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.