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The Royal Family and the Media - Striking the Balance

The relationship between the Royals and the media has always been a delicate one. Ideally it is symbiotic. When it becomes parasitic, the Royals hit out. -- writes Luisa Baldini on the BBC website -- she goes on to quote my recent book "A Brief Life of the Queen".

In the early 1980s, the Queen", the monarch invited the editors of Fleet Street to discuss what might be done to alleviate the pressure the Princess of Wales was feeling at the hands of the media.

On one occasion she had been photographed buying sweets in a village shop.

Model Woman: Eileen Ford and the Styling of Global Fashion

MODEL WOMAN is the heroic story of an extraordinary woman. Best-selling author Robert Lacey casts Eileen Ford as a female icon of our times who, with her husband Jerry Ford, invented the modern model-agency business and nurtured such major talents as Suzy Parker, Lauren Hutton, Christie Brinkley, Jerry Hall, Brook Shields and Kim Basinger, as well as stars like Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington who still dominate the model scene.