EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Vandals destroy upmarket London restaurant after JK Rowling visitor

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Two Years ago, Harry Potter author JK Rowling’s comments about transgender women and biological sex provoked a backlash from transgender rights activists.

This prompted several of the film franchise stars who had made them millionaires, including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, to publicly disagree with their views.

And it seems that the friction between Rowling and the trans community isn’t abating.

Friction: Il Portico (pictured: owner James Chiavarini), where JK Rowling hosted a charity dinner in Kensington this week, was vandalized in the early hours of yesterday morning

Because I can reveal that Il Portico, Pino’s sister restaurant – where she hosted a charity dinner in Kensington this week – was vandalized in the early hours of this morning.

Restaurateur James Chiavarini, 42, who owns Pino and Il Portico, London’s oldest family Italian restaurant, reveals: “In the same week as the online allegations of [me] A homophobe for standing up for JK Rowling and Suzanne Moore, someone smashed the windows in Portico and ransacked the place.

“Of course it could be a coincidence, but what a few days.”

A local and hugely popular advocate since 1967, Il Portico has been marred by poor online reviews since Pino’s Ukraine fundraiser for Rowling’s children’s charity Lumos, which also included feminist journalist Suzanne Moore, raised £18,500 on the evening.

“If you’re trans, you’re not welcome here,” read one review, while another accused the restaurant of being “a supporter of transphobia.”

Criticism: The Harry Potter author first came under fire two years ago when her comments on transgender women and biological sex provoked a backlash from transgender rights activists

A source told me: “James is absolutely devastated and was taken completely by surprise. The case is now with the police, who are investigating. The restaurant is under video surveillance so hopefully those who destroyed it will be found.”

They add: “James thought he was doing a decent thing by hosting an event for such a good cause and was shocked by the backlash.

“He also has a number of regular clients from the trans community and would hate to think there could be any truth to these online comments.

His restaurants welcome everyone and always have. To say that James is against everything is absolute nonsense.”

Earlier this week, Rowling, who declined to comment on the incident, thanked Chiavarini for hosting a “fabulous fundraising dinner.”

The 56-year-old also says the total money raised, which she will double, is almost at the £1million mark.

Azzi smells a dope-scented winner

It was the sweet smell of success for perfumer Azzi Glasser as she reunited with client Johnny Depp after his performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Glasser, 52, has cultivated personalized smells for the Hollywood actor and backed him during his $100million defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

Speaking of his win, she tells me, “Johnny was served justice. We are all so happy for him.’

Pals: It was the sweet smell of success for perfumer Azzi Glasser as she reunited with client Johnny Depp after his performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London

Pals: It was the sweet smell of success for perfumer Azzi Glasser as she reunited with client Johnny Depp after his performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London

Chris Tarrant’s ex-wife Ingrid had hoped ITV bosses would cast their net further when they chose Jeremy Clarkson to host Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

“I don’t often compliment Chris, but he was absolutely brilliant. They went for the same kind of man, a little big, a little cheeky,” she tells me.

Ingrid received half of Tarrant’s £25million fortune in 2008 following his infidelity in their 16-year marriage.

Princess struts her stuff for Jubilee

She is a king herself and counts Prince Charles as her godfather. So it’s only natural that Princess Olympia of Greece and Denmark looked at her best for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The daughter of Crown Prince Pavlos and Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, who grew up in Chelsea, and fellow model Ella Richards paid tribute as they strutted down a makeshift catwalk in a London garden wearing Her Majesty’s masks.

The glamorous duo – both 25 – have previously modeled for fashion houses such as Burberry and Dolce & Gabbana.

Royal: It's only natural that Princess Olympia of Greece and Denmark (pictured with Ella Richards) looked at her best for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations Fun: The daughter of Crown Prince Pavlos and Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece and fellow model Ella Richards paid tribute as they strutted down a makeshift catwalk in a London garden wearing Her Majesty's masks

Royal: It’s only natural that Princess Olympia of Greece and Denmark (pictured left and right with Ella Richards) looked at her best for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Here’s one for the pub quiz: Which former Labor Prime Minister and his wife own a stunning £6.3million Chelsea home?

While most will answer Tony and Cherie Blair, it’s actually Blair’s Australian counterpart, Kevin Rudd, and his wife, Therese Rein.

I can reveal that Rudd and Therese bought the ‘perfect’ 18th-century house in 2015 – but their property only came to light this week after the sale of exquisite paintings, furniture and antiques timidly described as ‘London owned a former Australians’ Prime Minister’.

