8 black sheep of royal families

Some of these naughty royals’ antics will leave you blushing

8 black sheep of royal families
8 black sheep of royal families
08 Jun 2015

8 black sheep of royal families

Last week, Spanish king Felipe’s nephew was accused of racial abuse at a Madrid theme park after he was reportedly overheard hurling racist insults at a student.

Furious when he was told that he could not jump the queue for a ride, Prince Froilán, 16, shouted: “You shut up, you f***ing chino.” “Chino” is used in Spain to describe a person of Chinese origin. And when a school teacher warned him against pushing in, he allegedly said: “I’m fourth in line to the Spanish throne.”

This is not the first time the young prince has made headlines for the wrong reasons. Read on for more of his and other royals’ notorious indiscretions that have left monarchies red faced.

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Prince Froilán
Prince Froilán
08 Jun 2015

Prince Froilán

Felipe Juan Froilán, the firstborn of King Felipe’s eldest sister Elena de Borbón and Jaime de Marichalar, is quite the problem child. At age six, he stole the spotlight during the wedding of King Felipe and Letizia Ortiz when he was seen kicking his female cousin. And things got worse after his parents divorced in 2010.

In 2012 at age 13, he shot himself in the foot during a hunting trip even though he was below the legal age to use firearms in Spain and during a family holiday in 2013, he allegedly headbutted his cousin Paul and tried to stab him with a skewer. And last year, he was kicked out of school twice after failing his exams.

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Prince Jefri Bolkiah
Prince Jefri Bolkiah
08 Jun 2015

Prince Jefri Bolkiah

Prince Jefri Bolkiah, the younger brother of the Sultan of Brunei and once finance minister for the Brunei government, was one big spender. He had more than 600 properties, 2,000 luxury cars, and at one point was reportedly spending US$50 million a month. Apart from his extravagance, he was also quite the playboy with five wives - he has since divorced two - and 18 children. He was also known to keep some 40 women on call for orgies.

In 2000, his world came crashing down after he was accused of embezzling millions from public funds to pay for his own personal investments. After a settlement agreement, he agreed to return his assets to the state to avoid criminal prosecution.

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Princess Stephanie
Princess Stephanie
08 Jun 2015

Princess Stephanie

Known as the wild child of Monaco’s royal family for her scandalous affairs, Princess Stephanie is a tabloid darling.

Not only was she thrown out of the palace and disinherited by her father, Prince Rainier, Princess Stephanie had three kids out of wedlock - two fathered by her bodyguard whom she later married and divorced, and her other baby daddy was not named.

In 2001, she ran off to the circus with a married elephant tamer and lived with him and her three kids in a caravan. She later left him to marry a Portuguese acrobat in 2003.

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Prince Andrew
Prince Andrew By Ilsa Chan
08 Jun 2015

Prince Andrew

Even before his underage sex slave scandal in January this year, Prince Andrew was already linked to some controversies. The Duke of York had forged friendships with many controversial businessmen and was also dubbed the playboy prince for his liaisons with a string of women including singer Courtney Love and actress Angie Everhart.

Prince Andrew, 56, also has a penchant for the high life. His globe-trotting ways have earned him the nickname “Air Miles Andy” and despite having given up his role as Britain’s global trade ambassador, the prince reportedly racks up more air miles than any member of the royal family.

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Prince Harry
Prince Harry
08 Jun 2015

Prince Harry

Like his uncle Andrew, Prince Harry sure knows how to have fun. Remember how he was caught with his pants down and the pictures splashed across the tabloids after a wild night in Las Vegas in 2012?

Prior to that, he was photographed wearing a Nazi costume at a fancy dress party and even did a short stint in rehab for heavy drinking and drug use when he was 16. Despite his reputation as a party prince, the cheeky redhead is one of the most popular royals and has over the years used his position to do a great deal of good in the world.

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Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn
Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn
08 Jun 2015

Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn

Thailand’s crown prince Maha Vajiralongkorn may be the heir apparent but his arrogance and lavish playboy lifestyle have made him unpopular with the Thais.

The 62-year-old was at the centre of a scandal in 2009 when a video of a decadent birthday party he threw for his poodle Foo Foo emerged. In the clip, his wife Princess Srirasmi was seen feeding cake to the dog in nothing but a G-string.

The Prince’s marital (and extra-marital) adventures have also been frowned upon. While married to his first wife, he fathered five children with his girlfriend. He married her after divorcing his wife, but she later fled to Britain with their daughter. In 2001, he married Srirasmi, a former waitress who worked on his staff. They split last year after her relatives were arrested in a corruption scandal.

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Marina Mowatt
Marina Mowatt
08 Jun 2015

Marina Mowatt

Princess Alexandra’s daughter and Prince Charles’ goddaughter, Marina Mowatt was once a royal rebel whose scandalous behaviour led to a rift with her family.

In her younger days, she posed for a fetish magazine in a tiara and rubber jump suit, and caused a stir in 1989 when she had a child out of wedlock with photographer Paul Mowatt. She later revealed that her parents had told her to get an abortion or have a shotgun wedding, so in an act of defiance, she walked down the aisle in a black dress when she wed Paul in 1990.

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Prince Ernst
Prince Ernst
08 Jun 2015

Prince Ernst

Despite his title as the Prince Ernst of Hanover, the behaviour of Princess Caroline of Monaco’s third husband is none-too-princely. The 61-year-old has been caught a couple of times peeing in public and has been in trouble with the law for his run-ins with photographers and attack on a Kenyan bar owner while on holiday on Lamu in 2000.

And then there’s his infidelity. He got together with Princess Caroline when he was still married to his first wife, and the couple are now estranged no thanks to his philandering ways.

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