Prince William to the rescue

Prince William was part of the Royal Air Force rescue mission to save Russian seamen after their cargo vessel sank in the Irish Sea on Sunday morning, the BBC reports.

The Russian vessel Swanland sent out a Mayday call around 2 a.m. when its hull cracked in the bad weather. The prince served as a copilot in the four-man helicopter crew that saved two men. Another body has since been recovered, but five people are missing.

Piers Morgan welcomes daughter

Amid speculation that the British government’s investigation of illegal eavesdropping might include CNN’s Piers Morgan during his tenure as editor of the Daily Mirror newspaper (Morgan has previously denied any involvement in phone hacking), the host and journalist has good news to be thankful for: his first daughter, People reports.

“It’s true. I’ve become a dad for the fourth time, to a baby girl called Elise,” Morgan, 46, tweeted on Friday. “She’s absurdly beautiful and utterly adorable.”

This is his first child with British columnist wife Celia Walden, 34, whom he married in 2010. Morgan has three boys from his previous marriage to Marion Shalloe.

Singer George Michael
has pneumonia

Former Wham! singer George Michael, 48, was hospitalized with pneumonia last week in Vienna, Austria, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The British singer’s boyfriend says Michael’s condition is improving, though he canceled the rest of his 2011 tour dates.

Spotted . . .

Washington Capitals player Alex Ovechkin at Kafe Leopold around 3 p.m. Sunday with a small blonde wearing hot-pink sweats keeping him company. The Russian player kept it casual in a baseball cap, a baggy gray hoodie and jeans.