The sale, conducted by auctioneers Dreweatts, raised almost £200,000. Rudd declined to comment.

Vanessa misses her matinee cue

The latest production of My Fair Lady at London’s Coliseum has been described as a “Rolls-Royce revival” – at least in part because of Vanessa Redgrave, who stars as Mrs Higgins.

But to the dismay of theatergoers, 85-year-old Oscar winner Redgrave was absent from Thursday’s matinee performance. “There was no announcement — nothing,” an angry fan tells me.

“It was a pretty bad thing. Absolutely bad form. If any of the stars won’t be doing matinees, it should be known.

“And if she was temporarily prevented, there should have been a complaint. There wasn’t.’

Let’s hope the answer comes soon – if only for those paying up to £185 per ticket. Neither the Coliseum nor Redgrave’s agent responded to requests for comment.

Princess Tue Wedding dress designer Elizabeth Emanuel may be one step ahead of fashion trends, but she admits she’s a creature of comfort when it comes to her hair extensions.

“I don’t intend to change my style,” she tells me. “I don’t even know what hair I have underneath – I have hair extensions on hair extensions.

Curls: Elizabeth Emanuel, the designer of Princess Di's wedding dress, may be a step ahead of fashion trends, but she admits she's a comfortable person when it comes to her hair extensions

Curls: Elizabeth Emanuel, the designer of Princess Di’s wedding dress, may be a step ahead of fashion trends, but she admits she’s a comfortable person when it comes to her hair extensions

“If I’m not wearing my hair extensions, I don’t go out. But once I use them, I feel strong. It’s ridiculous how hair can affect me.

(Keep it to yourself, but…)

Which Hollywood heartthrob was a spoilsport and left his own villa party in the south of France early after colliding with his own security?

The American actor was not short of companions as he left the multimillion pound site with a bevy of models. Obviously not too concerned about maiden voyages.

The smart set talks about… Tom and Laura Inskip

Harry and Meghan have a new playmate for their daughter Lilibet – now one year old – when they return to the US

Because I hear one of the Prince’s closest and oldest friends, Tom “Skippy” Inskip, has become a father for the second time.

Congratulations!  I hear Tom 'Skippy' Inskip has become a father for the second time and gave birth to a baby girl named Leonora with his wife Lara Hughes-Young (both pictured).

Congratulations! I hear Tom ‘Skippy’ Inskip has become a father for the second time and gave birth to a baby girl named Leonora with his wife Lara Hughes-Young (both pictured).

The Washington DC-based tech executive has welcomed a baby girl named Leonora with his wife Lara Hughes-Young.

“They’re over the moon,” a buddy tells me. Skippy reportedly served as a protective figure during Harry’s teenage years and was even at his side during the prince’s infamous Las Vegas vacation in 2012.

However, their friendship has suffered a few hiccups, including when Harry and Meghan attended the Inskips’ wedding in Jamaica but were later accused of stealing the thunder from the bride.

Although Tom and Lara attended the Sussexes’ wedding ceremony in Windsor, they were removed from the guest list for the main reception at Frogmore House.

Wood, plus surgical wood, back in pink

Require The support of a pink mobility scooter didn’t stop ultimate rock chick Jo Wood, 67, from visiting her daughter Leah’s art exhibition – One Planet, One Chance – at the Koppel Project in London.

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood’s ex-wife broke her ankle after falling down a flight of stairs at his home in Ireland and recently underwent surgery.

Style: Needing the help of a pink mobility scooter didn't stop Jo Wood, 67, from visiting her daughter Leah's art exhibition at the Koppel Project in London

Style: Needing the help of a pink mobility scooter didn’t stop Jo Wood, 67, from visiting her daughter Leah’s art exhibition at the Koppel Project in London

She tells me, ‘I’ve only got five weeks left in this boot.’

The former model, who split from businessman Carl Douglas in 2020, plans to start dating again – once she’s back on her feet. “I’ll wait for that boot to go – it’s not a rock ‘n’ roll look!”

No doubt, endless offers will be coming their way soon.

(Very) modern manners

jennifer Saunders’ Ab Fab alter ego Eddie had no trouble dating A-listers.

But in real life, things turned sour for the comedian, 63, when she attended a glitzy Hollywood party thrown in her honor and invited the likes of Carrie Fisher and Roseanne Barr to sit at her table.

“It was a frightening gathering of people, and all of a sudden you realize who you are,” she confessed. “I sat there and thought, why didn’t I just ask people I knew? It was excruciating – I just wanted it to end.”