Richard Johnson: Princess Diana’s rumored high-profile romance ‘The Crown’ left out

The fifth season of “The Crown,” which focuses on Princess Diana’s failed marriage and affairs, is meticulous about details.

But creator Peter Morgan left out Diana’s widely rumored fling with rugby player Will Carling.

Will’s wife, British TV anchor Julia Carling infamously sent Di a copy of the dating bestseller “The Rules” by Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider on her 35th birthday, July 1, 1996, and circled “don’t date a married man.”

“There are some fantastic things in this book,” Carling told The Daily Mirror.

If only Di had heeded the advice, and steered clear of Dodi Fayed, who was engaged when they met. The lovers perished together in a car crash in Paris.


Hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman isn’t always right, and he can admit it when he’s wrong.

As crypto exchange FTX was going bust, and its chief executive Sam Bankman-Fried was apologizing, Ackman tweeted:

“You have to give @SBF_FTX credit for his accountability here. I don’t know any of the facts, but I have never before seen a CEO take responsibility as he does here. It reflects well on him and the possibility of a more favorable outcome.”

Bankman-Fried apologized multiple times for the demise of FTX which filed for bankruptcy, dropping his net worth from $16 billion to $0.

Wall Streeters guessed that Ackman was an investor in FTX, but he told me, “I have nothing to do with FTX or Sam Bankman-Fried as an investor or otherwise.”

Ackman was traveling and had an early morning meeting in LA.

“The first thing I saw about FTX was Sam Bankman-Fried’s long apologetic post where he appeared to take responsibility and I commented on the situation. Normally I am used to CEO’s taking their lawyer’s advice and saying nothing so I thought it was unusual and even admirable so I tweeted,” said Ackman, who took the post down a few minutes later.

“So much for commenting without knowing the facts. My new program is to not push tweet when I begin a post with ‘While I don’t know any of the facts…’”


Chris Noth lost some friends when four women accused him of sexual assault.

But Noth, Mr. Big in “Sex and the City,” never lost the friendship of Noel Ashman, the nightclub impresario now directing movies.

“I have not said anything publicly until now about the accusations that were leveled against him last year because he did not want me to get involved fearing that I would somehow be hurt if I did,” Ashman wrote on Instagram.

“But now I need to speak out because the truth needs to be told.”

Ashman claims he was with Noth during two of the “alleged incidents.”

“What he was accused of simply did not occur,” Ashman stated.

“I have dated, and been in love with women who were assaulted earlier in their lives … and i have seen first hand how much it effects their everyday lives and it is heartbreaking to me.”

Four women accused Noth of sexual abuses ranging from rape to groping in Los Angeles and New York. After the allegations, Noth was fired from the CBS series, “The Equalizer” and Peloton spiked an ad in which he was scheduled to appear as the “Sex in the City” character Mr. Big.

I would never defend a man who I believe would physically hurt a woman,” Ashman wrote.

Among the 30,000 people who liked the post are Yankee legend David Wells and actors Jason Cerbone, Holt McCallany and Paul Borghese.


Jane Holzer, the Warhol superstar, launched a new art warehouse in Palm Beach, Fla., with a group show of Aktion Art painters.

Aktion founder Nick Hissom celebrated with mother Andrea Wynn, his boyfriend Kameron Ramirez, and Olympic gold medalist swimmer Conor Dwyer.

The party raged into the early hours, as guests danced beneath a 4-foot rotating disco ball that had to be craned in.


An Emmy award found in the trash ten years ago was broken over the face of an actor playing a rapist in the filming of “Enter Requiem.”

Low-budget auteur Eric Rivas, of the “Vamp Bikers” trilogy, cast Ismail Cekic in his latest adventure, and Cekic sacrificed the Emmy he found a decade ago in the scene where a rapist meets street justice.

“We tried unsuccessfully to find the owner,” Rivas said. “Now we’re using it as a prop.”

The Emmy was broken in the violent scene, but Cekic is getting it repaired.


Aura Copeland, the lithe Lithuanian who teaches art to underprivileged children in Haiti and Mexico, has expanded her Les Couleurs charity’s focus to include Nepal.

She drew 300 people to Somewhere Nowhere in Chelsea, including Nepal’s most famous transgender model, Anjali Lama, who showed off her catwalk skills by modeling several designs by Ukrainian designers.

The event, co-hosted by Omar Amanat, the original co-founder of Aman Hotels, honored Zach Hirsch, who hosts a sports podcast with Jadakiss, “Kiss and the Myst.”


Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman is a sexual abuse survivor, has admitted she has trouble when other people tell her their stories of abuse.

At the Hope For Depression Research Foundation’s annual luncheon, Raisman said, “Pretty much no matter where I go people come up to me and sometimes graphically go into detail about their abuse and I get triggered very easily.”

“And I used to feel so guilty saying, I’m so sorry to interrupt you, but if you go in a graphic detail, I literally won’t be able to sleep for three months. It affects me so much.”


Mr. Brainwash, whose art has been collected by Kim Kardashian, Rick Ross and Madonna, has a one-man show at Carlton Fine Arts on Madison Ave.

The artist rose to fame in 2010 when mysterious artist Banksy produced the documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop” about Mr. Brainwash’s life.

Over 100 new works will be shown, and the gallery’s five-story building has been wrapped in Mr. Brainwash’s images of Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein and Michael Jackson’s chimp.


Martha Stewart doesn’t want to be a home-wrecker.

Harper’s Magazine reports Stewart told Chelsea Handler on Handler’s podcast that she is constantly falling for men who are already married.

“You want to believe that maybe this relationship that they are in is temporary,” Handler said.

“Or maybe they [the wife] will die. I always think, ‘Oh gosh, couldn’t that person just die?’” Stewart said. “Not painfully. Just die.”

“Just pass away,” Handler said.

“Yeah,” Stewart repiled. “But it hasn’t worked out.”