He is Britain’s largest private landowner, possessor of 221,000 acres comprising 13 of Scotland’s finest estates, which he intends to ‘return to the wild’.
Now Danish fashion tycoon Anders Holch Povlsen, who recently suffered the ‘incomprehensible’ loss of three of his four children to Islamist suicide bombers in Sri Lanka, is demonstrating that his commitment to the people of Scotland remains undiminished.
The Asos billionaire is in talks — which began before the Easter Day atrocities — to help NHS Highland build a new ‘health hub’ with a medical centre and nursing and care home for the benefit of those living in isolated communities in Sutherland on Scotland’s north-west coast.
Anders Holch Povlsen and wife Anne Storm Pedersen have confirmed the names of their three children killed in the Sri Lanka terror attack, while saying they are ‘deeply grateful’ for the support their family has received since the tragedy
Tim Kirkwood, chief executive of Wildland Limited, the company which Povlsen and his wife Anne established to protect and sustain some of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes, explains his intention.
‘The reason Anders wants to do this is he wants something everyone can be proud of, over the longer term,’ Kirkwood tells me.
Wildland is in discussions with the Church of Scotland about buying five acres of church land at the remote coastal village of Tongue.
Once the acquisition is complete, Kirkwood says: ‘Wildland will assist with additional funding over and above the core funding [from the NHS] to ensure that a really good care home is built on this site.’
Povlsen, 46, first visited Scotland as a child and has been entranced by the country ever since. Recently he contributed to the funding of the North Coast 500 — a 500-mile coastal road through some of Scotland’s most breathtaking scenery, much of which is now safeguarded for posterity by Wildland.
‘He was and remains keen to see an excellent development for the care of people in the community,’ says Kirkwood of Povlsen’s latest project.
‘It is early days, but it is an ambition and it is gaining support from various stakeholders and the local community.’
The death of Mr Polvsen’s three children came just days after he revealed plans to pass on his estates in Scotland – where he is the country’s largest land-owner – to them after he died
Little Archie Mountbatten-Windsor is only days old, but he already has a sausage named in his honour. Royal butcher HM Sheridan has created the Dumbarton Sausage, a reference to the baby’s likely title, the Earl of Dumbarton. Manager Grant Anderson says: ‘The sausage has chilli in it because we heard Meghan likes hot sauce and there’s a hint of ginger, because of Harry.’
Love on the ocean wave for James and his girl
The Duchess of Cambridge’s brother James Middleton has always tried to keep his love life private.
So it is very telling that the 32-year-old entrepreneur posted his first-ever selfie with his girlfriend, financial expert Alizee Thevenet, 30, on social media this week. The smiling couple, who started dating last year, looked besotted in matching red jumpers out at sea. ‘Sail away with me,’ writes entrepreneur James.
No such public displays of affection were made during his five-year on/off romance with actress Donna Air, 39.
32-year-old entrepreneur James Middleton poses on a boat with financial expert Alizee Thevenet, 30
Sir Derek Jacobi clearly enjoyed starring opposite Johnny Depp in Sir Kenneth Branagh’s film Murder On The Orient Express.
‘I was playing Johnny Depp’s butler, and I didn’t know how that would go,’ Jacobi says. ‘Big star, big diva . . . I was a bit wary of Johnny at first. But he was lovely. And in the tiny bit I had with him, he had to shout at me. And he said to Ken: “I can’t shout at Derek Jack-o-bee!” I fell in love with him immediately.’
£1million of bling for the Riviera set
Decked out in £1 million of Boodles diamonds, Hollywood star Julia Stiles arrived in a Rolls-Royce for the series two premiere of Sky’s Riviera at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea.
The 38-year-old lead actress, who also wore a sparkling £4,608 Pamella Roland dress, jokes: ‘If Shakespeare and the Greeks had a love-child it would be season two of Riviera.’
Hollywood star Julia Stiles arrived in a Rolls-Royce for the series two premiere of Sky’s Riviera
Willowy model Poppy Delevingne, sported a Ralph Lauren black and gold halterneck gown. The 33-year-old says: ‘My big sister Chloe was livid with me for doing this show.
‘She was like, “You’ve ruined it because I know it’s going to be you being you.”
Strictly co-host Claudia Winkleman, whose husband Kris Thykier is a producer on the show, looked chic in a pink ruffle blouse. ‘I never buy from charity shops but sometimes my friends and I swap clothes,’ she tells me.
‘We try to recycle that way.’
Poppy Delevingne and Claudia Winkleman the Premiere Screening for the new season of Sky Original “Riviera” at The Saatchi Gallery
TV’s Julia Bradbury may have come late to motherhood — at 40 and again at 44 — but she is young at heart. ‘Having children at this stage has re-awakened the child in me,’ the 48-year-old says. ‘Last winter we rolled in leaves for two hours in the garden. As an adult, you can’t do that unless you’re with kids.’ I don’t know…
Tatler cover-girl Sabrina Percy is getting her breath back after hiking up the Stromboli volcano in Sicily with boyfriend Phineas Page. ‘It was so mind-blowing because it was exploding with lava,’ says Sabrina. ‘People get wrapped up in city life and by going up volcanoes you can see a hole into the Earth and it puts things into perspective.’
Why Wintour cold-shouldered Star Trek’s Alice
Trevor Eve’s Star Trek actress daughter Alice turned out to support him at the launch of his thriller Lomita For Ever looking more appropriately dressed for the camp-themed Met Gala in New York.
Sporting a fuchsia pink £972 Jacquemus mini dress, she told me she has never been invited to the annual jamboree. Alice, 37, believes a risque photoshoot in Maxim magazine in which she wore a transparent lace top made her persona non grata with Gala host Anna Wintour.
‘I was told Anna wouldn’t like it and wouldn’t invite me to the Met, but Paramount advised me to do it,’ she tells me, at Hatchards in London. ‘I’m not sad to miss it. I’m sure it’s stressful.’
Trevor Eve’s Star Trek actress daughter Alice turned out to support him at the launch of his thriller Lomita For Ever