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It's a royal pain, really

PRINCE Harry has now offered his excuses, sort of, for that Las Vegas caper last summer, when he was photographed toward the end of a game of strip billiards with a comely local lass. He blames the army.

The forces, he said in a long interview with the Daily Mail, have a "work hard, play hard" ethic, plus a sense of uniformed anonymity. In the prince business, it's different.

He said Prince Charles, his father, is "always trying to remind me about who I am and stuff like that. But it's very easy to forget about who I am when I am in the army."

The Vegas party "was probably a classic case of me being too much army and not enough prince."

(Hmm. If you can't play strip billiards with some babes in Vegas, what's the point of being a prince? But I digress.)

He's 28.

Good night, sweet prince

MEANWHILE, Chelsy Davy, the blond South African who dated Harry on and off for about of seven years, is now "very happy" with a Dull Normal named Matt Mills, a prosperous Briton, the Mail on Sunday reported. They've known each other for four months.

I always thought she was a little too brassy for a prince, even Harry.

She's 27.

Being a hunk ain't easy

MATTHEW McConaughey, having pared off about 48 pounds to play an AIDS activist in the upcoming movie Dallas Buyers Club, now faces the challenge of becoming a muscular hunk again.

He plans to get back to his normal 185 pounds, but this is not as easy, or fun, as it sounds, he told In Touch Weekly:

"I can't just start eating cheeseburgers and ice cream because my body will go into shock and it just won't work." He's worried about diabetes, he says. So he's eating prudently and working out a lot. He's gained back maybe 15 pounds already.

He's 43.

Driving a Lincoln

DANIEL Day-Lewis, in the quest to pick up an Oscar for Lincoln, talked to Time Out mag about his penchant for immersing himself in roles and doing fierce mental preparation. It's all just normal, he insists: "The fact is I take a long time (preparing for each movie) because I enjoy the work and it pleases me to take time over it. It's pure joy. It's a huge pleasure in discovery... But that image persists of some sort of lonely, strange figure going about an unholy business."

King of the world, part 2

LEONARDO DiCaprio, saying he's burned out after making three pictures in two years, tells Bild, a German newspaper, he now plans to fly around the world saving the environment. I hope we can just chalk this up to fatigue, rather than terminal self-importance.

Saying he's going to take a break from films, he added this: "I would like to improve the world a bit. I will fly around the world doing good for the environment."

Translation: "I've been in a couple dozen countries and met top models in all of them. Somebody hand me a world map."

He's 38.

A less than great Kate

KATE Middleton's first official portrait, by Paul Emsley, now hangs in Britain's National Portrait Gallery. It's not a hit. Sunday Times art critic Waldemar Januszczak called it "yet another pretty ordinary painting of a royal." A lot of commentators have mocked it relentlessly. I think it makes her look older and harder than photos do.

Now Emsley tells Hello! mag his feeling are hurt. "I'd be inhuman if I said (the criticism) didn't affect me... It felt like a bit of a witch hunt. The attacks were so vicious that there was a point where I myself doubted that the portrait... was any good. But now, I've had time to reflect, I am still happy with it."

Kate called it "amazing" -- a great weasel word -- but also "brilliant," which she can't really believe. Nobody understands why her hubby Prince William called it "absolutely beautiful."

Hey, big spender

RIHANNA, undeniably a beauty but not known for big tips, is working to change that. The other night, as she and some pals were leaving the Laugh Factory, an L.A. comedy club, she paid the $80 tab.

Then she asked the waiter what his biggest-ever tip was. After he said "$100" she gave him $200, reports TMZ.com.

The ambassador to Vogue

IN the age of email and Skype, I'm not too sure what ambassadors do all day, exactly. But the jobs endure, because gigs as envoys to France and Spain and Italy can be nice rewards for political leaders to dispense.

For months, you'll recall, there's been talk U.S. President Barack Obama would post Anna Wintour, Vogue magazine's famously un-diplomatic editrix, to London. That won't happen, we now know; some campaign fundraiser got the spot.

Here's the back-story: when the rumours began last summer, Wintour was re-negotiating her deal with Vogue publisher Condé Nast, reporters for WWD and the N.Y. Times are saying.

The prospect of a nice career alternative can't have hurt Anna's price. Now she's been renewed for three years; terms not disclosed.

She's 63.

This takes the cake

SKINNY Victoria's Secret model Karlie Kloss now has her own brand of baked goods, inevitably called Karlie's Kookies. She's working with Momofuku Milk Bar, a New York bakery for people with more money than they need. Her cookies are -- get this -- $22 for a tin of six.

I have my doubts about the marketing wisdom of this: She's not much bigger around the waist than a cookie herself.

She's 20.

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 27, 2013 ??65524

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