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A London despatch of March 26th says: –
"Some of the society papers have hinted at a scandal in high London society which affected directly one of the members of the royal family. Everybody here understands and talks freely about what none of the papers here have ventured to more than hint at. The story, stripped of all its improbable features, relates to Prince Albert Victor of Wales, eldest son of the Prince of Wales, who is said to be infatuated with Lady Churchill, and whose attention to her had given rise to much talk.
The young prince, who is regarded as the next English King, as everyone thinks that the Queen will outlive the Prince of Wales, is a youth of very feeble mind and the constant butt of the radical papers. He is only 23, and as such is a typical dude in his manner and dress that is known among radical writers as "collars and cuffs." The young prince has been ordered to Malta. He was detached from the Prince of Wales’ Own (Tenth Hussars) and ordered to the Sixtieth Rifles. He left last week under the guardianship of Colonel Greville and one other equerry.
This is the first time, it is said, that the heir presumptive to the throne has been sent off on a foreign duty. The young man has evidently been put through a severe course of discipline. He has been lectured by his grandmother, the Queen, and his father and mother. The malady of the young prince is regarded simply as a severe case of calf love. Lady Churchill is blamed by no one. The proof that there is not the slightest blame to be attached to Lady Churchill is shown in the very gracious reception given to her by the Queen at the last drawing-room, and be the very marked attentions which have been paid to her by the Prince and Princess of Wales. Lord Randolph has since returned to England.
A London despatch of March 28th says: –
"The reason, it is stated, why Prince Albert Victor was sent to Gibraltar was that the Prince of Wales found his son taking a great fancy to the gaieties of London society, and also that he had fallen in love with the Princess Mary of Teck, the prettiest princess in the royal family, but who was disapproved of by the Queen and by the Princess of Wales."
Source: Taranaki Herald, Volume XXXVI, Issue 7367, 10 May 1887, Page 4

The Unpopular Prince

Posted: January 21, 2010 in Prince Albert Victor
The growing unpopularity of Prince Albert Victor is giving both the Queen and the Prince of Wales serious anxiety. The young man will take no pains to propitiate people. He is dense, apathetic, short-tempered, and sulky. The Marlborough House set made him their butt. His father alternately scolds or exhorts, whilst his mother pets and protects him. The young Princesses of Wales openly deride Victor’s "stolidity," and even "Brother George" must feel a certain amount of contempt for his elder’s lack of savoir faire. The Queen alone treats the heir-presumptive with consideration. At Windsor or Balmoral the young Prince is always sure of a cordial welcome, though her Majesty makes no secret of her disappointment at his repeated failures in public. Considering how well most of the Royal Family deliver common-place speeches, Albert Victor’s utter inability to string together half-a-dozen sentences coherently seems inexplicable. For years past the chief work of his life with Canon Dalton has been studying this very art, yet he has not even mastered the ABC of public speaking. Even if it is merely a case of returning thanks after dinner, the speech has to be written out for him. When he repeats it he does so like a parrot, without feeling or expression, and then, plumping down in his chair, takes no further interest in the proceedings whatever they may be. At several public dinners lately his Royal Highness has given offence by chatting loudly to his neighbour whilst speaking was going on. His guttural request, too – "Where can I have my suggurette?" comes nearly as often as his parent’s "I really must have a cigar"; and at Edinburgh, not long ago, he completely disorganised a whole day’s arrangements.
Source: Evening Post, Volume XXXII, Issue 136, 23 October 1886, Page 1
I have never heard of this before:
(London Correspondent "Dunedin Star")
A very strange story is being whispered about the clubs, but has not as yet got into print. I have heard it twice, and in each case the narrator explained that he learnt it from his wife, who was told the tale by one of the royal tradesfolk (presumably a dress maker), who got it – of course in strictest confidence – from the upper servant (the dresser or superiors lady’s maid to the Princess of Wales she said) at Sandringham. The narrative has to do with poor Prince Eddie’s death, which, it alleges, was not the result of natural causes. His Royal Highness, the story goes, had certainly the influenza, as given out, but he was getting over it nicely, when, in a fit of low spirits, he drank some of the carbolic disinfectant placed in the sick room. The doctors stomach-pumped him and did all they could to bring the young man round, but the influenza and the poison combined proved too much for a by no means robust constitution, and he ultimately sank and died, much as described in the newspapers. The yarn goes on that within a few hours of the Prince succumbing, the Princess of Wales, who was in the deepest distress, summoned the women folk of the household, and, besides entreating them as a suffering woman, laid her royal commands on them, one and all, that there should be no gossip either in or outside the house, concerning the duke’s death. Her Royal Highness gave no reason for or explanation of this strange request, which was also, it is said, made by the Prince to the men servant. Amongst the household it was no secret that Prince Eddie had been in wretched spirits for some time previously; ever since, indeed, the suicide of the Gaiety girl with whom the tongue of scandal connected his name. Whether there was or was not any truth in that rumor the servants don’t know. They say, however, that about the same date a violent quarrel took place between the duke and his father at Marlborough House. The two men were locked in the Prince’s sanctum together, and their voices were raised so high in anger that the Princess grew alarmed, and, regardless of the expose, summoned servants to assist her in interrupting them. From that day, Prince Eddie was dull and depressed. I can hardly imagine anybody deliberately or malevolently inventing a tale of this sort, so that I think it must have some foundation. Moreover, one instantly recalls the extraordinary precautions adopted to keep all strangers, especially reporters, outside Sandringham during the days immediately following the Prince’s decease.
Source: West Coast Times, Issue 9601, 14 August 1893, Page 4

