Publisher of The Lady appoints his WIFE as its new editor

Publisher of The Lady appoints his WIFE as its new editor

October 11, 2022

EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Publisher of The Lady – Britain’s longest-running women’s magazine – appoints his WIFE as its new editor in yet another controversial move after putting HIMSELF on furlough during the pandemic, costing the taxpayer £2,500 per month

As the stateliest and oldest women’s magazine in Britain, The Lady should have no shortage of candidates to be its new editor.

Its owner, Ben Budworth, has, however, decided there was only suitable person for the job.

‘He’s appointed his wife,’ a shocked source tells me.

Helen Budworth was already the managing editor of the monthly publication, known for its ads for butlers and maids. Illustrious past contributors including Nancy Mitford and Lewis Carroll.

Budworth, 59, declines to discuss his appointment process.

‘I won’t be making any comment,’ he tells me, before using language that would horrify the readers of his ‘journal for gentlewomen’, founded by his great-grandfather in 1885. ‘You and your troupe can take a copy of the Daily Mail and shove it up your a***, as far as I am concerned.’

As the stateliest and oldest women’s magazine in Britain, The Lady should have no shortage of candidates to be its new editor. Pictured: Helen Robinson and Ben Budworth

The magazine confirms Helen Budworth is now ‘Acting Editor’. It remains to be seen whether it becomes a permanent position.

Mr Budworth, who lives with his wife at Bylaugh Hall, a stately home in Norfolk, where he keeps his private helicopter, was criticised after putting himself on furlough during the pandemic, trousering nearly £2,500 a month of taxpayers’ money.

He previously appalled his three brothers and his redoubtable mother, Julia, by selling the splendid Covent Garden HQ and relocating The Lady to Borehamwood, in Hertfordshire, earning himself £12.4 million.

Mr Budworth, who lives with his wife at Bylaugh Hall, a stately home in Norfolk, where he keeps his private helicopter, was criticised after putting himself on furlough during the pandemic, trousering nearly £2,500 a month of taxpayers’ money

I disclosed last week that Budworth had parted ways with the editor, Maxine Frith, who had been at the helm since 2019.

The magazine featured in a memorable Channel 4 documentary, The Lady and The Revamp, in 2010 when Boris Johnson’s sister, Rachel, was editor.

Holly husband’s firm down £1.6m

Accused of ‘queue-jumping’ at the Queen’s lying-in-state, Holly Willoughby is not the only member of her family who seems to be going through a turbulent period.

Her husband Dan Baldwin’s TV production company has just published its accounts and they make for surprising reading.

Accused of ‘queue-jumping’ at the Queen’s lying-in-state, Holly Willoughby is not the only member of her family who seems to be going through a turbulent period

Figures for Hungry Bear Media Ltd show that its net assets plunged by a staggering £1.6 million last year, from £1.83 million in 2020 to £256,000. The number of employees, meanwhile, was slashed from 38 to 20.

The firm, which Baldwin founded in 2014, has created programmes including Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, as well as Feel The Fear With Wim Hof, on which Willoughby was a presenter.

A spokesman declines to comment.

He may have turned 60 this year but Michael Ball still has female fans all of a flutter. ‘The weirdest was when someone gave me a packed suitcase and a ticket to Rhyl,’ the singer recalls. ‘She wanted me to spend the weekend with her in a caravan.

‘When I told Cathy [his partner, Cathy McGowan], she laughed and said, “If you want to go, I’ll drive you to the station.”’

Toff night out is a bit of a dog’s dinner!

I’m A Celebrity winner Georgia Toffolo has found the perfect way to master the urban jungle: she takes her dog with her when she hits the town.

First, the brown King Charles spaniel puppy, Monty, was tied up outside Sexy Fish restaurant in Mayfair. The former Made In Chelsea star, 27, was seen feeding him a big beef bone.

I’m A Celebrity winner Georgia Toffolo has found the perfect way to master the urban jungle: she takes her dog with her when she hits the town

‘Toff’ later headed to 5 Hertford Street, a private members’ club, and Monty was later seen enthusiastically greeting her in a car outside in the early hours

‘Toff’ later headed to 5 Hertford Street, a private members’ club, and Monty was later seen enthusiastically greeting her in a car outside in the early hours.

Georgia’s rumoured fiance, financier ‘Posh George’ Cottrell, was not seen. Perhaps he felt three would be a crowd?

Given he helped destroy his party, former Lib Dem leader Sir Nick Clegg is unlikely to dabble in politics in a hurry, but perhaps his Spanish wife, Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, might.

As part of International Day Of The Girl, Lady Clegg shared a photo of herself as a child. ‘This little girl wanted to be a politician, just like her father,’ she wrote. ‘She has not given up yet on fulfilling her dream.’

Given he helped destroy his party, former Lib Dem leader Sir Nick Clegg is unlikely to dabble in politics in a hurry, but perhaps his Spanish wife, Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, might

For which party, though? Her father, Jose Antonio Gonzalez Caviedes, rose through the ranks of General Franco’s fascist party and was appointed as a mayor four months before the dictator died.

Curtis’s romantic regrets

Jamie Lee Curtis once asserted that she had ‘never been promiscuous’, saying she could count her lovers ‘on two hands’.Now, the star of Trading Places and A Fish Called Wanda says she looks back to ‘some people I maybe wish I hadn’t slept with’.

Curtis, 63, is officially Lady Haden-Guest, courtesy of the title inherited by her husband, film director Christopher Guest.

Jamie Lee Curtis once asserted that she had ‘never been promiscuous’, saying she could count her lovers ‘on two hands’. Now, the star of Trading Places and A Fish Called Wanda says she looks back to ‘some people I maybe wish I hadn’t slept with’

Speaking to Jackie Brambles on the Greatest Hits Radio app, she declines to name names. Does that unsettle or reassure old flames like Adam Ant, Shaun Cassidy and guitarist Johnny Lee Schell?

Under fire for apparently being biased towards male contestants on Strictly Come Dancing, Shirley Ballas also seems to be annoying fellow judge Craig Revel Horwood, who’s taken an acidic dig at her.

‘She seems to get great pleasure from contradicting me this year, doesn’t she?’ he says. ‘She’s heading for a big fight, I reckon. She’s got that feistiness in her. She really went for my jugular in the first live shows and you’ll see she has continued to. What can I say — I haven’t even started with Shirley, darling.’ Handbags at dawn?

Spare a thought for the bride at a society wedding on Saturday.

What should have been a day of limitless joy was marred by tragedy when, in an awful echo of Four Weddings And A Funeral, a guest was suddenly taken ill and, despite being rushed to hospital, died that afternoon.

‘The mood was sombre after the death,’ a source tells me.

‘However, the bride and groom decided to go ahead with the rest of the day’s celebrations.’

In Four Weddings, a guest, Gareth, played by Simon Callow, died after a heart attack at the reception.

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