A Look At The Scandalous Relationships Of The British Royal Family

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The British royal family is the epitome of class, but they've also had their fair share of scandals, especially when it comes to choosing suitors.

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What is expected of the royal family

The purpose of the British royal family is procreation; its prime duty is to produce at least one heir to the throne.

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People all over the world are obsessed with the British royal family. But despite the constant flood of royal paparazzi photos and press releases, it can be tough to recognize what it is the family members actually do.

Generally, every royal supports charities, appears at events, and occasionally travels the globe to strengthen diplomatic relationships.

But some royals also have day jobs, and others have long military careers.

The scandalous romances

Plenty of families out there experience scandals. The royal family, on the other hand, has made scandal a work of art for many, many years.

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While most people are familiar with Prince Charles’ scandalous relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles, he is far from the only royal to engage in unsavory behavior. Here are some of the most scandalous love affairs to occur in the royal family.

1. Diana and Gilbey

British intelligence allegedly recorded Diana and her secret lover, James Gilbey, in several phone calls, in which Gilbey said “I love you” and affectionately referred to Diana as “Squidgy” at least 53 times. The tapes were sold to The Sun and later published in The National Enquirer in the U.S., in 1992.

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2. Prince Andrew and Koo Stark

Harry's uncle Prince Andrew found himself in a similar predicament as his nephew when he dated an American actress in the 80's. Her name was Koo Stark, best known for her breakout role in the 1976 erotic film Emily, and she carried on an 18-month long relationship with Queen Elizabeth II’s second son.

3. Sarah Ferguson and John Bryan

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Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, was fresh off her separation from Charles’ brother, Prince Andrew, when photos of her leaked in the press. The pictures, published in The Daily Mirror, appeared to show American businessman John Bryan, sucking on Sarah’s toes while she sunbathed topless.

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4. Princess Diana and James Hewitt

In a 1995 interview with BBC reporter Martin Bashir, Diana admitted to a love affair with British army officer James Hewitt during her marriage to Prince Charles.

5. Princess Margaret and Peter Townsend

Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth II’s younger sister, was yet another royal who was met with disapproval when it came to her dating life. At around 1953, the young princess had to ask her older sister for permission to marry a divorcee, Peter Townsend, a royal equerry who was 16 years her senior.

The couple was denied the right to marry multiple times because of Townsend’s divorce, and even Margaret’s title and income were threatened.

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6. Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles

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In 1992, a private phone conversation between Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles leaked all over British tabloids. The controversy was dubbed “Camillagate” and, because of the timing, seemed to be proof of Charles’ infidelities.

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7. Captain Mark Philips and Princess Anne

Princess Anne, the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, had her fair share of heartbreak in her marriage to Captain Mark Phillips. A 1989 People story dubbed them a “loveless duo” and stated that the royal couple lived apart for almost two full years before calling it quits.

The royal family never lacks in drama, that's for sure, and we love them, flaws and all.

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