Monday, September 24, 2007

Kate Middleton - and the Geordie Greig connection


Is there no end to the talents of the "Napoleonic" Tatler editor Geordie Greig? Not just a celebrity schmoozer par excellence - Britain's "best connected man", according to an Observer profile in 2005 - and a glittery satellite to sooooooooooo many major literary kings and queens, he is also, I discover, the unpaid PR adviser and agony uncle to Kate Middleton, no less.

In the last year or so, Greig has stretched his editorial condom into her media relations and guided many of Kate's public and private moves - why, he even advised her on how to play the game when Prince William dumped her and reel him in back to her bosom. I don't have a transcript but, post-the dump, Greig certainly did not discourage darling Kate from getting herself seen in various upmarket nightclubs or exhibiting her dazzling smile for the paps. The calculation, inter alia, was that the future heir to the throne might wonder what he was missing as (1) his then much- maligned ex-girlfriend failed to be seen boo-hooing into her premature "Wills & Kate" commemorative tea mug, as (2) various snobbish "sources" disgracefully rubbished her mother and family gene pool.

Greig is indeed a canny editor though I would seek to dissuade anyone from any cynical or reductive analysis of motive.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very clear what's going on here. If they marry, which was always likely according to all those in the know, he'd have a fast track to court.

Madame Arcati said...

This us an unduly cynical construction and is symptomatic of our base times. You can't even help a prospective future Queen without being accused of ambition. I weep for lost innocence.

Jenny Bond's husband said...

I think this is quite widely known, at least by Royal reporters, MA.
He's been briefing - off record, of course....

Anonymous said...

Any particular reason, Madame, why this story was labelled with Nicholas Coleridge's name?

Anonymous said...

This is so exciting! I think Mr Greig deserves to be awarded the highest honours for his sterling efforts in the Royal story mine. May his name live forever !

Madame Arcati said...

So that you may enjoy reading about Mr Greig's boss at Conde Nazi.

Anonymous said...

We all know who Geordie's boss is - just wondered if I had missed some coded reference to Mr Coleridge and his own motives within the story?

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Alastair said...

I'm I the only one who finds Mr Greig quite cute ? He did a great job at Tatler keeping the magazine Society based full of the aristocracy and upper class

Madame Arcati said...

He's cute in the way a dead shell-polished tortoise is cute.

Alastair said...

Kate Middleton once worked as a waitress for a company run by Rory Laing who used to be on The Apprentice. I wonder what he's up to these days