Mike Tindall gets 'royal pardon' for Christmas

It must be true – it's in the Sunday Papers: From Zara Phillips's husband forgiven to Clarkson's 'gagging'

LAST UPDATED AT 14:52 ON Sun 11 Dec 2011

ENGLAND RUGBY player Mike Tindall seems to have received a royal pardon, reports the Mail on Sunday. After embarrassing CCTV footage of him with a blonde in aNew Zealand nightclub was leaked to the press just months after his marriage to the Queen's granddaughter, Zara Phillips, Tindall might not have expected to spend Christmas with the in-laws – but the Queen has invited him to Sandringham…

FORMER HOME Secretary, David Blunkett, accepted a cash "substantial" cash pay-off in secret last spring after it emerged his mobile phone had been hacked by the News of the World, The Independent on Sunday reveals. Fellow Labour MP Tom Watson, who has led the inquiry into phone hacking, described Blunkett's decision as "disappointing … his testimony would have been helpful"…

SHE WAS recruited to spice up the venerable publication, but Rachel Johnson was never "right" as editor of The Lady, its founder's granddaughter, 79-year-old Julia Budworth, told the Mail on Sunday. Criticising Johnson, Budworth once said: "All she thinks of is sex. You can’t get her away from a penis. God knows where all the penises come from. She never stops, does she? Penis this, penis that"…

THE BBC is so furious with Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson that it has "gagged" him according to his co-presenter James May, quoted by the People. May told an audience in Australia that Clarkson, who always courts controversy but perhaps went too far recently with remarks about hanging public sector strikers and comments on suicide victims, has "been banned from having any opinion on [anything] controversial"…

HAS SHE pushed her luck too far? Sally Bercow, the publicity-friendly wife of the Speaker, John Bercow, is facing investigation from a senior official at the Commons, reports The Sunday Times, after a Tory MP complained she crossed the line by heckling David Cameron from the public gallery. Labour-supporting Bercow startled MPs by laughing and commenting during Prime Minister's Questions… 

FORMER TAKE That singer, Gary Barlow, has delivered an ultimatum to X Factor supremo Simon Cowell, reports the Sunday Mirror. Barlow, 40, says he won't carry on as a judge on the show's next series unless Cowell sacks his old pal Louis Walsh. Barlow is fed up with the constant "bitching and sniping" he receives from the older man…. · 

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