Come See the Stars

By Richard Mineards   |   August 29, 2023

Horrifying news!

A celebrity sightseeing jaunt which promises to take royal fans close to the Riven Rock estate of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is in the works.

The new guided tour, which will set visitors back $1,400 for a group of six, will take in many of the tony twosome’s hangouts in our rarefied enclave, according to the U.K. Mirror newspaper.

The sightseeing extravaganza is being advertised online as the Royal Celebrity Tour of Los Angeles and Montecito, which just happens to be run by a friend of Meghan’s estranged father Thomas Markle.

Photographer Karl Larsen, 54, claims Thomas approves of the new venture, which will take in a road close to the royal duo’s $15 million estate, as well as Meghan’s favorite stores and eateries.

Natascha Wittmann, L.A. correspondent for the top German magazine BILD, called for my thoughts on the idea.

I described it as “quite horrendous.” What next, maps to celebrity homes being hawked on Coast Village Road?

Let the Games Begin

After jetting to Japan and Singapore, Prince Harry has released a new Hollywood-style Heart of Invictus trailer on Netflix as the Riven Rock resident prepares for the games to kick off in Germany next month.

Netflix tweeted a trailer for the Invictus Games that featured the Duke of Sussex, 38, on stage at the event, which he founded to help disabled veterans in 2014.

King Charles III’s youngest son is filmed meeting competitors and his voice is heard saying, “Everyone is going to struggle at some point.”

The documentary, which follows veterans as they prepared for the Invictus Games, will be released at month’s end.

Harry will jet off to Dusseldorf with wife Meghan Markle for the event that starts on September 9 and ends September 16.

Dude, Where’s My Airbnb?

Actor Ashton Kutcher is following in Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow’s footsteps and renting out his oceanfront Carpinteria guest house on Airbnb.

Bookings started last week for the “oceanside oasis” for a one-night stay for up to four guests in the one-bedroom, one-bathroom property with panoramic views of the Santa Ynez mountains.

“We’ll capture some content together to commemorate your SoCal stay,” the Iowa-born 45-year-old and Ukrainian actress wife, Mila Kunis, promised on the listing.

“Meals and snacks will be provided, so let us know if there are any allergies or dietary restrictions we should need to know.”

The tony twosome also ask that guests do not take photographs or shoot videos without asking them first.

The guest house is located on the 3,100-square-foot six-bedroom, six-bathroom estate they share with their daughter Wyatt, 8, and son, Dimitri, 6.

Status Update

More than 3.5 million people lost their “dollar millionaire” status last year during the first fall in global wealth since the 2008 financial crisis, according to a new study.

The number of adults with assets totaling $1 million dropped from 62.9 million at the end of 2021 to 59.4 million at the end of last year, according to the Global Wealth Report launched by Credit Suisse and UBS.

The number of millionaires in the U.S. fell by 1.8 million to 22.7 million, but there are still far more than in any other nation.

The world’s privately held wealth fell 2.4 percent to $454.4 trillion at the end of last year, as $11.3 trillion was stripped from the value of personal assets by high inflation and weakened currencies.

A Good Fella

My heartiest congratulations to my former New York Magazine colleague Nick Pileggi, 90, whose movie Goodfellas has been voted the best gangster movie of all time.

On the website Ranker, the film got over 1,700 of the 7,500 votes, more than 500 ahead of The Godfather in second.

Martin Scorsese’s 1990 classic is also on top of the site’s list of films based on non-fiction books ahead of Schindler’s List and Apollo 13.

The list also features The Godfather Part II in third with another Scorsese collaboration with Robert De Niro ranked fourth in 1995’s Casino.

Goodfellas was based on Pileggi’s 1985 New York Times bestselling book Wiseguy: A Mafia Family.

The most affable and capable of colleagues, Pileggi, who was married to the late writer-filmmaker Nora Ephron for 25 years, was nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay and won a BAFTA in the same category. 


Meghan Markle enjoying the Taylor Swift concert in L.A… Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi celebrating their 15th anniversary with a coastal cruise on Charlie Munger’s Channel Cat… Fashion designer Michael Kors breakfasting at the Rosewood Miramar.

Pip! Pip!  


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