Prince Harry's Nude Photos Plus 24 More British Royal Family Scandals (GALLERY)

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As Prince Harry's still-unfolding nude photo debacle reminds us, no one does scandal quite like the British royals. The clash between the stiff-upper-lip stoicism that duty requires of them and the human foibles they try to keep hidden -- with the added frissons of worldwide fame and unimaginable wealth -- always make for irresistible gossip.

It's been that way for hundreds of years, at least since the days of wife-swappin', head-choppin' Henry VIII, but the monarchy's propensity for scandal seems to have kicked into high gear among the members of the House of Windsor -- though they may just have been unlucky enough to live during an age of mass media that have amplified their every misstep into a full-blown catastrophe.

Plus, the British royals have little real power and their roles are largely ceremonial; no wonder the public seems to think they exist just to provide us with entertainment. All due respect to the Kardashians and the Osbournes, but the Windsors are really the first and foremost family of celebreality.

What are the modern monarchy's most gossip-worthy moments?

Who could endure such constant, lifelong scrutiny without slipping? Not the Windsors, and that's why they continue to generate headlines and set tongues wagging all over the world.

Here, then, are 25 of the British monarchy's most memorable moments of misbehavior in the modern era. Let us know if we've left out any of your favorites.

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  • bj pearce
    bj pearce

    the bad thing about Harry wearing the Nazi uniform to the costume party was not that he wore the costume, but that he didn't know enough about his country's historyand the holocaust to realize what the costume symbolized!

  • nightmary
    nightmary

    "Happily ever after?" Guess again: according to letters penned by Wallis, she had cold feet. Having made her bed with the entire world looking on, there was no way out for her. She often regarded her David with disdain, belittling him in front of mortified company.

  • nightmary
    nightmary

    Too bad; his girlfriend seemed very nice.

  • nightmary
    nightmary

    Isn't it traditional to wear a frightening costume for Hallowe'en?

  • nightmary
    nightmary

    A real piece of work, this one.

  • nightmary
    nightmary

    Yep.

  • nightmary
    nightmary

    This one wins as the most memorable. Really, Charles!

  • nightmary
    nightmary

    I still wish these two would reconcile.

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