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By Richard Mineards   |   September 5, 2023

Meghan Markle’s estranged father Thomas is refuting reports he approves of photographer Ken Larsen’s celebrity sightseeing tours in Los Angeles and Montecito, which will include Prince Harry’s Riven Rock estate.

Thomas, 79, blasts the bus tour – $1,400 for a group of six – as “tacky” and says he is not included in any way and has never given his approval.

An old friend, Caroline Graham, West Coast correspondent for London’s Daily Mail, says Thomas has been left “fuming and deeply distressed” by the claims made by Larsen.

His son Tom Jr. describes the projected tour as “embarrassing, exploitative, and ridiculous.”

Thomas Sr. has severed contact with Larsen and wants nothing to do with him personally or professionally.

Thank goodness…

Travel Plans

Prince Harry is winging back to London on the eve of the first anniversary of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth’s death, but without actress wife Meghan Markle.

The Duke of Sussex, 38, is making an appearance at an event for the charity WellChild celebrating the achievements and resilience of seriously ill children.

The ceremony will take place just a day before the anniversary of the late monarch’s passing on September 8 at her beloved Balmoral Castle after 70 years on the British throne.

But, according to reports, Harry has “no intention” of seeing his brother William, Prince of Wales, or his father King Charles III, who will both be staying in Scotland, during the whistle-stop stay.

Lawyers’ Fees Continue

Kevin Costner’s estranged wife, Christine Baumgartner, says the Oscar winner is “withholding” his financial records amid the ongoing acrimonious divorce.

Baumgartner, 49, who filed for divorce from the Carpinteria-based actor on May 1 after 18 years of marriage, says in legal documents filed in California Superior Court that Costner, 68, withheld documents in the case.

Baumgartner, who has publicly clashed with Costner over her living arrangements since the split, has been using documents detailing his future endeavors and anticipated income in projects, such as his forthcoming film series Horizon.

Her legal team says Costner has been “stonewalling” them in regards to sharing pertinent information with an income support hearing scheduled for this week, and one in November that will scrutinize the premarital agreement in the case.

Baumgartner, who the court in July awarded $129,755 a month in child support, has said she felt under pressure to sign the prenuptial, which awards her $1.5 million in the event of the marriage ending.

Stay tuned…

Surf’s Up

Brad Pitt has been showing his passion for kayaking and surfing at his 15-acre oceanfront home in Goleta.

The 59-year-old actor purchased the estate for four million dollars in 2000, with a current valuation around $20 million.

Pitt’s aesthetic touches include a ceremonial-looking teepee and multi-colored planted vegetation creating colorful pattens along the beach.

There are also six sets of swings for his six children from his 12-year relationship with actress Angelina Jolie, 43, which ended in 2016 after only two years of marriage, according to photos of the locale.

Home for Rent

Stewart Copeland, 71, legendary drummer for The Police, is renting out his Montecito home for $25,000 a month. 

The 2,400-square-foot three-bedroom, three-bathroom, Spanish-style bungalow is known as Casita De Mariposa.

In the Lower Village area, it is just a tiara’s toss or two from the homes of Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, and Rob Lowe.

Sightings

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio and latest squeeze Vittoria Ceretti enjoying ice cream at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara… Christine Baumgartner at CVS on CVR… Singer Katy Perry and British actor fiancé Orlando Bloom on Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos’s $500 million mega yacht in Croatia.

Pip! Pip!  

 

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