Kate Winslet was out and about with joined-at-the-hip boyfriend Ned RockNRoll in London on Saturday. I’m sure you have scratched your head and laughed at his name, which he changed from Ned Abel by deed poll a few years ago. Want to know why he did it?
The UK has had an ‘old boys network’ terribly snobby and elitist way of operating for years. It’s all what school you went to as a kid and what your surname is rather than talent, has been for years and probably always will be. If you’re born into certain moneyed families and went to, say Eton, there are some people who will employ you based on that. I can tell you, ‘What prep school did you go to?’ is a question asked at dinner parties by people pushing forty and beyond. Which is why, Ned, who is Richard Branson’s (new, rather than old money) nephew changed his name to RocknRoll. It was a way of making a stand against that particularly ridiculous British tradition of judging a person by their surname.
Of course Ned, 33, can afford not to have to trade on the family name because his Uncle Dick has given him a job as a Virgin Galactic exec. so he doesn’t have to. But, whatever, I get the point and so does Kate Winslet, 36. She is severely dickmatised by Monsieur RocknRoll and believe you me, this year we will be seeing an engagement announcement and hearing the pitter-patter of tiny RocknRoll feet.
What’s interesting is that whilst privately, the Bransons are p-ssed off at Kate for taking all the credit for rescuing Richard’s mother during the fire that destroyed much of their beloved Necker island last year, publicly, they’re LOVING having the Oscar winner in their clan, because she’s giving the Virgin Galactic project which promises to fire mega-rich punters into space for three hours at $250,000 a shot muchos publicity.
Which begs the question- is the addicted-to-love Titanic star being used?