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136,690. Lord Louis Mountbatten: the respected war hero. Brutally murdered by the IRA in 1979. But does his public image reflect the man he really was? Known for his military might in World War II, he made some disastrous mistakes that cost the lives of his men. As Viceroy of India he was in charge of independence, but was he to blame for the resulting bloodshed? As self-appointed adviser to Prince Philip, Prince Charles and the Queen, he penetrated the heart of the Royal Family. But his carefully created public image hid a scandalous marriage and sexual exploits. (Assassinations: Mountbatten & Royal Family & Ambition) Lord Mountbatten: Hero or Villain? Channel 5 2021
136,691. ‘He was very impressive and he was a bully. He was very good at getting his own way.’ (Assassinations: Mountbatten & Royal Family & Ambition) ibid. historian
136,692. ‘I’m the most controversial man you can possibly imagine.’ (Assassinations: Mountbatten & Royal Family & Ambition) ibid. Mountbatten
136,693. ‘The shattered and splintered woodwork is mute testiment to the severity of the bomb blast.’ (Assassinations: Mountbatten & Royal Family & Ambition) ibid. news report
136,694. Mountbatten was born in 1900 at the beginning of a century when Britain underwent massive change … A great-grandson of Queen Victoria, they lived in Britain as members of the extended Royal Family. One of four children, Mountbatten, known as Dickie, was the youngest by eight years. (Assassinations: Mountbatten & Royal Family & Ambition) ibid.
136,695. Cozying up to senior royal would only help in his quest to bring honour back to his family name and avenge his father’s departure as head of the Navy. But his aspirations were very nearly derailed by his marriage and the dysfunctional and scandalous private lives led by him and his wife. (Assassinations: Mountbatten & Royal Family & Ambition) ibid.
136,696. In October 1939, while in command of HMS Kelly, Mountbatten was given orders to engage with a German battleship and rescue several hundred British seaman: ‘He decided to do things a different way. He always liked going shortcuts. He was impatient. And the result was he that missed the battleship and he also failed to rescue 600 seaman. As a result, they spent the war in a prisoner of war camp. Mountbatten was arrogant. He thought he knew best. (Assassinations: Mountbatten & Royal Family & Ambition) ibid.
136,697. ‘During his command of the Kelly he lost more than 150 men.’ (Assassinations: Mountbatten & Royal Family & Ambition) ibid. Historian
136,698. ‘He was shameless really in his ambition and his ruthlessness. And he was very effective.’ (Assassinations: Mountbatten & Royal Family & Ambition) ibid.
136,699. Far from covering himself in glory, Mountbatten’s actions in extracting Britain from India were to leave a devastating legacy. (Assassinations: Mountbatten & Royal Family & Ambition & Treason & Border & India & Pakistan) ibid.
136,700. Partition: two days later when the borders were revealed, panic set in. And the full horror of partition was unleashed. In the ensuing weeks, one million people lost their lives, and fifteen million were displaced as people fled across the borders. (Assassinations: Mountbatten & Royal Family & Ambition & Treason & Border & India & Pakistan) ibid.
136,701. Mountbatten had been engaged in an audacious plot to overthrow the prime minister [Harold Wilson] he was now glad-handling. (Assassinations: Mountbatten & Royal Family & Ambition & Treason & Conspiracy & Prime Minister & Labour) ibid.
137,215. The extraordinary life of Princess Alice, the Duke of Edinburgh’s mother and the Queen’s mother in law is one of the best kept secrets in Royal history. Born in Windsor castle, she begins life as a privileged royal. But from the start, Alice is no ordinary princess. She was deaf. She served as a nurse on the front line. She goes on to face huge personal challenges and is committed to an asylum. But she would overcome these struggles to help those in need. (Royal Family & Royalty & Greece) Princess Alice: The Royals’ Greatest Secret, Channel 5 2020
137,216. Reporting of Alice’s death is minimal; it makes just the fourth item in the night’s news. (Royal Family & Royalty & Greece) ibid.
137,217. The Greek monarchy is not a stable one. Greece had only existed as a county in its own right for seventy years following the break-up of the Ottoman empire. (Royal Family & Royalty & Greece) ibid.
