EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Sussex fan and royal biographer Omid Scobie’s firm slides £ 17k into the red

Cheerleading for Prince Harry and Meghan doesn’t appear to be very lucrative.

Facing action to close his publishing business, royal biographer Omid Scobie has filed financial details for three consecutive years – and they don’t make happy reading.

Despite all the hype surrounding his sycophantic book about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their decision to quit royal duties, Finding Freedom, it turns out that Scobie’s business is in the red. The firm, MeYou Ltd, faced a ‘compulsory strike-off’ after Scobie, 40, failed to provide legally required financial information since 2019.

Late last week, he filed three sets of bills in one go – and the latest reveals a deficit of £ 17,000.

While his hagiographic book went into cringe-making detail about Harry’s romance with the American former actress, his company accounts for 2021 comprise just two pages, with only one containing any numbers.

They report just £ 4,000 in assets and bills of £ 20,000 due to be paid within the year. The deficit in his capital and reserves is an increase in the £ 15,840 reported for 2020. While in 2019 accounts it was £ 2,607 in the black.

Facing action to close his publishing business, royal biographer Omid Scobie has filed financial details for three consecutive years - and they don't make happy reading

Facing action to close his publishing business, royal biographer Omid Scobie has filed financial details for three consecutive years – and they don’t make happy reading

Failure to have provided financial details would have resulted in a fine of £ 1,500 for accounts that are more than six months overdue, according to Companies House. If a firm is struck off compulsorily, all its assets can be seized by the Government.

A former writer on the celebrity gossip magazine Heat, Scobie is not a details man. In August 2020, he told The Times he had ‘just turned 33’. Then, he said he was 38. Companies House stated that he was born in July 1981, making him 39, at that time.

Scobie, who is the royal editor of US website Harper’s Bazaar, was among those who whipped up criticism of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s tour of the Caribbean last month, highlighting alleged public relations moments that smacked of ‘colonialism’, such as cropped images of the couple greeting fans through a fence in Trench Town, Jamaica.

Scobie could not be reached for comment.

Dad Bernie, 91, puts his boy in the driving seat

When you’re a father at 91, you don’t have any time to waste.

And Formula 1 tycoon Bernie Ecclestone has been getting his son, Ace, behind the wheel of a racing car, even though the boy is only one.

Formula 1 tycoon Bernie Ecclestone has been getting his son, Ace, behind the wheel of a racing car, even though the boy is only one

Formula 1 tycoon Bernie Ecclestone has been getting his son, Ace, behind the wheel of a racing car, even though the boy is only one

‘Ace’s first racing car experience,’ says his mother, Fabiana, 44, who is the billionaire’s third wife. The tot is pictured with ear protectors at the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo, in his mother’s native Brazil.

She was elected last year as a vice-president of the FIA.

That led to the motor sport organization’s new president, Mohammed ben Sulayem, insisting that Bernie was not involved behind the scenes.

Oops! Mary Beard’s brush with porn site

It’s not just Tory MPs who unwittingly end up viewing pornography online. Even high-minded BBC Arts presenter Dame Mary Beard admits to being caught out.

While Neil Parish was looking for tractors, Professor Beard was searching for works by 16th century Venetian painter Titian.

‘This is not meant as a support for Mr Parish,’ says the 67-year-old Cambridge classicist. ‘But I have ended up on a porn site after searching for Titian’s Caesar portraits. A shock and I left pronto. ‘

Sir Michael back on his feet after op

His epic Mini Cooper chase in 1960s classic The Italian Job is revered as one of the greatest film car scenes, but these days Sir Michael Caine is using a different set of wheels.

The double Oscar winner, 89, is using a wheeled walking frame as he recovers from major surgery on his back.

In March, his wife, Shakira, told me: ‘He had a back operation quite recently. He had spinal stenosis. ‘

Double Oscar winner, Sir Michael Caine, 89, is using a wheeled walking frame as he recovers from major surgery on his back

Double Oscar winner, Sir Michael Caine, 89, is using a wheeled walking frame as he recovers from major surgery on his back

The Guyanese former model, 75, added: ‘He’s great. He’s recovering. He’s a strong man.

