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EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: The daughter of acclaimed photographer Lord Snowdon and her art dealer husband have split

The late Lord Snowdon was never barred from expressing feelings, as he demonstrated when art dealer Rodolphe von Hofmannsthal asked his permission to marry his younger daughter, Frances Armstrong-Jones.

The acclaimed photographer responded without hesitation, giving his future son-in-law his blessing – and hugging him with joy.

But how would Snowdon react if he saw von Hofmannsthal today, if he were still alive? I ask because Rodolphe, 41, and Frances, 43, split after 16 years of marriage. “They haven’t made any headway for a while,” I was told. “They tried to keep it together for the kids but it just didn’t work out in the end. Rodolphe has moved out.”

Their union began with a glamorous society wedding at St George’s Church in Hanover Square, west London, at which Snowdon exuded fatherly pride as he gave Frances the gift, and to the Marchioness of Douro and Sienna Miller and her then suitor Jude Law. among the guests.

Also there, amid a crowd of Armstrong-Joneses, including France’s half-siblings David (then Viscount Linley) and Sarah Chatto, was the bubbly man of town Nicky Haslam, who praised Rodolphe for being both “exuberantly red-haired and extraordinarily bright”. ‘ and Frances for being ‘exquisite’ and ‘the proud owner of a 22-inch waist’. The couple (pictured left, 2004) have two children.

Lady Frances’ father – Tony Armstrong-Jones before he was knighted – had numerous affairs during his first marriage to Princess Margaret, including one with Frances’ mother Lucy Lindsay-Hogg.

Despite his 1978 marriage to Lucy – who gave birth to Frances seven months later – Snowdon was simultaneously romantically involved with journalist Ann Hills, who took her own life in 1996.

He then fathered a son, Jasper, in 1998 with another journalist, Melanie Cable-Alexander.

A spokesman for von Hofmannsthal, a director of the David Zwirner Gallery in London, declined to comment. Inquiries to Luncheon, the magazine Frances co-founded, went unanswered.

Porchey’s son rides to Holly’s defense

TV gold girl Holly Willoughby has been marred by claims of “queue jumping” after she and fellow This Morning star Phillip Schofield were accused of bypassing the 13-hour line of people waiting to see the Queen’s lie see.

However, now a friend of Her Majesty has rushed to Holly’s defense.

Harry Herbert – whose father “Porchey”, the 7th Earl of Carnarvon was race director and close confidant of the Queen – passionately declared: “You never got hired.”

He adds of the ITV presenters: “It’s terrible what they’re going through.”

(Very) modern manners…

Surely that’s no place for a lady?

Former ‘face of Ascot’ Martha, Lady Sitwell has stated that she plans to join OnlyFans.

This is the site whose content creators — some of whom are sex workers, some of whom offer content totally devoid of nudity — charge users for provocative and intimate photos, videos, and text messages.

“If I read erotic literature on OnlyFans, would you pay and how much?” she asked her admirers on Instagram.

The former wife of film producing Baronet Sir George Sitwell added: “Other suggestions (that do not mean the game will actually continue) are also welcome.”

Martha, 42, who divorced in 2017 and claims to be near bankruptcy, tells me she had “very positive reactions” to her comments. She adds: “I’m still working on it [country sports brand]Sitwell & Whippet, and I still write and model.”

TV Phil’s des res is even more desirable

As you might imagine, location, location, location host Phil Spencer has an enviable home — and he’s just gotten the green light to make it even more impressive.

The 52-year-old TV star has applied to East Hampshire Council to extend the stable block at his £4.3million country retreat.

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