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TALK OF THE TOWN: Roald Dahl's granddaughter hasn't given up her day job despite Netflix deal

Here’s the face of the cat that got the cream. It’s Roald Dahl’s stunning granddaughter Phoebe who was rejoicing in Africa last week when news broke that she will get a percentage of the £500 million Netflix deal with her family, brokered by her cousin Luke Kelly.

Intriguingly, despite whispers that Phoebe could be pocketing around two per cent, or £10 million, of the money paid by the entertainment company for the rights to her grandfather’s children’s books, Phoebe hasn’t given up her day job hosting tourists at a wildlife resort in Kenya.

Last week she told pals: ‘Exciting news!!! As you guys might know, I recently moved to Kenya to live in the bush amongst elephants... Come adventure with me. I’d love more than anything to share this experience with you and the magic of Africa that captured my heart!’ An heiress with a famous surname who actually has a job? Surely it’s the stuff of fairy tales?

Roald Dahl’s granddaughter Phoebe (pictured above) was rejoicing in Africa last week when news broke that she will get a percentage of the £500 million Netflix deal with her family

Roald Dahl, pictured above. There are whispers that Phoebe could be pocketing around two per cent, or £10 million, of the money paid by the entertainment company for the rights to her grandfather’s children’s books

Meanwhile, a little birdie whispers in my ear that the Netflix deal is all about plans to create a Charlie And The Chocolate Factory franchise to rival that of Star Wars, Marvel and even Winnie The Pooh.

A source said Netflix bought the rights because they are lagging behind in own-branding.

As the world waited for news of a name for Princess Beatrice and her husband Edo Mapelli Mozzi’s first baby, Jack Brooksbank revealed that he and wife Princess Eugenie intend to call their second child (when it arrives)… September! 

Jack and Eugenie have an eight-month-old son named August, and he told me at Percy’s nightclub in Kensington, where his tequila brand Casamigos has a bar, that Eugenie’s sister is under strict instructions not to take this month’s name for her daughter as ‘that’s what we’re calling our next one!’ 

He may have been joking, but how thrilling to know they are already thinking of baby number two!

Jack Brooksbank revealed that he and wife Princess Eugenie (both pictured above) intend to call their second child (when it arrives)… September!

Tory fibs and whoppers

What is it about Tory Ministers and the truth? From beyond the grave, a wretchedly unchivalrous claim by Mrs Thatcher’s Defence Minister Alan Clark has deeply distressed Dame Joan Collins.

In the memoirs of veteran TV documentary-maker Michael Cockerell, serialised in The Mail on Sunday, the prolific adulterer is reported to have boasted that he’d once slept with the actress. An indignant Dame Joan says it’s a shameful lie.

We’re sorry if we managed to upset her.

Not only did she never meet Clark, who died in 1999, but she had to Google his name to establish who he was. She would have then discovered that Clark had a complex relationship with the truth – having admitted to being ‘economical with the actualité’ during a court case in 1982 when he lied to cover up the Government’s approval of exports of bomb-making equipment to Saddam Hussein. Proof that Mrs T’s pet mischief-maker even got a kick out of confessing to be a liar.

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