The royal family are, of course, a very British institution. But it’s hard to deny that they’re also something of a scandal factory. That’s probably why the gossip magazines and the tabloid newspapers love them so much – they’re like the world’s longest-running reality TV show. Keeping Up With the Windsors?. Hey, it could work pretty well if they ever found themselves short of cash. So here are 20 of the scandals and secrets that the Crown and its public relations machine would have preferred to keep under wraps – and they’re mostly worse than anything the Kardashians have ever gotten up to.
If you’re a British history buff, you’ll already know that Wallis Simpson won the heart of King Edward VIII and triggered a 1936 abdication crisis in the process. What you may not be aware of, though, is that Simpson had some very unsavory personal opinions. During World War II, for example, the FBI uncovered that she’d been a lover to the Nazis’ foreign minister and was “pro-German in her sympathies.” Edward VIII, too, reportedly shared at least some of her views.