the airport is “anticipating it will [be] busy right through the school holiday period and peak over the Easter and Anzac Day weekends, in some cases at 90% of pre-Covid passenger levels”.

“We’re deeply grateful to passengers for their ongoing patience and we’re sorry to everyone who has been inconvenienced,” the spokesperson said. “We would also like to thank passengers for getting to the airport early and treating staff and each other with kindness and respect.”

The Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce was forced to clarify comments he made on Friday that passengers were “not match fit” and that those forgetting to remove laptops and aerosols from their bags at the security check contributing to the delays.

“Just to be clear, I’m not ‘blaming’ passengers,” Joyce said. “Of course it’s not their fault,” he said.

Qantas shed thousands of staff during the pandemic, and outsourced ground crews in a decision that was challenged in court.

On Saturday, Qantas also apologised to a Melbourne family left stranded in Sydney, after domestic flight delays caused them to miss an international trip.

Javiera Martinez, her partner Daniel Capurro and their three children were supposed to be flying to Chile on Friday to visit relatives they had not seen in three years.

But after their 8am Qantas flight from Melbourne was delayed by half an hour, baggage handling and airport transfer delays in Sydney meant they couldn’t make their 11.30am LATAM Airlines flight to Santiago.

Martinez said the airline’s procedures at the airport were chaotic.

“We think Qantas didn’t behave appropriately. I got berated by the person at the counter – they never apologised, they never assumed any responsibility at all,” she said. “It was a rude conversation. We have been mistreated badly I would say.”

The PCR tests they need to travel have now expired and they will have to take them again as they wait for seats on the next flight to Santiago from Sunday.

The airline has apologised and paid for a night’s accommodation in Sydney.

“We sincerely apologise that the family missed their connecting flight on another airline due to delays moving through Sydney airport on Friday,” a Qantas spokesperson said.

The family is among many affected by hold ups amid the busiest travel period in two years, with Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports warning passengers to arrive two hours before domestic flights.

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