Kate-Meghan, And Other Royal Feuds That Made Headlines
A Battle Royale
Rumours of a bitter fallout between the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle (right), and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton (left), have been making headlines. But they aren’t the first aristocrats — or the last — to have a royal feud.
The frosty relationship between Sarah Ferguson (left) and Prince Philip (right), Duke of Edinburgh, has been no secret. Once Prince Philip’s favourite daughter-in-law, Fergie fell out of favour following her scandal-plagued divorce from Prince Andrew in 1996. While most of the royal family have put their past issues with Fergie aside, Prince Philip continues to hold a grudge. There were speculations that he wouldn’t attend the wedding of his granddaughter Princess Eugenie (Fergie and Andrew’s younger daughter). However, not only did he mark his presence, he even posed for photographs, the first time the pair was pictured together in 26 years.
The Dutch royal family had its share of scandal in 2003 when Princess Margarita (right), Countess of Colorno, washed their dirty linen in public. She claimed that the then Dutch Queen Máxima (centre) and her maternal aunt, Beatrix (left), had ordered the Dutch Secret Service to investigate Margarita’s husband, Edwin de Roy van Zuydewijn, who was a commoner. However, the marriage ended in divorce. Margarita got married again to a Dutch lawyer in 2008.
When in public, most royals prefer to project the image of a happy, regal family. But during Easter mass last year, the friction between Spain’s royal family was palpable. A video showed Queen Letizia (right) blocking photographers from taking a picture of her mother-in-law, Queen Sofia (left), with the former’s two daughters - Princess Leonor (second left) and Princess Sofia. In another video, Queen Letizia was found wiping off a kiss Queen Sofia planted on one of the princesses.
Castles In The Air
In 2017, Prince Ernst August (not in pic), head of the nowdeposed royal House of Hanover, stirred up some royal drama when he announced a formal opposition to the marriage of his elder son, also known as Prince Ernst August (in pic), based on a simple premise: he wanted his castles back, along with family property deeded over to his son between 2004-2006. According to reports, August Sr, known for courting scandals, said that “the decision was not easy for me, because it concerns my son. But I am forced to do so in order to preserve the interests of the House of Hanover and the property, including cultural property, which has been its property for centuries”.
Prince Henrik (in pic) of Denmark, who passed away last year, had his share of problems with the monarchy. After his wife Margrethe II became queen in 1972, Henrik became the first male consort in Danish history. In 2017, Henrik refused to be buried next to his wife in Roskilde Cathedral, the Danish royal burial place, unless he was named king. He claimed the title was gender discrimination. Six months after his death, half of Henrik’s ashes were scattered in the private garden at Fredensborg Castle. The other half were scattered in Danish waters.