5 royal scandals juicier than Prince Andrew's 'sex slave' case

These royal family drama are more salacious than a soap opera. 

5 royal scandals juicier than Prince Andrew's 'sex slave' case
5 royal scandals juicier than Prince Andrew's 'sex slave' case
30 Mar 2015

5 royal scandals juicier than Prince Andrew's 'sex slave' case

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It hasn’t been a good start to the New Year for Prince Andrew. The Duke of York was holidaying with his family in Switzerland when news of his underage sex scandal broke on January 2.

A US woman, Virginia Roberts, claimed that she was forced to have sex with the British royal when she was 17. Kept as a ‘sex slave’ by disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, a known friend of the Prince, she alleged that she had sexual relations with Andrew on three occasions - in London, New York and on Epstein’s private Caribbean island during an orgy with other underage girls - between 1999 to 2002.

Buckingham Palace has denied all claims stating that "any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue".

While this may be one of the biggest scandals to rock the monarchy in recent years, it is mild compared to these shocking royal family drama. Now, who says royals are boring? 

5 royal scandals juicier than Prince Andrew's 'sex slave' case
5 royal scandals juicier than Prince Andrew's 'sex slave' case
30 Mar 2015

5 royal scandals juicier than Prince Andrew's 'sex slave' case

Tampon-gate

Before Prince Charles and Camilla became man and wife, there was “Tampon-gate”.

In 1991, when he was still married to Diana, Charles was caught in a secretly recorded phone conversation telling longtime lover Camilla Parker Bowles that he wanted to be her tampon.

Charles: "Oh god. I'll just live inside your trousers or something. It would be much easier!"

Camilla: (Laughs.) "What are you going to turn into, a pair of knickers?" (Both laugh). "Oh, you're going to come back as a pair of knickers." 

Charles: "Or, God forbid, a Tampax. Just my luck!" (Laughs.)

Camilla: "You are a complete idiot!" (Laughs.) "Oh, what a wonderful idea!"

Though the pair finally got their happy-ever-after in 2005, we will forever have that mental image burned into our minds.

5 royal scandals that are juicier than Prince Andrew’s ‘sex slave’ case
5 royal scandals that are juicier than Prince Andrew’s ‘sex slave’ case
30 Mar 2015

5 royal scandals that are juicier than Prince Andrew’s ‘sex slave’ case

Prince Harry’s crown jewels

You know the saying “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”? Well, not this time.

Prince Harry displayed more than just his wild side when naked photos of him made headlines in August 2012.

The snaps of the party prince in the buff, covering his privates, were taken by a fellow reveller during a game of strip billiards in his hotel room in Sin City.

Following the scandal, the wild child of Kensington Palace admitted that he had let himself and his family down, but maintained that the incident was a violation of his privacy.

5 royal scandals that are juicier than Prince Andrew’s ‘sex slave’ case
5 royal scandals that are juicier than Prince Andrew’s ‘sex slave’ case
30 Mar 2015

5 royal scandals that are juicier than Prince Andrew’s ‘sex slave’ case

Runaway bride

On the outside, Princess Charlene and Prince Albert of Monaco’s union is that of fairytales - South African girl meets prince, they get married and are now parents to twins, a boy and a girl.

However, just days before their 2011 wedding, Charlene reportedly had cold feet and tried to flee three times (her passport was later confiscated) after rumours surfaced that Albert had fathered a third love child while they were dating. The playboy prince already had a daughter with a former waitress and a son from an affair with a former air stewardess.

While Charlene eventually went ahead with the “arranged marriage”, her displeasure was written all over her face as she walked down the aisle.

She was spotted crying on several occasions during the wedding and was even photographed grimacing at Prince Albert’s kiss.

In 2013, Charlene finally broke her silence on rumours of her escape attempt, calling them “lies”, and revealed that the tears she shed were happy ones.

5 royal scandals that are juicier than Prince Andrew’s ‘sex slave’ case
5 royal scandals that are juicier than Prince Andrew’s ‘sex slave’ case
30 Mar 2015

5 royal scandals that are juicier than Prince Andrew’s ‘sex slave’ case

Poolside tryst with a stripper

Prince Albert wasn’t the only unfaithful one in Monaco’s royal family. Princess Stephanie’s former husband and bodyguard, Daniel Ducruet, was given the royal boot after he was caught with his pants down in a poolside tryst with a stripper.

Explicit photos and videos of Ducruet’s romp with Miss Topless Belgium, Muriel "Fili" Mol-Houteman, were plastered across tabloids and TV screens.

Turns out, it was all a set up. Mol-Houteman had turned up unannounced at Ducruet’s house and lured him into sex in full view of a photographer accomplice.

Ducruet claimed he was framed and that his champagne had been spiked but that wasn’t enough to save his marriage. He and the princess divorced in 1996.

5 royal scandals that are juicier than Prince Andrew’s ‘sex slave’ case
5 royal scandals that are juicier than Prince Andrew’s ‘sex slave’ case
30 Mar 2015

5 royal scandals that are juicier than Prince Andrew’s ‘sex slave’ case

Foot fetish

This was not a case of Sarah Ferguson putting her foot in her mouth, though she is no stranger to that too.

In 1992, pictures of Texan businessman John Bryan sucking the toes of a topless Fergie were splashed across the tabloids. Though Fergie had already separated from Prince Andrew, the royal family was clearly not amused.

The only defence Bryan could muster was that he hadn’t been sucking on her toes, just kissing her foot. Right, that makes things a lot better.

Fergie and Prince Andrew divorced in 1996 but she caused a scandal again in 2010 when she was exposed for offering an undercover reporter access to the Prince for £500,000.

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