EMILY PRESCOTT: Natasha Kaplinsky takes in Ukrainian family

EMILY PRESCOTT: Natasha Kaplinsky takes in Ukrainian family

EMILY PRESCOTT: Natasha Kaplinsky takes in Ukrainian family… who didn’t know who she was or why she had an Instagram blue celeb status tick

She has a cat, four dogs and ten alpacas, so life at Natasha Kaplinsky’s place is never dull. 

The TV anchor tells me things are even busier now that a Ukrainian family of four have joined her, husband Justin and their two children at their East Sussex farmhouse. 

‘They had just one small suitcase,’ says Natasha, 49. And they’d no idea who she was. 

Natasha Kaplinsky tells me that a Ukrainian family of four have joined her, husband Justin and their two children at their East Sussex farmhouse

Natasha’s Instagram account – with the blue tick to signal her celebrity status

‘After a while, the mother said, “I don’t understand why you have a blue tick on Instagram,” so I had to explain,’ laughs Natasha, referring to the way the site signals celeb status. 

‘But when I met my husband, he didn’t know what I did either!’ 



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The Royals have banked with Coutts since George IV’s time, so I was intrigued to learn Princess Beatrice and her husband Edo chose rivals Weatherbys for a mortgage on their £3 million Cotswolds house. 

Weatherbys is well known in the horse-racing world. Sir Johnny Weatherby, the boss, is credited with modernising Royal Ascot and has met Beatrice there, as my picture shows. 

He is a friend of Prince Andrew and was knighted eight months before Bea and Edo got their mortgage. 

Weatherbys is well known in the horse-racing world. Sir Johnny Weatherby, the boss, is credited with modernising Royal Ascot and has met Beatrice there, as my picture shows

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