While not everyone approves of royalty, within England, the UK and the wider Commonwealth that the British Royal Family serves as head of state for, they hold an undeniable fascination for many.
Their culture of secrecy in service to their nation makes them even more intriguing, which makes the following secrets that much more compelling. Some have been made public over the years while others are matters of speculation, but if you ever wanted an inside look at the enigmatic British Royals, this is as close as you’re bound to get.
12. Bad Adultery Defense
It’s fair to say that the nation and the wider world did not approve of the way that Prince Charles behaved during his marriage to Princess Diana. The lowest point came when he confessed to his infidelity on television, while they were still married, saying, “It happens to half the country and it happened to me.”
11. A Suicide Attempt
There’s a common belief that royalty can do whatever they choose, but this is rarely the case. In fact, most of the time, they are heavily constrained by societal expectations of their role. Princess Margaret attempted suicide following an affair with a gardener. A very human reaction to emotional distress.
10. Straight Up Traitor
There’s an unwritten rule that those who come into the inner-circle of royal life don’t speak about it. This is partly because the Royal Family may not directly address their familial issues with the media by convention. Gary Goldsmith, Kate Middleton’s uncle, stomped all over this by selling secrets of her relationship with Prince William to Hello! magazine.
There was no bigger royal scandal at any time in history than the day that Sarah Ferguson, at the time married to Prince Andrew, was caught having a very public affair. The American, John Bryan, was photographer displaying rather too much affection to her toes for the national liking. It didn’t help that she was also topless at the time.
8. Intimacy Doesn’t Come Easy
Given that his father once famously told his girlfriend, “I’d like to be your tampon” in some kind of attempt at flirting, Wills is doing somewhat better with Kate. According to a stolen tape recording of his voicemail messages to her, Wills refers to Kate as “Babykins.” Still not great, is it?
7. Pre-Marital Fling
Having now tied the knot, it’s easy to perceive Wills and Kate’s relationship as being easy at every turn. In fact, they broke up very early on and Will turned to another woman to “cope.” That woman was Isabella Calthorpe, an aristocrat and possibly his parents’ preferred choice of partner. It didn’t last, though.
6. Pot Head
Harry may have gone to Eton and been born into the Royal Family, but he didn’t let that stop him from being a typical teenager, either. They called him “Hash Harry” at school because of his incredible fondness for relaxing with a joint at the end of the school day.
5. Royal Prerogative?
There are perks of being royalty, and one of those is that nobody complains when you’re late. Unless you’re Prince Philip and it’s your wedding day and the woman you’re keeping waiting is Queen Elizabeth II, your future wife. Which is what he did. Apparently, because he was chatting to someone and didn’t realize the time.
4. Sex Scandals
It’s probably fair to say that Charles and Diana’s marriage spawned an awful lot of sex scandals over the years. It wasn’t just him that was supposed to be cheating. Many people allege that Diana had an affair with James Hewitt and that Prince Harry is his son. You can see there’s something of a resemblance can’t you?
3. James Gilbey
She may, or may not have had an affair with James Hewitt, but she 100% had an affair with James Gilbey. She was caught talking to him on the phone about how she didn’t want to get pregnant during their affair. They’d been childhood friends before their affair, too.
2. The Car Crash
Princess Diana died in the company of another lover, Dodi Al-Fayed. While the circumstances were an accidental car crash, many believe that she was assassinated for embarrassing The Crown and they cite the evidence that nobody saw the crash even though the route was lined with nearly a dozen cameras.
1. Second Death-Related Scandal
James Andason was the photographer whose chase of the car Diana was in is believed to have led to her death. There were flecks of white paint found on the car in which she died. They were also found on Andason’s body when it turned up in a nearby forest.
All families have secrets, right? Yet, some families have more secrets than others.
It’s hard for the British Royals. Much of their interaction with the public is tightly controlled and their actions often seem to be very similar to those of other wealthy dynasties.
Yet, there are many stories told of the royals which aren’t so normal and many of those relate to the late Princess Diana’s death.
What do you think of their secrets? Which do you think should have been better controlled and which should the public have known about from the start? Let us know in the comments below.