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Is London Calling Paris?

Jan. 30 2008, Published 8:04 a.m. ET

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Londoners kept a stiff upper lip during the Blitz, but will they be able to handle Paris Hilton? The British press has been atwitter lately with news that the notorious celebutante is mulling a move to their capitol city.

According to a report in London’s Daily Telegraph, the gossip world’s golden goose has taken a page from Madge and Gwyneth andrecruited Welsh clothing designer Julian Macdonald to help her find a new home in the city. “She’s had enough of New York and L.A.,” Macdonald told the paper. “She’s moved around too much lately and feels that she could really settle in London. She’s especially fond of Chelsea.”

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Hilton’s new publicist, PMK’s Jack Ketsoyan, did not return calls or e-mails for comment on his client’s possible relocation, but some Paris watchers doubt the starlet will ever follow through with the move. “She’s done a lot of things for press in her time, but I don’t think she’d ever leave Los Angeles,” says one. “If she’s telling people that, she’s probably lying. If Paris talked to the Sacramento Bee she’d tell them she was looking at condos in Sacramento if she thought she’d get a story out of it.”

In other Hilton news, the aspiring singer’s recent hop from fiancé Paris Latsis into the arms of another, taller billionaire Greek shipping heir, Stavros Niarchos III, has intrigued modern history buffs. After all, the Latsises and the Niarchoses, along with the Onassises, have been among Greece’s wealthiest, most powerful dynasties since the 1950s. As a result, competition between the clans runs deep.

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In fact, one notorious aspect of their rivalry has been a taste for sexual warfare, particularly the patriarchs’ habit of bedding each other’s wives. (See Peter Evans’s brilliant Onassis exposé, Nemesis, for all the messy details.) Man-giant Niarchos, who recently scarred the international imagination by dating the doll-sized Mary-Kate Olsen, has lately been displaying his affection for Hilton in public—even going so far as to reportedly satisfy his new lover in a porta-potty outside a Hollywood party. Is Niarchos’s swordsmanship the latest salvo in an age-old Greek feud?

We asked renowned Grecian society scholar Taki Theodoracopoulos, who declined to comment on the clans’ history, saying, “Stavros and Paris are just kids. I know the families, but I have nothing to say.” When told of Hilton’s possible move to London, however, the august gossip couldn’t resist a parting aperçu. “They’re opening legal brothels there, so I’m sure she’ll fit right in,” he said.



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