The British royal family has had their fair share of drama and scandals over the years. From Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ tumultuous marriage to King Edward VIII choosing love over country, the Brits — as posh as they are — haven’t exactly kept their noses clean. However, they aren’t the only monarchy still reigning around the world.
Royal families all across the globe have had trouble keeping their most scandalous skeletons in the closet and swept under the rug. As shocking secrets were revealed, heads rolled, the media went into a frenzy, and the public has been rightfully outraged. The most sensational royal family scandals ever just prove that even the most regal among us are still human beings at their core.
15. Prince Bernhard and his underhanded deals
Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld’s greed came to light most embarrassingly. The prince was married to Queen Juliana of the Netherlands. In 1959, the Dutch government was in search of some new jet fighters. One company, the Lockheed Corporation, was bidding for the contract, so they approached Prince Bernhard to put in a good word for them. The good word cost the company an astounding $1 million, which Prince Bernhard quickly stowed away in an offshore account.
The company won the contract, but in the 1970s, their deal with Prince Bernhard was revealed. (He’d also been paid an additional $100,000 in the mid-1960s as well by Lockheed.) The backhanded deal was so scandalous that Queen Juliana threatened to abdicate if her husband was prosecuted. Instead, the prince was forced to resign from official duties, and he was forbidden to wear a Dutch military uniform.
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