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Entertainment The scandalous, brief life of Prince George, Duke of Kent

01:45  24 november  2019
01:45  24 november  2019 Source:   honey.nine.com.au

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Prince George , Duke of Kent , KG, KT, GCMG, GCVO ( George Edward Alexander Edmund; 20 December 1902 – 25 August 1942) was a member of the British royal family

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent , KG, GCMG, GCVO, CD, ADC(P) (Edward George Nicholas Paul Patrick; born 9 October 1935) is a member of the British royal family.

a person posing for the camera: Prince George, uncle to the Queen, had a 'party prince' reputation.© Getty Prince George, uncle to the Queen, had a 'party prince' reputation. He was the handsome, vivacious younger brother of Kings Edward VIII and George VI. Let's call him the prince you've never heard of.

Although Prince George was known in his day, his biggest legacy is that he'll be forever known as a mysterious 'party prince.' Not only was he said to enjoy affairs with both women and men, the Duke of Kent also had a habit of being in the centre of countless high profile love scandals.

Being fifth in line to the throne, George never felt the pressure of having to adhere to strict royal protocols.

His public image was never up for public scrutiny, and because he wasn't required to behave in a regal fashion at all times, he was relatively free to live his live as he chose.

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The title of Duke of Kent has been created several times in the peerages of Great Britain and the United Kingdom, most recently as a royal dukedom for the fourth son of King George V. Since 1942, the title has been held by Prince Edward (born 1935), Queen Elizabeth II's cousin.

The Duke of Kent . George had a string of affairs, reputedly with both men and women, both before and after his marriage to Princess Marina of Greece and CERTAINLY, the contrast between George 's scandalous behaviour and the exemplary life of the current Duke of Kent could not be more marked.

His untimely death in 1942 rocked the royal family, and there were rumours he fathered at least two illegitimate children.

Let's take a look at the original party prince — Queen Elizabeth II's uncle George — and whether his life really was as scandalous as many believed.

Early days

a group of people posing for a photo: The Duke and Duchess of Kent with Princess Alexandra and Prince Edward.© Getty The Duke and Duchess of Kent with Princess Alexandra and Prince Edward. At the time of his birth in 1902, George was fifth in the line of succession to the throne, behind his father King George V and three older brothers Edward, Albert and Henry.

In the 1920s, George served in the Royal Navy and became the first royal to be a civil servant.

On 12 October 1934, shortly before his marriage to his second cousin, Princess Marina of Greece, he was given the title Duke of Kent. The couple had three children: Edward, Alexandra and Michael.

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Prince George , Duke of Kent , was the fourth son and fifth child of King George V and Queen Mary. He was the younger brother of Kings Edward VIII and George

Prince George received his early education from a tutor and then followed his elder brother, Prince Henry (later the Duke of Gloucester), to St Peter's Court, a preparatory school at Broadstairs, Kent . After leaving the navy, he briefly held posts at the Foreign Office and later the Home Office

The Duke lived a life in stark contrast to most royals, as he was free to indulge his many passions, including aviation. A skilled pilot, he was the first of the royal family to cross the Atlantic Ocean by air.

However, George lived a very different life behind the façade the public was allowed to glimpse.

Secret scandals galore

a boy wearing a black hat: Young George gets a piggyback from his mother, then known as Mary, Princess of Wales.© Getty Young George gets a piggyback from his mother, then known as Mary, Princess of Wales. Rumour has it the juiciest information about George is hidden under lock and key at Windsor Castle, with no royal biographers ever allowed to take a look.

It was widely believed the Duke was bisexual, which may be one reason the papers are hidden from view, due to perhaps holding some "unsavoury" information the royals didn't want the public to know. The royal family, which Princess Diana referred to as "The Firm", is serious about guarding its secrets.

In many ways, George had a lot in common with Prince Harry — he knew he would never be king, which gave him the freedom to do almost whatever he liked. Apparently, he liked to indulge in that potentially toxic duo: sex and drugs.

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Authors Lynn Picknett, Clive Prince and Stephen Prior in their books Double Standards: The Rudolf Hess Cover-up and War of the Windsors claim that the Duke of Kent 's plane stopped to pick up Rudolf Hess, and that it was part of a peace plan that would have ousted Churchill from power[4]—thus

The Forgotten Prince . George , Duke of Kent , was every bit as stylish and even wilder than his more celebrated elder brother, Edward VIII. He leads a scandalous sex life with both men and women, and is rumoured to have fathered several illegitimate children.

In 1934, George was under pressure to get married, so he tied the knot with his second cousin Princess Marina of Greece. (It was a union that produced the current Duke and Prince of Kent.)

Prior to and after his marriage, George reportedly indulged in multiple affairs with several high-profile men and women.

