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Royal Notes From All Over: Prince William has persuaded his father, Prince Charles, to arrange for Kate Middleton, William’s girlfriend, to begin training with royal press representatives at Clarence House, where Charles lives. The idea is to teach Kate how to handle the extraordinary stress of media attention she is bound to receive as the relationship continues. They have not forgotten what happened to Prince William’s mother.

This news is being taken as a sign the pretty 23-year-old brunette is moving up another rung on the royal ladder. More than just ski trips and private dinners with the Queen who, by the way, is said to like Kate very much indeed. The sweethearts met at St. Andrew’s University in Scotland four years ago and spent most of their college years living together in a house off campus, but during that period, the press was practically under oath to leave them alone. In spite of all this hoo-ha, there is absolutely no talk of marriage. The 23-year-old prince has made clear that he would not even consider it until he is 28. That said, a late June ceremony in 2010 sounds possible, taking into account that as time goes by, there’s many a slip between royal cup and royal lip.

Right now, Prince William is working on the Duke of Devonshire‘s farm at Chatsworth, the great country estate. He is not exactly tilling the soil, but he is learning a lot about real estate.

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Members of Kate Moss‘ family are suggesting that after she leaves her 30 days of penance at that rehabilitation center in Arizona, she may move on to another facility for additional treatment. Whatever happens, the poor butterfly is clinging to a cliff and the only one who can save her is herself.

There are the horrendous legal problems she has to face before she can return to England in an effort to pick up her career (on the bright side, several European designers are hinting they might use her in their shows next year to demonstrate support for her recovery). There is also talk about finding a role for her in warning young people about the danger of drugs. First of all, let’s let her get well, shall we?

This story first appeared in the October 7, 2005 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

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The new man in Gale Hayman‘s life is Dr. Richard Bockman, the renowned and highly regarded New York endocrinologist. It’s getting to look a lot like love. At a dinner party at Gale’s Manhattan apartment, she was glowing and Dr. Bockman was close to it. Gale, who created a cosmetics empire and was responsible for the phenomenal success of that knock-your-jeans-off perfume called Giorgio, is recently divorced. Dr. Bockman’s divorce will follow soon.

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The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s preview party for The International Fine Art and Antique Dealer’s Show will be held Oct. 20 at the Park Avenue Armory. The evening is sponsored for the second year by Graff — all those diamonds — and Bill Blass, which have each ponied up $100,000. There were a lot of Bill Blass’ designs around at the kickoff party at Kenneth Joseph‘s and his wife, Robyn‘s, apartment, where Robyn was wearing a shimmering silk sheath with a gold belt that was not to be missed. As models in full evening fig leaned on the grand piano wearing $20 million worth of white and fancy colored diamonds and sapphires, such guests as Muffie Potter Aston in a white cashmere pearl-encrusted sweater over slim black pants, Arie and Coco Kopelman, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Nicole Limbocker, and Leslie and Peter Jones mingled and mingled and mingled.

The cocktail party honored this year’s chairwoman, Susan Bodnar, in a snakeskin skirt and black blouse, and Lavinia Snyder, in a champagne-colored jacket set off by her own white and yellow diamond grass bracelets. The connoisseur chairmen of the show are Pat Buckley and Jamie Niven and the vice chairmen include such swells as Emilia and Pepe Fanjul, Christine and Stephen Schwarzman, and Hilary and Joe Califano. Eugenie Niven is the junior chairman of the evening.

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Mai Harrison, who is on the advisory board of the New York Botanical Garden along with Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer, will be the mistress of ceremonies at the fashion show of Chie Imai’s new Flying Fantasy fur collection on Tuesday on the St. Regis roof. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the Botanical Garden, which was founded in 1891. Brooke Astor, Vartan Gregorian and the Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury all serve as distinguished counselors to the garden’s board, so I hope you’re impressed. Among those who have promised to perch in the front row are Cornelia Guest, Anne Hearst, Barbara de Portago and Karen LeFrak.

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The American Ballet Theatre will celebrate its black-tie opening night fall gala on Oct. 19 with its forever dazzling stars kicking up their toes, heels and other body parts, while dancing gems from Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp and Agnes de Mille. Muffie Potter and Sherrell Aston, Arlene and Harvey Blau, Grace Hightower and Robert De Niro and Julia and David Koch are the co-chairmen of the evening at City Center and the dinner afterwards at the Pierre Hotel. Dress fancy. They’ll like that.

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I know you all care desperately that Britney Spears is doing what she thinks is appropriate to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. No, the dear girl is not sending fast food to New Orleans — she’s keeping that for herself — but she’s donating her cast-offs, including a jewel-encrusted silver bra, a bikini and a two-piece sofa from her house to be auctioned on eBay. Never mind that bra, which has already reached nearly $10,000, or the bikini — it’s that two-piece sofa that’s the real eye-catcher, ha, ha, ha. Bidding will continue this weekend, if you can’t live without a piece of Britney, so to speak.

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I’m sure you also care desperately that Jennifer Lopez thinks her stomach is not as flat as it used to be. She says, “People are like, ‘Your stomach is flat!’ But I’m like, ‘It used to be really flat, like it was concave.’ But I love my body, it hasn’t betrayed me.” Like she was never raised to be pencil-thin. Like she was never raised not to say ‘like, like, like.’

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The American Cancer Society’s fall theater benefit is set for Oct. 18 at the Brooks Atkinson Theater. Guests will get to see Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick costarring in “The Odd Couple,” which should be odd enough for anybody. After the performance there is a dinner at “21.”

<p>Coco Kopelman</p>

Photo By: Steve Eichner

<p>Jamee Gregory</p>

Photo By: Steve Eichner

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