RICHARD EDEN: Now Tessa Jowell’s widower falls for bohemian aristocrat

RICHARD EDEN: Now Tessa Jowell’s widower falls for bohemian aristocrat 15 years his junior one year after MP died from brain cancer

Dame Tessa Jowell’s husband, David Mills, was devastated when she lost her brave battle against brain cancer last year.

But now the lawyer has found love again, with a bohemian aristocrat 15 years his junior.

Mills, 75, introduced his new love, the artist Pandora Mond, to his famous friends at BBC broadcaster Andrew Marr’s very exclusive 60th birthday party at the Ivy Club in Soho last weekend.

British Labour Party politician Tessa Jowell stands next to her husband David Mills as she poses for a picture with her Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) insignia

‘They have been together a while,’ one of Pandora’s friends tells me. ‘It’s a serious relationship. It’s wonderful that Pandora has put a smile on his face again.’

Pandora, who turned 60 this week, is the daughter of industrialist, the 3rd Lord Melchett and the author Sonia Melchett. 

Her brother was the Greenpeace campaigner Peter Melchett.

While she was an art student at Oxford, Pandora achieved some notoriety when a society photographer captured her exposing a breast. 

The picture appeared in a magazine under the headline, ‘The Return of the Bright Young Things’.

Pandora Mond (pictured), who turned 60 this week, is the daughter of industrialist, the 3rd Lord Melchett and the author Sonia Melchett

Mills is reluctant to comment on his new romance, telling me: ‘I never discuss my private life.’ Pandora is similarly discreet.

It’s not known if she has met Mills’s children with Tessa: musician Jess and Matthew Mills, who is married to food blogger ‘Deliciously Ella’ Woodward.

Pandora also has two grown-up children from her marriage to former rock drummer Nicholas Wesolowski.

Jowell married Mills in 1979, but they separated in 2006 after he was found guilty of accepting a bribe for providing false testimony for Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. 

Mills was sentenced to four and a half years in prison, which he never had to serve.

He and Tessa were reconciled in 2012, the year of the Olympics she helped bring to London as Culture Secretary, but they continued to live in separate homes. 

Her flat in Highgate has now been sold, along with the family home in Warwickshire.

Romantic Emilia steps out with her latest talent

Silent Witness star Emilia Fox lamented last year how much she was missing a bit of passion in her life since her painful split with fiery chef Marco Pierre White. 

‘I’m a diehard romantic and I’d love to get married again one day,’ she declared.

Happily, she seems to have found happiness with talent agent Luc Chaudhary.

Emilia Fox and Luc Chaudhary were seen kissing and cuddling like teenagers while on a sunny stroll beside the Thames in West London this week

The couple were seen kissing and cuddling like teenagers while on a sunny stroll beside the Thames in West London this week. 

‘I wouldn’t be surprised if they do marry,’ one of Emilia’s friends tells me.

Luc, 44, has been courting Emilia, 45, since June. She divorced Mad Men star Jared Harris in 2010, and has an eight-year-old daughter with peace campaigner Jeremy Gilley.

As Boris Johnson seeks a Brexit breakthrough before Halloween, Prince Charles is doing his bit for Anglo-Irish relations. 

I hear the heir to the throne held private talks with the Irish foreign secretary, Simon Coveney, at his Scottish stately home Dumfries House this week. 

The meeting came just four days after Charles invited Boris and his girlfriend, Carrie Symonds, for morning coffee at Birkhall. 

I hear Prince Charles held private talks with the Irish foreign secretary, Simon Coveney (pictured September 12), at his Scottish stately home Dumfries House this week

That’s his home near Balmoral in Aberdeenshire, where they had spent Friday night with the Queen. 

Winning over the Irish is seen as key to securing a new deal with the EU. A Clarence House source insists it was a long-standing meeting. 

And the Prince is scrupulously careful not to be drawn into the Brexit debate. Who can blame him?

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