He was said to be romantically involved with the heiress Poppy Baring, US cabaret artiste Florence Mills, and singer Jessie Matthews.

He also reportedly had a fling with Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, who made headlines with the "headless man" photographs that appeared during her divorce case.

a group of people sitting at a table© Getty

When it came to his affairs with men, there were persistent rumours George became the lover of British playwright Noël Coward, as well as Jorge Ferrara, the son of the Argentine ambassador.

It was with Jorge that George apparently enjoyed a threesome with US socialite Kiki Preston, a drug addict who was known as "the girl with the silver syringe".

A covered-up arrest

George's bisexuality was known in high society, but back in the 1920s, the press knew not to report on anything that might portray the royal family in a negative or scandalous light.

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Katharine, Duchess of Kent , GCVO (born Katharine Lucy Mary Worsley; 22 February 1933) is a member of the British royal family. Her husband, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent , is a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II.

What do people think of Prince George , Duke of Kent ? He held the title of Duke of Kent from 1934 until his death in a military air-crash. His death, on 25 August 1942, marked the first death of a member of the Royal Family on active service in 400 years. more on Wikipedia.

When George was allegedly arrested for a homosexual act, police released him once his royal identity was confirmed, and the news never made headlines.

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, King George VI posing for a photo: George (left) was the younger brother of Prince Albert (far right), who later became King George VI.© Getty George (left) was the younger brother of Prince Albert (far right), who later became King George VI.

A prolific and indiscreet letter writer, the Duke would apparently write love letters to his numerous male and female lovers.

It's believed he was once blackmailed by a male prostitute over his love letters, so it's no wonder the palace has George's personal information locked away.

When it came to drugs, the Duke was known to indulge in cocaine and morphine, even being put under house arrest by a member of the royal family (the rumour was that it was his brother Edward) in a bid to cure his addiction. The attempted intervention only stopped his drug abuse for a short time.

Plane crash

a person sitting on a bench: The Duke of Kent lived a colourful life until his untimely death.© Getty The Duke of Kent lived a colourful life until his untimely death. George's colourful life came to an end when he died in a plane crash in August 1942, at the age of 39.

There are two versions of the event; the official version is that the pilot miscalculated the flight path and crashed into a mountain. The other version of the story is that George, who was also a pilot, had been flying under the influence of alcohol.

There were even rumours circulating that the crash wasn't an accident, and that George's death was ordered by the British government. (This has never been proven.)

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The Duke of Kent returned to active military service, working briefly in the Intelligence Division of the Admiralty. It was on one of these trips, that Prince George ’s life would come to an end. On August 25, 1942, just six weeks after the birth of his youngest child, George boarded an RAF flying boat in

The Prince George , Duke of Kent ( George Edward Alexander Edmund; 20 December 1902 – 25 August 1942) was a member of the British Royal He held the title of Duke of Kent from 1934 until his death in 1942. The plane crashed while on a flight to Iceland during WWII. The aircraft was part of the

Family ties

a group of people posing for a photo: George married his second cousin, Princess Marina of Greece.© Getty George married his second cousin, Princess Marina of Greece. Following the Duke's death, rumours persisted that he had fathered two illegitimate children.

The first a daughter, Raine, born in 1929 to author Barbara Cartland, who was married to Alexander McCorquodale at the time. (Raine later became the stepmother of Princess Diana.)

The other rumoured love child, Michael Temple Canfield, born in 1926, was the son of Kiki Preston, who continued to be a "bad influence" in the Duke's life when it came to his drug abuse. It's believed his brother Edward did everything he could to try and get George away from Kiki.

Interesting note: baby Michael was later adopted by Cass Canfield, and went on to marry Caroline Lee Bouvier, the younger sister of American first lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

Dancing on the Edge

Edward VIII of the United Kingdom, King George VI posing for a photo: Prince George with his brothers Edward (later King Edward VIII), Albert (later King George VI), and Henry.© Getty Prince George with his brothers Edward (later King Edward VIII), Albert (later King George VI), and Henry. A BBC drama Dancing on the Edge focused on the partying ways of Edward, the then-Prince of Wales who abdicated in 1936, and Prince George — not to be confused with his older brother Albert, later George VI.

The brothers spent much of the 1920s socialising with the famous jazz musicians of the pre-war era.

Directer Stephen Poliakoff, who researched diaries written at the time, has said the behaviour of Prince George was quite outrageous.

"It was a very indulgent life. I don't think anybody knew the total truth about it, but there were stories of a series of affairs and drugs," Poliakoff says.

"There was not the same press back then. It was much more respectful, and friends like Lord Beaverbrook [newspaper publisher] ensured nothing untoward about them would ever appear."

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