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Prince George, Duke of Kent: The scandalous love life of Queen Elizabeth’s uncle

Throughout history, various royals have come under fire for the salacious and mysterious events surrounding their memory. If London had to write a list of the most outrageously controversial royals, there’s one who would come out on top: Prince George, Duke of Kent . George: It’s quite a story. If a young Prince George were alive today, he would frequently appear on the covers of magazines covering celebrity profiles. He led the life of a playboy. He was an accomplished pianist, spoke fluent French and Italian, loved driving fast cars, and enjoyed skiing and shooting.

Prince George Edward Alexander Edmund of Wales was born on December 20, 1902, the son of the future King George V and Queen Mary (then Prince and Princess of Wales); He was the grandson of King Edward VII and the great-grandson of Queen Victoria, as well as the brother of King Edward VIII and King George VI, and the uncle of what would become the longest-reigning monarch in history, Queen Elizabeth II . He was educated at Osborne and Dartmouth Naval Colleges, but would later gain a reputation as the glamorous “Party Prince” famous for his love affairs, alleged drug abuse, involvement in love scandals high-profile, alleged same-sex relationships, and an illegitimate child .

Since Prince George was born fifth in line to the throne, he never experienced any of the pressures caused by the impending charge of the crown. He just had to sit back and enjoy his incredibly privileged position. His various affairs reportedly include the likes of society heiress Poppy Baring, American cabaret artist Florence Mills, singer Jessie Matthews and Margaret, Duchess of Argyll. But he doesn’t stop there because George was also believed to have had affairs with men.

There were persistent rumors that Prince George became the lover of the British playwright Noel Coward, as well as the novelist, poet and journalist Cecil Roberts, and the son of the Argentine ambassador, José Evaristo Uriburu. There is even a suggestion that details about the prince’s private life are being kept under lock and key at Windsor Castle, and are said to include accounts that George was once arrested for carrying out a homosexual act, but was released when he was found guilty. revealed his identity. The prince’s most famous affair was with Kiki Preston, also known as “The Girl with the Silver Syringe.” It is believed that she got the royals addicted to drugs, namely cocaine and morphine.

Investigations into Prince George’s private life (despite the castle’s efforts to lock him down) revealed that Prince George rebelled against tradition to immerse himself in “the subversive and potentially scandalous scene” of the London nightlife in the early 20th century. “It was so different from the formal life that he grew up in,” author DJ Taylor told a 2019 docuseries. “Suddenly here, right outside the palace gates, was this burgeoning alternative world socially mixed, free and easy. , which he could take and leave as [he chose].”

This break with tradition was not limited to parties. The Duke of Kent was also related to the expression of his sexuality. “Prince George savored every emotion that came his way: men, women, he didn’t discriminate,” narrator Christy Meyer said in the Smithsonian Channel documentary “Private Lives of the Windsors.” “He recognized no limits to his sexual exploration”. As well as flouting social norms, Prince George was also flouting British law: “He was sailing very, very close to the wind, because you have to remember that at the time homosexuality was illegal,” royal biographer Christopher Warwick said. “You could go to jail for that.” Sex between men in England was not legal until the passing of the Sexual Offenses Act of 1967.

Not everything was party, party, party; Prince George was passionate about aviation, believing it was the future. He held various positions in the Royal Air Force (RAF), including Air Vice-Marshal, General Officer and Air Commodore; where he made official visits to bases to help boost wartime morale. His death in RAF service marked the first time in over 450 years that a member of the royal family had died on active duty. The Duke of Kent died in a plane crash on August 25, 1942, aged 39. The plane went down over Caithness, killing 13 of the 14 people on board.


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