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Shocking stories that rocked the Royal family
The entire world has heard about the great Megxit from royal duties, as Prince Harry, wife Meghan Markle and baby Archie head off to Canada. Some are up in arms about the decision, while others fondly remember Princess Diana and support his decision to keep his family safe and to avoid the same things happening to them as what happened to her.
Let’s go back in time and remember some other stories that were quite shocking for certain Royal families.
12 – A common marriage
You can’t choose who you love, and King Edward VIII knows the reality of this more than most.
In 1936, soon after taking the throne upon his father’s death, Edward VIII stepped down from his position as king.
His reason? Love.
In 1936, the Church of England forbid the marriage of anyone who was previously divorced. So, when Edward VIII fell for Wallis Simpson, an American socialite working through her second divorce, he had little option but to forego the crown.
Before his abdication Edward VIII gave a heartfelt explanation: “I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as King […] without the help and support of the woman I love.”
The now ex-king Edward VIII married the “commoner” Simpson in 1937. The couple stayed married until Edward died in 1972.
11 – Long distance relationships
In 1820, when King George IV took over the throne, he had some domestic affairs to resolve first. He had been living apart from his wife, Caroline of Brunswick, for 20 years already. The two were not on good terms, and George was not about to let Caroline assume the throne if he passed on.
George decided to take Caroline to court, expecting the public to side with him. It seems his quite public infidelity had not won him favours with “his people” and the public all sided with the aggrieved Caroline.
Lending to the scandal it was discovered that Caroline wasn’t Georges first wife. And 10 years before they wed, he had married a commoner called Maria Fitzherbert. He passionately was buried with a small portrait of her, as Maria was his true love.
10 – Three’s a crowd
From the beginning of the marriage of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Prince Charles there was trouble.
The marriage ended in 1992 under a cloud of controversy, but the public scandal didn’t end there. Both Charles and Diana used public opportunities to make pointed remarks that shed the light on the infidelities in the marriage
Diana caused global ripples when she publicly commented: “there were three in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.” The third person she referred to was Camilla Parker Bowles, whom Charles later married.
9 – PDA (Public Displays of Affection)
6 years after tying the knot, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, the Duke and Duchess of York, were divorced. The separation wasn’t amicable, and things got nasty through the separation in 1992.
This only escalated when less than 5 months after the divorce “Fergie” was caught in a compromising situation with her “financial advisor”.
The man in question was Texan millionaire, John Bryant, who was pictured kissing and sucking the Duchess’ toes while on holiday in St Tropez. To date, these were the most compromising photographs of a royal, and one of the largest scandals the Royal family had ever faced.
Further photos revealed the couple embracing, kissing and frolicking in the pool.
Fergie was back in the media in 2010 when she accepted a bribe to give News of the World journalist access to her ex-husband. The dowry was £500,000 for a video recording of their meeting. Fergie has since apologized and admitted her mistake as a “serious lapse in judgement”.