Alexander Larman

The rise and fall of R Kelly

1 July 2022 7:09 pm

It’s been an eventful week for celebrity justice, especially of the entirely predictable kind. First, Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced to…

Tom Cruise: the last movie star

28 June 2022 7:13 pm

The actor Tom Cruise has recently released a new film, his first in four years thanks to Covid-induced release delays.…

Why is Prince Charles accepting bags stuffed with cash?

27 June 2022 6:14 pm

After the excitement of the Platinum Jubilee, complete with emotional tributes to ‘mummy’, Prince Charles might have been forgiven for…

The royal rabble vs the Queen

13 June 2022 10:45 pm

By and large, the Platinum Jubilee celebrations were a success. Barring the odd moment of inexplicable poor taste, it was…

Will anyone watch a Harry and Meghan Netflix docuseries?

20 May 2022 10:13 pm

Picture the convivial scene. You have been invited into the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s palatial £11 million mansion in…

Meghan Markle's presidential run appears inevitable

11 May 2022 3:15 pm

Meghan Markle has starred in a Netflix show and married into the Royal Family, but has she got her eyes…

This isn’t the beginning of the Charles Regency

10 May 2022 8:25 pm

One of the cruellest and most accurate remarks made about Prince Charles is that he is less king-in-waiting and more…

The perverse joys of Elon Musk buying Twitter

26 April 2022 5:33 am

The predictable yet somehow still hilarious news that Elon Musk is to acquire Twitter for $44 billion has been greeted…

Prince Harry's stolen future

19 April 2022 12:19 am

It had been, for a change, a good few days for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Not only have…

The Prince Andrew conundrum

30 March 2022 10:10 pm

Prince Philip’s memorial service yesterday was an affecting occasion. The hymns, including Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer and Britten’s…

Prince William is turning into his brother

29 March 2022 2:00 am

For a tour that should have been an unmitigated success, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to the Caribbean…

Prince Andrew settles. What next?

16 February 2022 5:00 am

In some ways, the news is a disappointment. Prince Andrew’s decision to settle the civil case filed against him by…

The banality of Prince Harry

5 February 2022 3:34 am

When Prince Harry was unveiled as ‘chief impact officer’ at a tech start-up in California, many people were baffled. What…

Prince Andrew's high-risk sex case strategy could easily backfire

28 January 2022 3:41 am

Prince Andrew isn’t known for his shy and retiring nature. That much has been clear, at least, from the saga of…

Will Jeremy Hunt be the next prime minister?

19 January 2022 2:19 am

Since he was defeated by Boris Johnson in the 2019 Conservative leadership contest, Jeremy Hunt has had a quieter life…

Is Britain really too dangerous for Harry and Meghan?

17 January 2022 5:01 am

Shortly after his abdication in 1936, the now-Duke of Windsor wrote a series of letters while in European exile, in…

The decline and fall of Prince Andrew

14 January 2022 5:25 am

The final judgement, when it came, was phrased with admirable economy. This evening’s statement from Buckingham Palace said simply that:…

Donald Trump: monarchist?

2 December 2021 2:26 am

As the Harry and Meghan carnival rumbles on, the Queen has found an unexpected source of support: Donald Trump. During an…

How Meghan Markle wins the White House

10 November 2021 4:01 pm

In October, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, made her most significant political intervention to date. She marked her fortieth…

Dave Eggers cancels Amazon

5 October 2021 9:34 pm

Selling books through Amazon is now part and parcel of a working author’s life. It would be a brave writer…

Did the music industry enable R. Kelly?

29 September 2021 8:30 pm

As Harvey Weinstein was to film, so Robert ‘R.’ Kelly has been to the music industry. An energetic and profligate…

The smug self-satisfaction of the Met Gala

15 September 2021 12:29 pm

Oscar Wilde said, of the death of Little Nell in The Old Curiosity Shop, that ‘you would have to have…

The joy of rummaging through Gladstone’s annotated books

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Gladstone’s Library began as that most English of things: a great man’s visionary idea. William Gladstone, at the age of…

Seaham Hall

29 December 2016 3:00 pm

I’m standing in milady’s boudoir, a room which would have delighted Liberace. Here, nothing is de trop and everything is…