|   | 

Karren Brady comes under fire for 'eyesore' scaffolding as she upgrades her new five-storey £6.4 million mansion in Belgravia

Karren Brady has decided that, as Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge, she should live in the style befitting a peeress of the realm. Just months after I disclosed that she was selling up in Birmingham, the 48-year-old Apprentice star has splashed out £6.425 million on a magnificent five-storey house in the stucco-fronted splendour of Belgravia, London’s most exclusive and expensive enclave.

When she was elevated to the peerage by David Cameron in 2014, she was accused of snubbing Birmingham, where she made her name, by choosing a swanky London district for her title.

Her new Grade II-listed property clearly offers room for improvement, as she has decided to spend some of her £85 million fortune on making extensive renovations.

Baroness Brady: 'You can’t determine where you start in life, but you can determine where you end up.'

Baroness Brady: 'You can’t determine where you start in life, but you can determine where you end up.'

Baroness Brady has spent £6.425 million on a magnificent five-storey house in the stucco-fronted splendour of Belgravia

Baroness Brady has spent £6.425 million on a magnificent five-storey house in the stucco-fronted splendour of Belgravia

These include the installation of new ceramic and stone tile floors — with ‘wet’ underfloor heating — as well as the installation of electric underfloor heating in the bathrooms. But the most significant element of the renovation is the addition of a basement under the rebuilt rear extension, to be used according to planning documents, as a ‘family room’.

Brady has also secured permission for the installation of a satellite dish, ‘mounted on [a] chimney [and] not seen from street level’. Her new home is already shrouded in scaffolding ready for the work ahead, prompting alarm from neighbours.

One resident described the ongoing building work as an ‘eyesore’, adding: ‘I have paid a huge sum of money [for my home], only to look at the hideous and ugly scaffolding. How long, pray, will it be up for? It is extremely ugly.’

Brady moved to the Midlands after encouraging her boss, the publisher David Sullivan, to buy Birmingham City Football Club and put her in charge aged just 23. She later married Birmingham player Paul Peschisolido, with whom she has two children.

Last year she was made chairman of Taveta, the company behind Sir Philip Green’s empire.

Born and brought up in Edmonton, North London, she also has a flat in Knightsbridge, close to Harrods. Doubtless she’ll be reflecting on the wisdom adorning her website: ‘You can’t determine where you start in life, but you can determine where you end up.’ Which, in her case, is certainly not Birmingham.

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Tessa Dahl is back in court on theft charge

The agony continues for Tessa Dahl, 60-year-old daughter of author Roald Dahl. Yesterday, she was due to appear at Torrington Superior Courthouse, Connecticut, charged with larceny (theft), following her arrest last November, when she left the £140-a-night Interlaken Inn after running up a bill of £3,970.

Tessa with her father, the legendary writer Roald Dahl
Tessa has a complicated relationship with her supermodel daughter, Sophie, pictured here for the Dahl family photograph in 2001

Tessa with her father, the legendary writer Roald Dahl (left) and with her supermodel daughter Sophie, pictured in 2001 (right)

Her lawyer Mark Sherman told me last week that the Inn had been ‘paid in full’ and that, accordingly, he and his client were expecting ‘a quick resolution’. But it seems he was too optimistic — the case has been postponed until February 20. Tessa has yet to enter a plea. 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 

My mum's a stunner, says Chelsy 

Prince Harry called his fiancee Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, ‘amazing’ when they met for the first time last year.

Beverley Donald (above) can be seen soaking up the South African sun

Beverley Donald (above) can be seen soaking up the South African sun

And now his ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy is keen to show off her own mother — once Harry’s potential future in-law — by sharing this snap, captioned ‘hot mamma’, online. Sporting an animal-print bikini top while soaking up the rays in South Africa, it’s not hard to see why Beverley Donald, 58, was crowned Miss Rhodesia in 1973.

During Harry’s seven-year romance with Chelsy, he spent time in Cape Town with her mother and multi-millionaire father Charles, who runs hunting business HHK Safaris.

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

The Queen: 'This crown belongs to me' 

The Queen: no illusions about who owns the crown

The Queen: no illusions about who owns the crown

Alastair Bruce, the Royal commentator who conducts a revealing conversation with the Queen for the BBC’s Coronation documentary, recalled a moment when Her Majesty grasped for the Imperial State Crown, placed just out of her reach. Instantly a team of Royal Crown Jewellers intervened to pick up the table upon which the crown stood, ushering the whole thing towards the monarch. ‘Well, you know, it is my Crown,’ said the Queen, Bruce revealed.

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

The Beatles’ former hairdresser Leslie Cavendish has recalled how he incurred the wrath of John Lennon after letting slip to a magazine that the singer’s hair was ‘less thick than the others’. Recalls Cavendish: ‘John phoned and I grovelled, crying, “I’m so sorry”’. To which Lennon replied: ‘I should ask you, am I going f***in’ bald? Because you’d better come over straight away and stick it together before it all falls out.’ 

Tags News

ABOUT THE AUTHOR celebrityrave

Journalist, writer and broadcaster, based in London and Paris, her latest book is Touché: A French Woman's Take on the English. Read more articles from Agnes.

related articles

Celebrity News

Quis autem vel eum iure reprehenderit qui in ea voluptate velit esse quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum qui dolorem?

SUBSCRIBE

quotes

Everyone went outside to smoke cloves and bitch about having to stay after for the State.

Jon Stewart on events following Charles — January 19, 1999