FAMILY PORTRAIT: Simon Astaire is revving up his pr machine for Princess Michael of Kent. From his agency in London, Astaire aims to groom the princess’ public image since she has been nicknamed “Princess Pushy” by the British media because of her recent rent-dodging in Kensington Palace —”No rent please, we’re royal.” Astaire, however, is adept at the royal makeover, having been introduced to the Kents by their son Lord Frederick Windsor, who’s now trying to shed his party-boy image and build a career as a film producer.
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SKY FITS HEAVEN: Madonna’s traditional English lifestyle seems to have taken a topple, given her recent decision to ban all shooting of pheasants and partridges on Ashcombe House, her $13.5 million, 1,200-acre country estate in Wiltshire — regarded as one of the finest sporting estates in England. The dramatic change of heart came about when Madonna — who previously joined her husband, Guy Ritchie, enthusiastically on shoots, as well as took lessons at the West London Shooting School — discovered that according to the Jewish mystical teachings of the Kabala, the souls of thousands of dead game birds will come back to haunt her. Although the decision is said to have caused a rift between the couple (Ritchie’s an avid hunter), she will certainly have the support of her pal Stella McCartney, who recently took a shot (in the press) at Madonna wearing a lamb coat.
KATE THE GREAT: Piled on a few pounds over the holidays? Well Kate Moss, who is apparently concerned about the size of her derriere, is taking action. Since giving birth to Lila Grace two months ago, the new mom is said to be having difficulty shedding the weight she gained, so she has headed off to a rented villa in Thailand with her friend Sadie Frost — and a hired chef to prepare a low-fat diet.