When Harry and Meghan gave their tell-all interview with Oprah, they revealed that the Royal Family mentioned the potential skin color of their expecting child. What they didn’t reveal was the person’s name. Well, fast forward to the printing of “Endgame: Inside the Royal Family and the Monarchy’s Fight for Survival,” and the Dutch version named the two people who discussed the subject.
The British Royal Family is Far From a Fairytale
For many, the British royal family are the iconic fairytales that came to life. They have a mystique that has fascinated people for centuries. Despite all the wealth, pomp, and circumstance, the British royal family has shown they are fallible and deeply flawed, just like everyone else.
Exactly how and why only the Dutch version of Endgame named King Charles and Catherine, Princess of Wales as the royals who brought up the potential skin color of Harry’s child doesn’t really matter. What does is the racial implications on the current King of the United Kingdom and 14 territories. He is already on thin-ice with many of his subjects– Will this be the last straw?
Here’s 9 Scandals of the Past The Rocked the Royal Family
One only has to look back at the scandals that plagued the Royal House of Windsor to see that all the latest drama with Harry & Meghan, and Wills and Kate is nothing new.
1. King Edward VIII’s Abdication
Soon after his ascension to the throne in early 1936, he proposed marriage to Wallis Warfield Simpson, an American divorcing her second husband. As monarch, Edward VIII was also the head of the Church of England, and marriage to a divorced person was against church doctrine. Eleven months after becoming king, Edward abdicated the throne so he could marry.
2. Princess Margaret and Peter Townsend
Edward VIII wasn’t the only royal to fall in love with a married person. Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth II’s younger sister, became involved with Peter Townsend, a married man who was also 16 years her senior. He divorced his wife and became engaged to the princess. Because of the Church of England’s strict doctrine about remarriage after divorce, the couple went their separate ways.
3. Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones
A few years after her engagement to Peter Townsend ended, Princess Margaret married photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones. Their relationship was tumultuous, with both alleged to have cheated on the other. In 1976, they divorced after salacious pictures were published of Margaret and a younger man together in the Caribbean.
In 1992, the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana was already on the rocks. Then the British press published the text of a phone conversation between Diana and James Gilbey, with whom she was alleged to have been engaged in an extramarital relationship. Gilbey called Diana by a pet name, “Squidgy,” which is how the scandal came to be known as “Squidgygate.”
Months after the Squidgygate leaked call scandal, the royal family was rocked by another leaked personal phone call, this time between Prince Charles and his longtime paramour Camilla Parker Bowles, who were married to other people then. An Australian magazine published the text of a call between the two, which caused another scandal because of the intimate nature of the conversation.
6. Princess Diana’s BBC Interview
If there were any hopes of reconciling the marriage between the Prince and Princess of Wales, they were hopelessly dashed in 1995 after Princess Diana gave a shocking solo television interview to the BBC’s Martin Bashir. She opened up about Charles and Camilla, her marital infidelities, and her struggles with life in the public eye. The royal couple divorced the following year.
7. Princess Anne and Timothy Laurence
In 1989, a married Princess Anne started a relationship with Timothy Laurence, a British naval officer and one of the Queen’s staff members. The relationship was uncovered after a British tabloid obtained copies of letters between the two that had been stolen. Anne divorced her husband in 1992 and married Laurence that same year.
8. Fergie’s Foot-Licking Photo
Six years into her marriage to Prince Andrew, Sarah, the Duchess of York, also known as “Fergie,” made the tabloids with photographs of herself on vacation with John Bryan, a financial advisor from the United States. In one of the photographs, Bryan was captured licking her foot. Fergie and Andrew separated that same year and divorced in 1996.
9. Prince Harry’s Nazi Armband
In 2005, the Duke of Sussex (then known as Prince Harry) had a well-deserved reputation as a royal wild child with his hard-partying ways. Still, it was a shock to see leaked photos of him at a costume party, wearing an armband emblazoned with a swastika. He released a statement of apology for the offense.
Prince Harry Now Lives in One of America’s Most Expensive Towns – Here’s Where He Got The Money To Afford It
When you’re a working Royal, you’re not allowed to leverage your status for high-paying jobs. But that all changed for Harry when he stepped down as a senior member of the British Royal family and gave up the funds he received every year from his father and The Duchy of Cornwall.
Fast forward almost three years later, Prince Harry’s quest to be financially independent of his family has been royally successful. So where exactly did he get all his cash?
Is Prince Harry Still in The British Crown Line of Succession?
Prince Charles was heir to the throne almost all of his life and now his eldest son William, is the next heir apparent. But the line of succession is long, and it continues to change as families grow and succession laws are revised.
Since Harry has stepped away from Royal Life, has he also been removed from the line of succession?
Has The Endgame for The British Royal Family Begun?
Over the past 1200 years, 62 monarchs from the same family tree have enjoyed an elevated position in the world as The British Royal family. Will 2023 end a system that many say has overstayed its welcome?
Will Prince Harry’s lawsuit and admission of Palace leaks to the press be the latest in the unraveling of this institution?
The 23 Richest Royals in the World: Where Does King Charles III Rank?
Many royals are known for their power, prestige, notoriety, and money. There are those who are part of centuries-old dynasties, while others are relatively new to the scene. Several came to their riches through their royal titles, while others earned their fortunes in different ways.
Now that Charles is the King of England is he one the very richest in the world? It may surprise you that he’s in the bottom of the list of the world’s richest royals.
Harry and Meghan’s Netflix Docuseries Exposed These Royal Family Lies
There’s been so much speculation about the contents of the show and if it would be a blatant attack on The Royal Family and the establishment behind it. What no one was expecting though, was a different kind of drama that ensued. The he-said/she-said public comment dance on whether the Royal Family was given an opportunity to comment on the contents of Harry &Meghan’s Netflix documentary.
So while people assumed the post-release fight would be between the British Royal Family and Harry & Meghan another heavyweight entered this specific argument. The global brand and business behemoth that is Netflix.
So what exactly happened? And what did it expose about The Palace’s regular behavior?