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SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE Princess Diana’s bridesmaid India Hicks speaks of closing company

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SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Princess Diana’s bridesmaid India Hicks reveals heartbreak as the sun sets on her beach-style dream

When Princess Diana’s bridesmaid India Hicks decided to turn her enviable family life in the Bahamas into a business — by founding an eponymous lifestyle brand — she was commended for her entrepreneurial spirit.

Now, just days after it emerged her company is to close down after four years, the 51-year-old has spoken for the first time about her ‘heartbreaking’ decision to say goodbye to her labour of love.

‘Although this journey was at times hard and humbling, I would not change a day, a minute, a second of it,’ she tells me.

‘A tribe of smart, beautiful, hardworking women came together and created a community.

‘But the difficulties faced as a young brand have proved to be too much, even with the creativity, loyalty and unwavering spirit of these beloved women, our ambassadors.’

Princess Diana's bridesmaid India Hicks has spoken of her heartbreaking decision to close her company after four years.

Princess Diana’s bridesmaid India Hicks has spoken of her heartbreaking decision to close her company after four years.

She said: 'A tribe of smart, beautiful, hardworking women came together and created a community.' She is pictured third right with her former colleagues

She said: ‘A tribe of smart, beautiful, hardworking women came together and created a community.’ She is pictured third right with her former colleagues 

India at her home on Harbour Island in the Bahamas

India at her home on Harbour Island in the Bahamas

India, daughter of the late interior designer, David Hicks, and Lady Pamela Hicks, daughter of the 1st Earl Mountbatten, created the company after moving to the Bahamas with her partner, David Flint Wood, with whom she has five children.

‘I was working 18-hour days for six years and constantly travelling,’ she explains. ‘It was hard spending time away from my family.’ 

Inspired by island living, the beach-themed collection included jewellery, woven bags, vintage style kaftans, scented candles and skincare — all with an affordable luxury price tag with bags costing in the low hundreds rather than the thousands. 

‘It was something that was going to make me come out from the shadow of my extraordinary family,’ adds India, whose brother is interior designer Ashley Hicks.

‘I will pick myself up and do something again, but I don’t know what yet. I need time to sleep, breathe and learn from the mistakes I made.

‘I have a lot of ambition, which used to be a very dirty word for a woman, but now I say it with pride. I like to work and I like to earn my own income.

‘My heart breaks with this news yet swells with pride over our many accomplishments.’

India created the company after moving to the Bahamas with her partner, David Flint Wood, with whom she has five children

India created the company after moving to the Bahamas with her partner, David Flint Wood, with whom she has five children

The bohemian harbour-view guest house in Dunmore Town - owned by former Miss Bahamas Brenda Barry - was given a revamp by India

The bohemian harbour-view guest house in Dunmore Town – owned by former Miss Bahamas Brenda Barry – was given a revamp by India 

The living room of India Hicks's home on Harbour Island in the Bahamas

The living room of India Hicks’s home on Harbour Island in the Bahamas

The 51-year-old spoke about her 'heartbreaking' decision to say goodbye to her labour of love. Pictured, the porch of her home in the Bahamas

The 51-year-old spoke about her ‘heartbreaking’ decision to say goodbye to her labour of love. Pictured, the porch of her home in the Bahamas 

India added: 'My heart breaks with this news yet swells with pride over our many accomplishments' Pictured, the tranquil garden and patio at her home

India added: ‘My heart breaks with this news yet swells with pride over our many accomplishments’ Pictured, the tranquil garden and patio at her home 

 

Prince Harry, who was in action yesterday at a charity polo match, has shown his skills as a fundraiser. 

The Invictus Games Foundation, which he set up to help injured servicemen, increased its income by more than £300,000 last year.

Newly filed accounts reveal that the charity boasted a total income of almost £1 million: it was £986,918 in 2018, compared with £660,096 the previous year.

Spending totalled £783,972. The trustees’ report confirms plans to hold the Games every two years, reporting that The Hague has been selected for 2020.

 

Here’s proof that Princess Beatrice is getting increasingly serious about her property developer boyfriend Edoardo ‘Edo’ Mapelli Mozzi as she flashes a striking new accessory.

Prince Andrew’s 30-year-old daughter, who has been dating Edo, 34, for just under a year, stepped out in Mayfair sporting a £2,620 Cartier ‘Juste un Clou’ (Just a nail) 18-carat gold bracelet. 

‘And in what appears to be a personal touch from the millionaire, who has a two-year-old son, Wolfie, with his ex-girlfriend Dara Huang, it is engraved with the letter ‘E’.

Pictured: Princess Beatrice and beau Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi out in London

Pictured: Princess Beatrice and beau Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi out in London 

Beatrice stepped out in Mayfair sporting a £2,620 Cartier 'Juste un Clou' (Just a nail) 18-carat gold bracelet

Beatrice stepped out in Mayfair sporting a £2,620 Cartier ‘Juste un Clou’ (Just a nail) 18-carat gold bracelet

 

The Hurlingham Club, where the Duchess of Cambridge takes Prince George for tennis lessons, has been riven by ill-feeling since it emerged that it had spent £2.55 million on professional fees for a redevelopment scheme which may never happen.

But salvation could be at hand — in the form of the Earl of Snowdon’s cousin, financier Luke Nunneley. 

‘He’s the new chairman designate,’ a club insider tells me. ‘There were about eight or nine people who wanted the job. Amazing, given what’s happened.’

The vacancy arose following the resignation of Julian Holloway, whose allegedly ‘dictatorial’ manner led critics to jokingly compare him with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.

The Hurlingham Club, where the Duchess of Cambridge takes Prince George (pictured) for tennis lessons, has been riven by ill-feeling since it emerged that it had spent £2.55 million on professional fees for a redevelopment scheme which may never happen

The Hurlingham Club, where the Duchess of Cambridge takes Prince George (pictured) for tennis lessons, has been riven by ill-feeling since it emerged that it had spent £2.55 million on professional fees for a redevelopment scheme which may never happen

 

The Queen’s eldest granddaughter Zara Tindall and her husband Mike immersed themselves in the Centre Court action at Wimbledon yesterday.

The couple — who have two young daughters — shunned the Royal Box, looking utterly at ease in the crowds and with no bodyguards on hand trying to stop members of the public taking photographs of them.

Equestrian Zara showed off her grooming skills as she appeared to spot something on the former England rugby star’s upper lip and then wipe it off with her finger. Never a day off when you’re a mum.

Equestrian Zara Tindall showed off her grooming skills as she appeared to spot something on the husband Mike's upper lip and then wipe it off with her finger

Equestrian Zara Tindall showed off her grooming skills as she appeared to spot something on the husband Mike’s upper lip and then wipe it off with her finger

 

TV sports presenter Gabby Logan refuses to let her 13-year-old twins, Reuben and Lois, eat junk food snacks. 

‘Slobbing out on a sofa with a bag of doughnuts wouldn’t make me happy,’ she says. 

‘It sounds boring but our snacks are things like rice cakes, cashews or apricots. The kids plough through fruit when they’re watching TV. 

There will be four empty punnets of grapes and blueberries. If I don’t buy rubbish, they won’t eat rubbish so they just hoover up fruit.’

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