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EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Fergie's pal Nigel 'The Rat' Pollitzer takes his secrets to the grave after dying peacefully at his home aged 80

EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: He was once, he claimed, likely to marry Princess Caroline of Monaco - until her parents, learning that he'd been jailed for fraud as well as declared bankrupt, intervened.

It proved a brief setback in the perhaps mercifully inimitable life of Nigel 'The Rat' Pollitzer which, I can disclose, has ended in a manner which none of his friends and acquaintances - Fergie, the Duchess of York, and film director Roman Polanski among them - would have expected: peacefully, at home in West Sussex, at the age of 80. I don't wear a lot of jewellery, because of that, not even a watch,' the heiress, 52, tells me at the Mumble Forum International Women's Day Charity Gala at Apollo's Muse private members' club in Mayfair. She hails from a multi-billion-pound Austrian crystal dynasty, but Nadja Swarovski (pictured) has been left in fear of wearing jewellery after her luxury watch was snatched off her wrist in central London

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