137,218. Out of the latest tragedy Princess Alice emerges with a renewed sense of purpose. But her return home to Greece throws up another test: one that takes her into a clandestine battle with the Nazis. (Royal Family & Royalty & Greece) ibid.
137,507. Prince Philip is one of the British monarchy’s most controversial figures. Decidedly old-school and occasionally inappropriate, in start contrast to the younger modern royal family. But before he joined the House of Windsor, Philip’s life was an epic tale of war, illness and tragedy, abandonment, and heroism. It’s a life that dashes from the war-torn Mediterranean to the streets of Paris and school-halls of Nazi Germany. Prince Philip: The Bachelor Years, Channel 5 2020
137,508. Philip’s father’s life is only spared by the court when his cousin, the British King George V, intervenes. ibid.
137,509. Philip’s mother, Alice, is a princess of the German house of Battenberg. ibid.
137,510. ‘Alice felt she communicated with the spiritual world. She took to lying on the floor for great periods of time waiting for the spirits to tell her what she should be doing.’ ibid. Jenny Bond
137,511. Philip would see little of his father or his mother for the rest of his childhood ... 1930: his mother Alice is committed to an asylum in Switzerland and his father Prince Andrew is in Monte Carlo with his mistress. ibid.
137,512. Philip is seen as an outsider. Someone who didn’t go to the right schools. Doesn’t have any money. And is far too outspoken to be a true British gentleman. ibid.
137,513. Britain’s royal palaces: majestic, luxurious, and packed to the rafters with incredible secrets. (Palace & Royal Family) Secrets of the Royal Palaces s1e1, Channel 5 2021
137,514. Royal security under the spotlight as the Queen gets locked out of her own palace [Nelson’s gate]. One of our most loved royals [Diana] is revealed to the world at Balmoral. We explore the blueprints for the most famous royal palace in the world [Buckingham Palace]. (Palace & Royal Family) ibid.
137,515. William’s [golden] weather-vane may be subtle and hidden away but Kensington Palace most certainly isn’t. It’s one of the most public and easily accessible of all the royal palaces. (Palace & Royal Family) ibid.
137,516. For privacy, the royals retreat up to Scotland to their most secluded palace: Balmoral. Located 100 miles north-east of Edinburgh, Balmoral estate has been a royal palace since 1852 when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought the land and commissioned the castle. (Palace & Royal Family) ibid.
137,517. Buckingham Palace on the other hand was designed to be seen. It’s the most famous and the most visited of all the royal palaces. Buckingham Palace is the brainchild of one man: King George IV. (Palace & Royal Family) ibid.
137,518. Marble Arch was painstakingly removed stone by stone to its present location at the end of Oxford Street. (Palace & Royal Family) ibid.
137,519. ‘As recently as 2019 exterminators were called in because rats were seen tearing through the royal kitchens.’ (Palace & Royal Family & Rats) ibid. Kate Williams
137,520. There are more than 100 coaches in the royal collection. (Palace & Royal Family & Rats) ibid.
137,580. The Royal’s hidden getaway: the vast estate of Balmoral … ‘Victoria was infused with the romance of Scotland’ … But Victoria’ and Albert’s fantasy Scottish castle is not to everyone’s taste … ‘Balmoral is a really ugly building’ … In addition to the castle there are 150 other buildings dotted throughout the estate. (Royal Family & Palace) Secrets of the Royal Palaces s1e2, Dr Folye
137,581. We discover that Henry VIII’s great lost palace was a stadium for violence. (Royal Family & Palace) ibid.
137,582. Every wall, corner and staircase of the palaces is lined with sensational features of art including hundreds of portraits. (Royal Family & Palace) ibid.
137,583. William III’s Kensington Palace was built outside of London because he had asthma and wanted to avoid the pollution. (Royal Family & Palace) ibid.
137,711. We learn how these iconic creations were built. Uncover the spectacular art housed therein … ‘More than a million objects spread across the royal palaces’ … Discover their gruesome stories. And relive the recent events that shaped the modern royal family. (Royal Family & Palace) Secrets of the Royal Palaces s1e3
137,712. The United Kingdom’s royal palaces have the unique power to capture the imagination. Sightseers from across the globe flock to Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and Holyrood. (Royal Family & Palace) ibid.