‘He’s a lion, actually. The operation was fantastic. He’ll be up and dancing again soon. ‘

The Zulu star, who had used a walking stick during public appearances since he broke his ankle in a nasty fall on ice in 2018, said earlier this year: ‘I have a spine problem which affects my leg, so I can’t walk very well. ‘

Anthea’s tributes to mum

Anthea Turner’s mother, Jean, didn’t live to see the TV presenter get married again, to socialite fiance Mark Armstrong.

Yesterday, Anthea was mourning Jean, who has died of pneumonia at the age of 91.

‘When I was much younger, I’d have railed against this but, I am my mother’s daughter and, on reflection, I’m ticking off a long list of thank-yous for the lessons she’s taught me,’ says the 61- year-old. ‘They begin with basic manners; table etiquette was high on her agenda; then skills – I’m not sure I’d have passed my Blue Peter audition if she hadn’t made me handy with scissors and glue. ‘

Jean was saddened by Anthea’s fall-out with her sister, Wendy, a fellow presenter best known for Channel 4’s Pet Rescue.

Wendy said in 2018 she had cut all ties to her older sister after a row over money she allegedly owed her.

Fancy going to bed with Robbie Williams? The pop star is bringing out his own range of pajamas. They will be created in collaboration with Australian fashion designer Camilla Franks. ‘It’s really, really comfortable and you feel really, really glam,’ the singer says of the set of jim-jams. ‘It’s like wearing a stage outfit, but they’re pajamas. It is a unique niche. ‘ With Take That, Williams did once sing Why Can’t I Wake Up With You…

Pinkham possy hits the trail

Prince Harry was pictured sporting a cowboy hat at a Texas rodeo earlier this year. Now, his old friend Natalie Pinkham is keen to saddle up.

The Sky Sports presenter, 44, who once suffered the indignity of being plastered over a newspaper in a boisterous embrace with Harry, attended a cowboy-themed fancy dress party over the weekend.

‘Yeehaw,’ says Pinkham, who wielded a toy gun in a frilly trim polka dot bustier, leather jacket and cowboy hat. Her TV executive husband, Owain Walbyoff, 39, also donned western-style gear.

Sky Sports presenter, Natalie Pinkham, 44, who once suffered the indignity of being plastered over a newspaper in a boisterous embrace with Harry, attended a cowboy-themed fancy dress party over the weekend

Sky Sports presenter, Natalie Pinkham, 44, who once suffered the indignity of being plastered over a newspaper in a boisterous embrace with Harry, attended a cowboy-themed fancy dress party over the weekend

She’s a protegee of fiery cook Gordon Ramsay, but Angela Hartnett has a far more scary critic – her own mother.

‘She has her moments, for sure,’ the Michelin-starred chef, 53, says of Giuliana, a former dinner lady and nanny whose parents emigrated to Wales from Italy.

‘If something isn’t right, she lets me know. And in the past I’ve made things and she’ll say, ‘No, this isn’t nice’, and she’ll throw it in the bin.

‘I would get more nervous cooking for my mum than I would for Gordon.’

Liam Neeson admits that reports he had fallen for a mystery woman while filming in Australia were the result of a joke he tried to make based on the title of one of his films: Taken. ‘It was b ****** s,’ confesses Neeson, who turns 70 next month. ‘I said,’ I fell in love, but she was taken. ‘ That’s a joke. ‘ The star says he’s still grieving his actress wife, Natasha Richardson, who died in a skiing accident in 2009 at the age of 45.

She’s a protegee of fiery cook Gordon Ramsay, but Angela Hartnett has a far more scary critic – her own mother.

‘She has her moments, for sure,’ the Michelin-starred chef, 53, says of Giuliana, a former dinner lady and nanny whose parents emigrated to Wales from Italy.

‘If something isn’t right, she lets me know. And in the past I’ve made things and she’ll say, ‘No, this isn’t nice’, and she’ll throw it in the bin.

‘I would get more nervous cooking for my mum than I would for Gordon.’

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