Queen Elizabeth II might be well into her 90s, but she still has a ton of things on her plate to worry about. The British Royal Family is in a golden age of prosperity and popularity, and for the most part, things are going smoothly. However, throughout the queen’s reign which has stretched past 70 years, she’s had to deal with setbacks, scandals and a ton of embarrassments. Unfortunately, even with the addition of Duchess Kate Middleton, Duchess Meghan Markle, and the little royals, she has to be sure that the royal family adheres to a certain standard of decency. Unfortunately, not everyone in the royal family leads a scandal-free life.
Princess Michael of Kent is perhaps one of the most embarrassing and scandal-riddled royals of the modern day. She married into the family when she wed Queen Elizabeth II’s first cousin, Prince Michael of Kent in 1978. Princess Michael of Kent — who was born Baroness Marie Christine von Reibnit has not been a woman of quiet grace. Instead, she’s been dubbed the “Rent-a-Princess” by the press and the royal family. Here are all the ways she’s embarrassed herself and the royals over the years. You won’t believe the nasty things she’s said about Princess Diana (page 12).
1. A Nazi father
Though Princess Michael of Kent is of royal blood herself and can trace her lineage back to French kings and queens and German and Hungarian nobility, her background still raised some eyebrows. She was born shortly before the defeat of Nazi Germany in the Czech Republic to Baron Günther Hubertus von Reibnitz and his second wife, Countess Maria Anna Carolina Franziska Walburga Bernadett.
Her father was a member of the Nazi party, serving as Major in World War II. After the war ended, Princess Michael’s parents divorced and she her mother and her older brother moved to Australia.
Next: A scandalous background