137,713. The granddaddy of them all: Windsor Castle. While it may not be called a palace, for 900 years this fortress has been a home from home to Britain’s royalty … ‘Windsor castle is the largest occupied castle on the planet’ … This vast royal home comprises 951 rooms including 225 bedrooms and covers some 13 acres, and the look is straight out of a fairy-book. (Royal Family & Palace & Castle & Home) ibid.
137,714. The Queen’s Doll’s House: built in the 1920s … showcasing contributions from 1,500 of the finest craftsmen and manufacturers of the day, this was not your average doll’s house ... ‘there was bathrooms, a garage, cellars, a vault, kitchens, it’s simply the most spectacular doll’s house anywhere in the world’ … including 700 paintings … real jewellers and goldsmiths … a library an envy of any book club ... no detail was too small … ‘electricity was installed throughout the house’ … proper taps with hot and cold running water … even the cellar is the real deal. (Royal Family & Palace & Castle & Home) ibid.
137,541. Sarah Ferguson: the outspoken and often outrageous duchess who can’t stop putting her foot in it. And her other half, Prince Andrew, the Queen’s second son and by all accounts her favourite. Together they make up the most controversial couple in the Royal Family. High profile problems have plagued them. They reeled from one disaster to the next. So why has it gone so wrong for this royal couple? Is it about craving attention? Or are they just out of touch? (Royal Family & Scandal) Fergie & Andrew: The Duke & Duchess of Disaster, Channel 5 2021
137,542. ‘One of Andrews biggest biggest failings is his singular lack of judgment. And that’s bound up in a sense of entitlement and arrogance that he’s always had frankly.’ (Royal Family & Scandal) ibid. Richard Kay, Daily Mail
137,543. The Ferguson family always had close links to the Royal Family. Her father, Major Ron, was polo manager initially to the Duke of Edinburgh and later Charles. Sarah and Prince Andrew were friends as youngsters. (Royal Family & Scandal) ibid.
137,544. Fergie threw herself into London life; she went on to have serious relationships … She enjoyed the jet-set lifestyle. (Royal Family & Scandal) ibid.
137,545. In 1985 she found her prince … Randy Andy … He was one of the country’s most eligible bachelors. (Royal Family & Scandal) ibid.
137,546. On a hot July day in 1986 the country celebrated: Fergie’s 17-foot train had the initials A & S intertwined and sewn in silver beads. (Royal Family & Scandal) ibid.
137,547. In 1987 she took part in the now infamous It’s a Royal Knockout. (Royal Family & Scandal) ibid.
137,549. A new controversial chapter in his life was about to start … For over a decade, Prince Andrew has been engulfed by the biggest controversy of his Royal life, a life that’s been beset by scandals. (Royal Family & Scandal) ibid.
137,550. Despite the grainy and low quality image, she can be heard offering access to Prince Andrew … ‘Five hundred thousand pounds, when you can, to me … open doors.’ (Royal Family & Scandal) ibid. Fergie
137,558. We’ve all heard the stories: the spoilt couple, the tantrums, the split. But there are two sides to every story. Tonight, we hear Meghan and Harry’s side. What caused the rifts? And who is to blame? Was Harry really as unhappy as is claimed. Were Meghan and Kate really at war? Or did the couple simple demand too much? Meghan & Harry: The New Revelations, 5 Star 2021
137,559. At the heart of the rift is Harry and Meghan’s decision to step down as senior royals. There are many reasons given but crucially we are told they were fed up being controlled by the royal institution.
137,560. Finding Freedom Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family. ibid. the book
137,561. The couple made their shock Instagram announcement. ibid.
137,562. The new book also gives us into an insight into Harry' and William’s relationship. ibid.
137,563. By November Harry had had enough and issued an extraordinary statement asking the press to leave his girlfriend alone. ibid.
137,564. Finding Freedom details a conversation that supposedly took place just before Harry proposed to Meghan. William is quoted as saying. ‘Don’t feel you need to rush this … Take as much time as your need to know this girl.’ ibid.
137,565. Whatever the truth, Meghan and Kate’s relationship soon became a favourite topic for the tabloids. ibid.
137,566. Did Meghan really know what she was letting herself in for when she married into the Royal Family? Some stories show how she struggled to get to grips with royal life. ibid.