Friday, July 1, 2016

Rumors swirl around royal princes

July 1, 1926

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Prince of Wales and his younger brother, Prince Henry are now "coupled" in the 'royal rumor sweepstakes.

The "good Dowagers of the British isles," especially those who are the mothers of eligible young women,  appear to be "much concerned over the apparent diffidence" of the two royal princes toward marriage.

In the last few years, there has been much speculation on "one lady or another" as a possible royal bride, but the princes apparently are not paying any attention to the rumors, and are content to remain bachelors for the time being.

Today, the girl most likely is Lady May Cambridge, the daughter of the Earl of Athlone and his wife, Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone.

Lady May is 20 years old, and is being mentioned as the Prince of Wales' prospective bride.  She and the Prince of Wales are first cousins,  as Lord Athlone is the younger brother of Queen Mary.   Princess Alice is a first cousin of King George V, which makes Lady May and the Prince of Wales second cousins as well.


Michelle said...

Marlene, have you heard of a "tv series" (longer than a mini-series, but shorter than a typical TV series) called Crowns & Jewels? I stumbled upon it while browsing Amazon, and as it's free to watch for Prime members, I decided to check it out. I'd never even heard it MENTIONED anywhere, so although it's several years old, this is news to me! It's in Dutch (I assume - definitely sounds like Dutch) and is a fictionalized account of the life of the now-Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands. Series 1 & 2 each have roughly 5 episodes so that's about 10 in total. Looks like the first was aired in 2009 and the second in 2011. It's weird though - it starts out as the story through Prince Bernhard's eyes, and switches from the present day back to decades ago. The second series starts with the car attack in 2009, and ends with Willem-Alexander becoming king. Very little of the present day from what I can tell.

Obviously it's not going to be 100% accurate, but have you heard of this? Do you know if it's completely made up, or if the "behind the scenes" parts show either things known to be true or rumors that have actually been reported?

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

have never heard of it. I don't get Amazom prime so cannot watch it on TV/ There are several major scandals in the Dutch royal family

Michelle said...

Just so you know, I checked while I was watching and you can watch it without having Prime. It's $0.99/episode, or $2.99/season of 4 episodes. With two seasons, you can watch all 8 episodes for $6 if you so choose. I don't know if you're someone who wants the details to be absolutely correct, or if you enjoy things based on real royals that take some dramatic license. The descriptions of the episodes are very confusing because of the time jumps (between present day as of a few years ago & back to Prince Bernhard's days in season 1 and Prince Claus' days in season 2) so they don't help much. The third episode of season 1 has a description saying Beatrix died, but it was really Juliana. I've watched all of the first season and am now almost halfway through the second. I know a lot of the genealogy side of the Dutch royal family, but not the details of scandals other than the issue with Maxima's father & Prince Friso's marriage not being approved by the government, so I can't say how accurate it is. I'm enjoying the second season more than the first, but that may be simply because Prince Bernhard (as portrayed in this show) is not all that likeable to me. Anyway, just wanted to let you know that if you were interested you could watch it for a rather low price in case you were curious about it or have time to kill over the weekend. Have a great day!

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

I cannot watch Prime on my TV ... no way to watch it on a tv