December 4, 1929
Clarence Guy Gordon Haddon, who says he is the illegitimate son of the late Duke of Clarence, brother of King George V, " has been remanded to jail, reports the Associated Press.
Haddon, who is jobless, wrote to the king saying he "was forced to wash his own dirty linen in a backroom 'and that of the royal family in public for a living.'"
His statement and extract from letters were read at a preliminary hearing today in a London court at Haddon's hearing. He has been charged with an attempt to extort money from King George.
Haddon, who is 43 years old, will learn on December 12 whether he will stand trial.
He wrote that he would have been "satisfied" with £600 ($3000) a year, and "enough ready money to start a modern boarding house."
"I don't want a great fortune in life, but only a comfortable living," he wrote in his letter. "It would only have taken a year's income from my late father to have made me the happiest and most contented man in the British Empire. It would have meant so little to the royal family.
"The blessing of God would have been on their household for years, whereas now I will be a byword to the world and so will the name of the royal family.
"Within a few days I have having made sandwich boards giving the particulars of my case. I shall personally carry this board about the streets of London to secure justice."
In his opening statement, the prosecutor declared: "There is absolutely no evidence to support his assertion."