Secrets of the British royal family


The Royal family poses for fourteen-year-old Prince William’s confirmation. Photo courtesy of Tim Graham picture library, Getty Images

Leeanne Pacheco, Reporter

    The royal family of Britain is most notable for having a monarchy, although it is completely dead now. They are still recognized today for undertaking official state and national duties. Due to the attention, the royal family receives worldwide, they must keep dark secrets within their private life. Let’s not forget about the past and reveal some of the secrets the royal family attains but doesn’t want the public eye to know. 

The hidden cousins 

   In 1987 news broke out that two of Queen Elizabeth’s first cousins were hidden from the public. Their names were Katherine and Nerissa Bowes-Lyon, the daughters of Fenella, and John Herbert Bowes-Lyon, the brother of The Queen Mother (Queen Elizabeth). Around the age of three, the sisters developed a lifelong mental disability in learning and talking. It was claimed that the disability was descended from their maternal Grandfather, Charles Trefusis. Following the death of her father, Katherine and Nerissa were secretly sent to a mental facility in London, Royal Earlswood Hospital in Redhill. The institution was known for poor sanitation and overcrowding, none of which the royal family members would adapt to. It was declared that Fennella would come continuously to visit her daughters, however, there was no official record that either sister had ever been visited by their family members, nor did they ever receive a birthday or holiday present. In the 1963 edition of Burke’s Peerage, a guidebook to the British aristocracy was lied upon, claiming that both sisters had died in 1940. Nerissa actually died in 1986 and Katherine died in 2014. Who knew that the British members were ever going to conceal their own children from the public?

Princess Diana threw herself down the stairs while pregnant

   In 1991, tapes were recorded by Diana and sent to journalist Andrew Morton, as her marriage was disintegrating. The recording stated that while she was four months pregnant with Prince Williams, she threw herself down the stairs in order to get her husband’s attention during his affair with Camila Parker Bowles. 

   “I had told Charles I felt so desperate and I was crying my eyes out. He said I was a crying wolf. ‘I’m not going to listen,’ he said. ‘You’re always doing this to me. I’m going riding now,” stated in the recording. 

   Throughout her pregnancy, Diana had also been dealing with Bulimia, which is a type of emotional eating disorder. Diana said that when the Queen found out she was horrified and frightened. Unfortunately, Diana was left with purple bruises around her stomach. 

Prince Philip’s secret love affair

   In the month of October 1948, it was rumored that Philip and famous singer Pat Kirkwood had dinner together during Queen Elizabeth’s pregnancy. In 1957, the rumor finally reached the press.  

“The Duke of Edinburgh was romantically involved with an unnamed woman whom he met on a regular basis in the West End apartment of a society photographer,” according to Newsweek. 

   Although Buckingham Palace tried to deny the speculations, there are other rumors that Philip had other secret relationships with younger women. 

  From hiding your own children to throwing oneself downstairs to keeping a love affair obscured, these aren’t all the secrets the Royals have owned up to. There is no doubt that some of their darkest secrets have already been buried alive and quite successfully been forgotten by the public.