Coptic bishop from Harry and Meghan's wedding is drawn into legal row

EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Coptic bishop from Harry and Meghan’s wedding is drawn into legal row

When he led a prayer during Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, he was watched by millions around the world. Now, however, Archbishop Anba Angaelos is performing a much less welcome role.

I can disclose that the priest — the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Britain — has been drawn into a legal row over a disputed will. Beauty therapist Liping Liu says her boyfriend, Alphons Guirgues, repeatedly said he would leave her two flats in London but instead left his estate to the Coptic Orthodox Church Centre.

And the archbishop, awarded an OBE in 2015, and Rania Tadros, executors of the late Mr Guirgues’s estate, are named in Ms Liu’s High Court action.

Before his death, Mr Guirgues promised she would be a wealthy woman and would be well looked after in his will, she claims. But, after he died from cancer in 2021, she discovered that, rather than inheriting his two flats, together worth more than £800,000, he had left them to the church centre.

She is asking the court to transfer ownership of the two flats to her.

Archbishop Anba Angaelos (pictured right), who married Harry and Meghan, has been drawn into a row over a disputed will 

Ms Liu was working as a beauty therapist in China when she met Mr Guirgues in a Skype call, and flew to Egypt to visit him, a High Court claim says.

After a month, he told her he loved her, and wanted her to live with him in Egypt. He told her he was wealthy, owning properties in London and Brussels, and said that if she looked after him, he would look after her financially and she would inherit the London flats, as well as two flats in Belgium. But she is not claiming the Belgian flats.

A spokesman for the archbishop (above) stresses that no proceedings have been brought against him in a personal capacity or against the Herts-based Coptic Orthodox Church.

George Clooney is such a vocal backer of the Hollywood strikes that he donated at least £1million to support his out-ofwork colleagues.

Now, the double Oscar winner has found an ingenious way to attend the Venice International Film Festival despite a ban on promotional work during the dispute.

Actor George Clooney is attending the Venice International Film Festival as a plus-one for his wife to avoid a ban on promotional work during the Hollywood strikes

Clooney, 62, is in the Italian city as a ‘plus-one’ for his wife, British human rights lawyer Amal, 45, who will receive an accolade for her activism work at fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg’s DVF Awards tomorrow. 

‘George is accompanying her, so he won’t be breaching the strikes,’ a source tells me.

Clooney, who lives with Amal and their twins, Alex and Ella, in a £12million house by the Thames in Berkshire, called the Hollywood protests an ‘inflection point’ in the film business. ‘For our industry to survive that has to change,’ he declared. 

‘For actors, that starts now.’

She partied on holiday with Prince Michael of Kent this summer, but Princess Maria Chiara of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duchess of Noto and Capri, will not be enjoying a royal wedding any time soon.

Yesterday, the Italian royal, 18, (right) publicly dismissed reports that she was going out with Prince Christian of Denmark.

‘At first, this situation made me smile,’ she said. ‘However, over time, this rumour has exceeded the limits of common sense and has spiralled, becoming at odds with reality. While we all enjoy dreaming of fairy tales, what truly matters is reality.’

Princess Maria Chiara of Bourbon Two Sicilies has dismissed reports that she was going out with Prince Christian of Denmark

Asked if she has any regrets, Dame Joan Collins replies: ‘Some of the husbands. Two were OK — they gave me children. But two of them were not.’ 

Happily married to husband No 5, Percy Gibson, the Dynasty star has three children from her marriages to actor and singer-songwriter Anthony Newley and U.S. businessman Ron Kass. 

She had no children with her first, Northern Irish actor Maxwell Reed, or with her fourth, former singer Peter Holm. 

Dame Joanna Lumley’s character in Absolutely Fabulous, Patsy, didn’t eat and it seems that she is quite similar in real life. 

Her chum Ruby Wax spent ten days in Madagascar last year filming a desert island solo survival show. Lumley made a similar show almost 30 years ago — but Ruby jokes it was easier for Joanna to cope alone as the latter has no interest in food. 

Says Ruby: ‘Joanna didn’t eat, she doesn’t get hungry like the rest of us. ‘She’s the only one who’s ever done it before and everything she told me to do was hilarious and no help at all, like making a bra into a pair of shoes. I was in cyclone conditions… So I stabbed a crab with a machete because I was starving.’ 

Let’s hope King Charles manages to raise a smile at his 75th party in November.

John Brinkley, who previously hosted one of the King’s birthday bashes, recalls his less-than-thrilled reaction. 

John, who has run Brinkley’s restaurant in Chelsea, west London, for almost 40 years, says: ‘Charles had his 39th birthday here, which was organised by Fergie, and I remember him looking rather bored, I think, actually . . . with Diana.’

The King is advertising fo a ‘recruitment adviser’ to deal with ‘often unique challenges’, as he considers whether to bring back former right-hand man Michael Fawcett (pictured right)

As he considers whether to bring back his controversial former right-hand man, Michael Fawcett, for a third time, King Charles is advertising for a ‘recruitment adviser’ who can deal with ‘often unique challenges’.

Based at Buckingham Palace, the role pays up to £35,000 a year, plus benefits. The successful candidate will be part of a ‘relatively new . . . specialist recruitment team’. 

The advert on the royal website explains: ‘We’re looking for an experienced recruitment professional to lead a wide variety of recruitment campaigns for the Royal Household and Royal Collection Trust.’

It comes as the Palace is cutting down on staff. The Mail on Sunday disclosed at the weekend that the King plans to axe an estimated one in five middle managers.

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