Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: The Duchess of Cambridge is speaking for the first time in public on March 19, more apologies for Sandra Fluke, and Russell Brand spent the weekend texting a lady he met on the street.
As Page Six notes, "Kate Middleton is known for smiling and waving, but not so much for speaking." That's going to change as of March 19, when the Duchess of Cambridge will make her first "public address" at the opening of The Treehouse, a hospice service in Sussex run by one of her charities. It's going to be a busy stretch for Middleton: her first "solo military engagement" is scheduled for March 17 -- St. Patrick's Day -- when her duty will be to "present shamrocks to 40 Officers and Warrant Officers, who will then issue them along the ranks of the Irish Guards." [People and Page Six]
There's some disagreement over how involved Tina Fey was in Lindsay Lohan's somewhat contextless appearance as host of Saturday Night Live. One source says Fey -- who wrote Mean Girls and has made a point of reminding people how funny and lovely Lohan can be -- turned down a "personal invitation" to come and watch the show. Another source says that not only was Fey planning on attending, she helped write much of the cameo-heavy monologue -- the best part of the show, as The Atlantic Wire's Seth Abramovitch noted -- and was slated to appear on-camera. That account is seconded by Fey's spokeswoman, who says the 30 Rock star was "committed to doing the monologue with Lindsay but both of her children got sick." [Gatecrasher]