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Shopgirl waits for ring promised by TV star

Feb 19 2006

Marc Baker, Wales on Sunday

 

CHECK-OUT girl Natalie Harrison was tee-lighted when ginger millionaire Chris Evans promised her a £10,000 diamond for being his caddy at a celebrity golf weekend in Wales.

But six months on, the talented teen has revealed she is STILL waiting for the media mogul, worth a reported £45m, to give her the flawless Russian-cut gem.

The Brit Awards host made the gesture amid a blaze of publicity in August, crediting the 17-year-old caddy with winning him Player of the All*Star Cup at Newport's Celtic Manor Resort. Her knowledge also helped him lead his European side of celebs, including Catherine Zeta Jones and Ronan Keating, to victory over the Americans, including Zeta's hubby Michael Douglas.

But as the months have passed, delight has turned to embarrassment as Natalie is forced to admit to her pals at Rhuddlan Golf Club that she is still waiting for her reward, which the 39-year-old Radio 2 DJ boasted he would have made into a special necklace.

Now the Sainsbury's till worker fears the gesture may have been just a headline-grabbing stunt.

Natalie's family, of Rhuddlan, Denbighshire, last night urged the extravagant ex-husband of Doctor Who actress Billie Piper to be as good as his word.

Dad Stephen said: "Natalie has been very quiet about it all. She has spent the past six months waiting for the diamond to arrive and it hasn't.

"People have been asking her where it is but she has been unable to tell them. It's been a bit embarrassing."

Natalie, who has been playing since the age of four, was plucked to caddy Evans because she is part of the Welsh Ladies' Golfing Union's elite team.

Other caddies were rewarded with £300 from their star players, while Michael Douglas rewarded his with £1,000.

At the end of the tournament, a beaming Evans told the world's press: "I can't read greens, Natalie won us shots."

At the time, his stunned sidekick added: "I was just shocked when Chris said that I should have it. I turned him down at first, but he insisted and said I deserved it.

"I gave him advice on what line to take with his putts and judged distances on the fairway for him.

"I went up to his room to say goodbye at the end and I couldn't have been more shocked when he said what he was going to do. He told me how much it was worth and that he was going to have it made into a necklace for me. I'm going to keep it and just wear it for special occasions."

But she is still waiting.

Her dad added: "I have been in touch with Chris' people and they say the diamond is on its way, but it has been six months now. Natalie was hoping Chris would present the diamond to her but his people say he is too busy. Everyone at Natalie's golf club has been asking where the diamond is. They have stopped asking now.

"I am not blaming Chris but there has been a lot of passing the buck. This has gone on long enough. We are hoping this was not just a publicity stunt.

"We still like Chris Evans, although I must admit my wife is no longer fussed."

Last night, a spokeswoman for Chris Evans said: "Natalie's diamond is still with a jeweller and is being made into a necklace. It will be reunited with her soon."

marc.baker@wme.co.uk

 

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