After Prince William temporarily ended his relationship with Kate Middleton two years ago, Princess Madeleine of Sweden, the youngest daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, was briefly mooted as a possible replacement.
William was certainly not alone in being impressed by the 27-year-old princess's beauty, but now, alas, she is taken. Sweden's royal palace announced yesterday that she was engaged to Jonas Bergstroem, a 30-year-old lawyer whom she had been dating for seven years.
No date has been set for the wedding, but Princess Madeleine, who works for the World Childhood Foundation in Stockholm, will presumably have to wait until after her elder sister, Crown Princess Victoria, 31, marries Daniel Westling, a 35-year-old entrepreneur, in June next year.
As the local worthies prepare to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Chiswick Flyover in West London next month, a reader tells me there is a story behind how Jayne Mansfield was chosen to cut the ribbon.
Christian Ingerslev, the son of Eric Ingerslev, the boss of the company which built the flyover, says Ernest Marples, the transport minister, had decreed there was to be no opening as he had been irked that the company had submitted its tender for the job too late in the day.
Ingerslev's father decided to organise the opening off his own bat, persuading Miss Mansfield, who was in town for a Royal Variety Performance, to do the honours. Marples was livid.
Another reader, Toby McDonald, tells me that his father, John, closed the flyover on the day it opened after crashing his car on the approach to it.
And, contrary to reports elsewhere, I will not myself be hosting a cheese and wine party beneath the flyover. The things people write in gossip columns.
A shift of gear
Zac Goldsmith lambasts Top Gear in his book, The Constant Economy, saying it promotes a "fantasy" that people can "push a Ferrari over 150mph with impunity". Road safety is a difficult one for Zac: he was once chastised by road safety campaigners for rolling a cigarette while driving.