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?