EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Money men warn Cara Delevingne of ‘risk to her reputation’ as new accounts show her business turnover plunged by almost £6million over the last year
Hosting raucous parties, wearing strange and skimpy outfits and lolling about on yachts with the rich and famous is all part and parcel of life for a society model like Cara Delevingne.
But I can reveal that the Hollywood star has been warned by her money men that the cash could stop rolling in if she damages her reputation.
The warning comes as turnover in the business through which she channels her earnings, Cara & Co, plunged over the last year by almost £6 million.
Newly filed accounts disclose that income fell from £14.74 million to £9 million.
Hosting raucous parties, wearing strange and skimpy outfits and lolling about on yachts with the rich and famous is all part and parcel of life for a society model like Cara Delevingne
Modelling and acting opportunities were put on hold during the pandemic, and the 29-year-old commissioned an audit of her finances.
The auditors warn: ‘Principal risks to the business are as follows: Reputation risk. This is the risk of loss of reputation arising from negative publicity that may result in a loss of contracts and a reduction in revenue.’
The bean counters were, perhaps, thinking about Cara’s wild — and sometimes rule-bending — lifestyle.
I revealed last year that the property developer’s daughter threw a lavish Christmas bash in a Palladian mansion in Oxfordshire for four generations of her family, complete with staff. This was while the country was under strict Covid restrictions.
But I can reveal that the Hollywood star has been warned by her money men that the cash could stop rolling in if she damages her reputation
She was also one of the guests at Rita Ora’s notorious 30th birthday bash, which lumped the pop star with a £10,000 fine after she hired a restaurant during lockdown to host her famous friends.
However, Cara’s accountants seem optimistic about her business, adding that profits remain strong and the ‘company has established a strong brand image and continues to obtain numerous long-term modelling contracts’.
As well as modelling, Cara’s also in demand for film work and has starred in a string of movies including Suicide Squad, has written a novel and also released two albums of her music. She and her sisters, Poppy and Chloe, also recently released their own brand of prosecco in New York.
Despite the fall in turnover, Cara still paid herself a dividend of £1 million — a tad down from the £1.3 million she took in the previous 12 months — but more than enough to keep her in iced champagne and bikinis.
The warning comes as turnover in the business through which she channels her earnings, Cara & Co, plunged over the last year by almost £6 million
What was the cause of so much laughter from the table occupied by Harrison Ford, 79, and Charles Dance, 74, at the Chelsea Arts Club when the pair dined there this week? Ford was forced to take a break from filming Indiana Jones 5 as he recovered from a shoulder injury. Observes a nearby guest: ‘Every time Harrison rubbed his shoulder, Charles seemed to laugh, which set off Harrison giggling, too. The pair were acting more like teenagers than men of a certain age.’
Who’s brave enough to face Lady C’s ghost hunt?
Could there be anything more terrifying than an evening in a darkened room with Lady Colin Campbell?
The royal biographer, who was known for her bullying behaviour and caustic put-downs when she competed on I’m A Celebrity, claims there is. And, what’s more, she’s charging visitors to her stately home, Castle Goring, £52 each for the privilege of finding out what is more scary on a ‘ghost hunt’.
Lady Colin promises ‘glass divination, table tipping, and a group human pendulum experiment’. The West Sussex castle certainly has a spooky history: built in the 1700s, it was the home of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley. Phantom footsteps and moving furniture have been reported at the apparently haunted home.
Lady Colin enjoys letting strangers enjoy her estate; I recently revealed that she irked neighbours by hosting a rave in the grounds which went on until 2am. She admitted: ‘People were taken by surprise because they were not warned.’
It’s ‘Toff’ in the rental market
Here’s a real ‘first world problem’: I’m A Celebrity winner Georgia Toffolo placed an advert offering to pay up to £250,000 a year for a London home to rent — but still can’t find anywhere suitable.
‘House hunting is going horrific,’ the former Made In Chelsea star tells me at the Tory conference in Manchester. ‘There’s just nothing.
‘I’m not that picky. I’m just looking for something that’s clean and in a good location, where I can take my dog.’
Adds Georgia, 26: ‘All the international people have come back after Covid and they’re all fighting for the same places. It’s terrible, I feel like I won’t find anywhere.’
Here’s a real ‘first world problem’: I’m A Celebrity winner Georgia Toffolo placed an advert offering to pay up to £250,000 a year for a London home to rent — but still can’t find anywhere suitable
The Queen is making sure that Prince Philip’s loyal retainers still feel part of the family. I hear she sent her late husband’s long-serving private secretary, Brigadier Archie Miller-Bakewell, to represent her at a memorial on Tuesday. The service, at St Margaret’s Westminster, was for German banker George von Mallinckrodt, a close friend of the royals. A courtier tells me: ‘It was a very touching gesture to send Archie.’ The brigadier was made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order by the Queen on the day that Philip would have turned 100.
Downton meets two Money men ladies in the pink…
It should be a fete worthy of Lady Mary: the stately home where TV’s Downton Abbey is filmed is throwing open its doors for its history festival.
This weekend, top producers from the hit period drama will be at Highclere Castle, near the Hampshire-Berkshire border, to give a behind-the-scenes look at the exploits of the fictional aristocratic Crawleys.
The festival pays homage to World War II, with tributes to Winston Churchill as well as vintage helicopters on show.
The Countess of Carnarvon, real-life chatelaine of the castle, tells me there will be some rather unusual guests: ‘We have our endangered pigs, Lady Violet and Lady Cora, making an appearance.’
Carey’s spag bol drama
How about this for multi-tasking? Hollywood star Carey Mulligan managed to cook a tasty spag bol while performing in the West End.
‘If you make a dish on stage, everybody in the audience becomes obsessed with it, and they all follow the making of it,’ says celebrated playwright Sir David Hare, who encouraged Carey’s efforts while she was starring in his play Skylight.
‘Carey Mulligan’s spaghetti bolognese is really good. If I was peckish, I’d have a little bit.’
How about this for multi-tasking? Hollywood star Carey Mulligan managed to cook a tasty spag bol while performing in the West End
Stanley goes AWOL on Bojo’s big day
Boris Johnson’s father, Stanley, didn’t hang around in Manchester for his son’s keynote speech at the Conservative Party conference.
Reality TV star Stanley was spotted scuttling back to the capital yesterday morning. ‘Like women sometimes have a wardrobe malfunction, I had a diary malfunction,’ he tells me. ‘I had a long-standing engagement in London that I had to attend.’
He adds: ‘I was pleased that my daughter, Rachel, was there to usher Carrie to her seat and lead the applause. I managed to watch the speech on television and it was superb.’
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