Gwyneth and her Spanish castle…Zara Phillips on the town…Whitney’s real life…Chanel’s sweet suite.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow

Photo By Steve Eichner

The Reign in Spain * Whitney’s Real Life * Chanel’s Sweet Suite

Gwyneth Paltrow, one of the girls who some say has everything, now has even more. She has been given a beautiful piece of property on which to build her dream house, overlooking that proverbial plain in Spain, near Toledo, by the Cano family with whom she lived as a foreign exchange student in 1987. The Canos consider her part of the family and Gwyneth has visited them regularly ever since. Last spring she even brought her beau, Chris Martin, home to meet them. Paltrow loves Spain, which she feels is far away from the glaring spotlights of New York, Hollywood and London. Now she is shopping around for the right architect.

Gwyneth, you may or not know, once dated Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe for about five minutes. But that’s ancient history since the news last week that Felipe, 35, is engaged to marry Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, a 31-year-old brunette beauty who presents the evening news on Spanish television. The Zarzuela Palace made the announcement, which took the country by complete surprise. The wedding will take place next summer in Madrid’s Almudena Cathedral. Although Letizia is not of royal or noble blood, the news has been enthusiastically welcomed by Spaniards everywhere, including snooty Spanish society. They say she will be “a perfect contemporary queen for the 21st century.” Caramba!

Zara Phillips, 22, Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter and the daughter of Anne, the Princess Royal, dazzled the crowd as she arrived at the London premiere of “Seabiscuit” last week in a sexy black evening dress with a plunging neckline and a half-a-million-dollar diamond necklace, probably not her own. She was escorted by her brother, Peter Phillips, and it was no surprise to see her there, as she is such a keen equestrian and proceeds from the night went to horse-racing charities. But some royal watchers were surprised that she was without her boyfriend, Richard Johnson, who is a famous jump jockey. Zara pointedly announced, “Richard and I haven’t seen much of each other recently.” Sure, but it probably won’t be long before his saddle is filled.
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