Tory peer Zac Goldsmith and 'Godiva' protester enjoy a coffee

Tory peer Zac Goldsmith and ‘Godiva’ protester take a break from saving the swift… for a swift coffee – just weeks after the multi-millionaire reportedly called off his close friendship with Ellie Goulding

An an environmentalist, Tory peer Zac Goldsmith has always had a keen interest in feathered friends.

And now, weeks after the multi-millionaire reportedly had his close friendship with singer Ellie Goulding called off, he has been spotted in a cosy chat with ‘naked swift’ activist Hannah Bourne-Taylor.

Former model Hannah, 37, who last year marched topless to 10 Downing Street as a ‘swift’ to draw attention to the plight of our birds, laughed with Lord Goldsmith over a coffee in West London.

Onlookers might be forgiven for thinking the ex-MP, 48, had moved swiftly on from his friendship with Starry Eyed singer Ellie, 36.

Goldsmith looks relaxed and enjoying a coffee in West London with Hannah Bourne Taylor, smiling and laughing together weeks after Ellie Goulding ended her friendship with the Tory peer

Conservationist Hannah Bourne-Taylor marches semi-naked from Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park to Downing Street in November 2022


But meeting the Lady Godiva protester should not ruffle feathers. Hannah – who once let a finch nest in her hair for 84 days – is happily married to Robin, a former Army Captain, and her relationship with Zac is purely ornithological.

They worked together on an amendment to the Levelling Up Bill, requiring developers to include some hollow ‘swift bricks’ in new housing developments to give the birds somewhere to nest.

Father-of-six Zac’s friendship with Ellie emerged after his second marriage, to Alice Rothschild, broke down. 

Zac, son of late financier Sir James Goldsmith, met Ellie at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in November 2021.

It was reported earlier this year that Ellie’s four-year marriage to art dealer Caspar Jopling, 31, was struggling and they were spending time apart. 

They have a son aged two. But the couple are now said to be reconciling.

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