12 Most Scandalous Royal Relationships
Some people assume that every royal relationship is a fairy tale in the making, but that isn’t always true. In fact, some of these romances come with controversy and scandal. From affairs and secret love children to commoners with questionable pasts, here are the 12 most scandalous royal relationships:
12. Princess Stephanie of Monaco and Daniel Ducruet
Princess Stephanie of Monaco – daughter of Prince Ranier and Grace Kelly – was always a bit of a rebel. In 1992, she began a relationship with her bodyguard, Daniel Ducruet, and had two of his children out of wedlock. In 1995, the two got married, but their wedded bliss was short-lived, as the following year he was caught by paparazzi engaging in foreplay with a cabaret singer in Villefranche. This wasn’t her only scandalous relationship. In 2002, she began dating an elephant trainer, Franco Knie, and she moved, along with her children, into his circus caravan. When that relationship ended, she married a Portuguese acrobat who was part of Knie’s circus ensemble in 2003, but that relationship ended in divorce the following year.
11. Princess Margaret and Peter Townsend
Before her marriage to Antony Armstrong-Jones, Princess Margaret had an affair with Peter Townsend, who was 16 years her senior. She was reportedly just 17 when they fell in love in 1947 when he was working for her father as an equerry. Although they wanted to get married, they were ultimately unable to do so because he was divorced. Margaret was informed that if she were to marry him, she would have to forfeit her royal rights and income and would also have to leave England for at least five years, so she decided to put her duties to the commonwealth ahead of her love for Townsend.