Strange Command

Posted: July 20, 2009 in Prince Albert Victor
A Big Job Ahead

A bureau of press clippings in London has received the royal "command" to furnish twenty distinct sets of newspaper cuttings from every periodical in the world, so far as obtainable, referring to the death of Prince Albert Victor. The sets are to be pasted each in a separate album. The section directed to American clippings should make a very edifying collection, if the bureau is faithful in obeying the command. – New York Sun.

Source: Barnstable Patriot, May 10, 1892, page 4

Note: I find this to be a very strange request indeed (pardon me, "Command"), and why would this be commanded 4 months after Prince Albert Victor’s death? Why not straight away? I mean, he died of influenza on January 14, 1892. Hmmmm…..

Strange it must have seemed to the British royal family and something of a forecast of doom to find that there were a hundred thousand workingmen, thoroughly organized, who refused to send resolutions of condolence on the death of Prince Albert Victor, at the same time that the same workingmen passed resolutions expressive of the sincerest sorrow at the loss of Cardinal Manning. They knew who had been their friend.

Source: Barnstable Patriot, March 29, 1892, page 1

Note: How pitiful! It never ceases to amaze me how certain individuals expect (Command) everyone to like them just because they wear a crown!

Another Scandal Affecting the British Aristocracy.
Was Prince Albert Victor the Dead Actress’s "Friend?"



LONDON, Oct. 5. – Newspapers here denounce the coroner for keeping secret the depositions taken at the inquest as to the cause of the death of Lydia Miller, or Manton, the actress, who suicided last week. Considerable interest is being taken in the case. At the inquest on Saturday Lord Charles Montague, a brother of the Duke of Manchester, testified to having been on very intimate terms with the deceased. Since the inquest mysterious allusions have been made in the newspapers to a certain high personage, understood to be Prince Albert Victor, the eldest son of the Prince of Wales, even also is said to have had intimate relations with the dead girl. The London Star says that Lord Charles came forward at the inquest and assumed the role of a particular friend, in order to screen another.
The coroner today still refuses access to the depositions taken and it is openly stated that the members of the coroner’s jury were called upon to sign a blank paper instead of the usual record of proceedings. The Star says the truth as to the mystery will never be known and that it is obvious that another inquest has been hushed up without good cause.

Source: The Winona Daily Republican, Winona, Minnesota, Monday Evening, October 5, 1891

Prince Jack

Posted: May 21, 2009 in Prince Albert Victor

"Prince Jack" Adds Fuel To Fire

The case of Jack the Ripper remains officially unsolved. Despite rumors that certain British authorities knew who the killer was, his identity has never been made public.
However, in 1970, an elderly British physician named Dr. Thomas Stowell wrote an article in an obscure criminology journal strongly suggesting that Jack the Ripper had been a member of the royal family. Dr. Stowell had access to the private papers of the physician who had actually treated the murderer of five London prostitutes between 1888 and 1891.
Dr. Stowell’s evidence led directly to Edward, Duke of Clarence, grandson of Queen Victoria, older brother of George V, the father of Queen Elizabeth and heir to the throne of England.
The current Royal Family was aghast. They kept a stiff upper lip in the face of Dr. Stowell’s revelation, but pressure from the crown forced the old man to deny that the Duke of Clarence was the killer in his article.
Only one investigator outside Scotland Yard has seen the Jack the Ripper files. He is Frank Spiering, author of "Prince Jack" (Doubleday), a book that is perhaps the final solution to this fascinating historical cover-up.

Question: Are you certain beyond a reasonable doubt that the Duke of Clarence was Jack the Ripper?

Answer: Absolutely. – The evidence shows that Jack the Ripper couldn’t be anybody else but him – despite a 90 year cover-up by Scotland Yard and the British government.

Q: Have you been able to prove by royal documents and calendars that the Duke of Clarence was present in London at the time of each murder?

A. Well, there’s no indication he wasn’t present. The royal family issued a circular in 1970 in order to refute Dr. Stowell’s theory stating that the Duke was at Sandringham at his father’s birthday on the date of the last murder. However, I know that the Duke could have taken an early train after the slaying and arrived at Sandringham in time for the party.

Q. Did the Duke of Clarence have the character of a mass murderer?

A. His childhood was horrifying. His deaf mother, Princess Alexandra disliked him. And his distant father, the Prince of Wales neglected him. At Cambridge, he fell into the hands of a homosexual tutor named James Steven. They became lovers and the duke eventually contracted syphilis. Steven despised whores and apparently transferred this intense feeling to his friend.

Q. What was Jack the Ripper’s motive?

A. I believe this man identified very strongly with his victims and by destroying them was acting out his own sense of self-destruction.

Q. How did Scotland Yard cover up Jack the Ripper’s identity?

A. First, the investigation was subverted by the withdrawal of all the policemen on the case who were heading in the right direction. Second, over the years, all the incriminating Jack the Ripper files were gutted, especially by a police commissioner in the early 1900’s.

Q. Yet you examined these files and discovered evidence pointing to the Duke of Clarence?

A. Yes, I am the only person outside of Scotland Yard who has ever seen the Home Office files in addition to the police files on the case. I found a statement by George Hutchinson, an unemployed night watchman, who saw Jack the Ripper and his fifth victim, Marie Kelly, on the night of her murder.
Hutchinson told a police inspector (whose report I discovered in the Home Office files) that Jack the Ripper was extremely well-dressed for the neighborhood of the murder, in his early 30’s, above 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a pale complexion, dark hair, and his slight mustache curled up at each end.
Despite this detailed description that fitted the Duke of Clarence to a T, Hutchinson was not allowed to testify at the inquest.

Q. Although British authorities covered up Jack the Ripper’s identity, they did see to his confinement?

A. Probably, the police first learned who Jack the Ripper was through palace informants who noticed the strange behavior of the duke. They were also informed by Dr. William Gull who was treating the duke for syphilis.
The authorities then agreed that the Duke of Clarence – Jack the Ripper – should be taken out of public view. He was confined to a nursing home in Ascot near Windsor Castle where he was ostensibly treated for his syphilitic condition. In fact, he was a prisoner.

Q. And what happened to him there?

A. It is my conjecture that the duke was finally put out of his misery in that home by an overdose of morphine.
Coincidentally, James Steven, the duke’s homosexual lover, was starved to death in an insane asylum shortly afterward. This is a matter of record.
I believe that the Duke of Clarence and James Steven were both murdered.

Source: The Observer-Dispatch, Utica, Sunday August 13, 1978

                                      – AP Wirephoto

Edward, Duke of Clarence, grandson of Queen Victoria, once heir to the throne of England, was Jack the Ripper, hints Thomas Stowell, surgeon and respected British author.

Jack the Ripper Grandson Of Queen Victoria, Claim

LONDON (UPI) – Citing as evidence an article published today about Jack the Ripper, a London newspaper has suggested London’s 1888’s sex killer was the grandson of Queen Victoria and heir to the throne of England.
The Sunday Times raised the name of Duke of Clarence, Prince Albert Victor, grandson of Queen Victoria, brother to George V and heir to the throne on the strength of an article in the journal Criminology by surgeon Dr. Thomas Stowell.
"All the points of Mr. Stowell’s odd story fit this man," the newspaper said in an article on the still-unidentified killer of at least five prostitutes in London’s East End.
"The evidence suggests that the murderer was a man so senior in the hierarchy of the land, of so noble a family that the police, when they realized who was involved, were forced to conceal his identity," the criminology article said.
Stowell said he knew who the killer was but refused to identify him. "I would never dream of doing harm to a family whom I love and admire he wrote," but he supplied a detailed series of clues.
"Jack the Ripper, he said, "was" the heir to power and wealth. His family, for 50 years, had earned the love and admiration of large numbers of people by its devotion to public service."
"His grandmother, who outlived him, was very much the stern, Victorian matriarch, widely and deeply respected. His father, to whose title he was the heir, was a gay cosmopolitan and did much to improve the status of England internationally," Stowell said.
Stowell referred to his suspect as "S", who at the age of 16 went on a world tour during which he contracted syphilis. The disease gradually began to dominate his life, Stowell added.
The Sunday Times said the suspect resigned his commission at age 24 after a raid on a homosexual brothel, the name of which had been linked to a member of the royal family.
Sir William Gull, the royal doctor, treated "S", Stowell said. Gull’s daughter, Caroline Acland, a friend of Stowell, who is now in his 80’s, described an 1889 entry in her father’s diary to him which said "informed blank that his son was dying of syphilis of the brain."
According to Stowell, Gull realized his patient was Jack the Ripper and asked commissioner of police Sir Charles Warren to keep the name secret. For that reason, he contended, many of the clues of the killer’s identity were destroyed, including at least one message by Warren himself.
Police vigilance relaxed in November 1888, because the police knew the killer had been restrained in a mental home, Stowell said.
Prince Albert Victor, first child of King Edward VII, who was the eldest son of Queen Victoria, was born in 1864 and was on a world tour from 1879 to 1882. He died early in 1892, at the age of 28, outlived by his grandmother, Queen Victoria who died in 1901.

Source: Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, N.Y., Tuesday Nov. 3, 1970, page 9