Royals Behaving Badly

From Edward VII to Fergie and everyone in between, royals haven't always acted in a courtly manner.

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 14: Prince Harry Practices Carrying A Bucket Of Water On His Head During A Visit To Osmani School In Whitechapel, London Where He Sat In On A Practical Lesson With The Charity Merlin In Which Pupils Learn About Health Issues Facing People In The Third World. (Photo by Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Images)
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From Edward VII to Fergie and everyone in between, royals haven't always acted in a courtly manner. Prince Harry was shuttled off to the Featherstone Lodge Rehabilitation Center at age 17 by his father, Charles, after he admitted smoking marijuana and drinking. He's shown here clowning around at school. Click to check out more Royal antics.
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When Harry attended a friend's "Colonial and Native" themed costume party, he made a spectacularly bad choice. Naturally, the British press had a field day with the faux pas. A royal spokesperson made a public apology on Harry's behalf.
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Prince Harry's trouble-making ways didn't stop once he traded polo togs for a military uniform. A video from 2006 catches Harry calling a Pakistani army comrade a “raghead.” He later claimed it was just joshing amongst friends.
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While training in Alberta, Canada, <i>The Daily Mail</i> reported that the 22-year-old Prince was pictured hugging and kissing barmaids, while proclaiming, "I want to see all the beautiful girls."
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Giving his troublemaker brother a break, Prince William made headlines when a night out got a little salacious. Here, he's seen grabbing a 19-year-old student's-er-bosom. Wonder if Kate is jealous.
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Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson had a rocky marriage almost from the start. But things came to a head in 1992 when The Daily Mirror published photos of Fergie having her toes sucked by American financial manager John Bryan.
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"Fergie" was caught on tape in 2010 by a British tabloid offering “open door” access to the prince for a cool $700,000.
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After the incident Fergie told Oprah that she initially was trying to get money for a friend when she was caught on video offering access to her former Prince. In the interview that aired today, the Duchess of York says she wanted $38,000 for her friend, whom she wouldn't identify. She says she's not quite sure why she asked for the rest of the money.
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Princess Stephanie of Monaco, the youngest daughter of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier, was called "the wild child"...by her own mother. The Princess certainly wasted no time living up to the childhood nickname with a series of marriages and dalliances in fashion and pop music.
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The "wild child" dabbled in pop music, self-producing and releasing her own single in 1986. She briefly moved to Los Angeles to pursue music full time, but her album failed to generate interest within the industry. Stephanie recorded the single "In the Closet" with Michael Jackson for his album "Dangerous" - although she is credited as "Mystery Girl."
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The first of two marriages, Stephanie wed her former bodyguard Daniel Ducruet in 1995. Unfortunately for the royal family, Ducruet and Stephanie's two children were born in 1992 and 1994.
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In 2002, the 37 year-old Stephanie left her lover - an elephant tamer - for a 45 year-old married father of two who also happened to be a member of her father's household staff. Stephanie's older sister, Caroline, banned the wild princess from all official functions and balls.
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Not that Princess Caroline was immune from scandal. Her husband, Prince Ernst, was rumored to be cavorting around Europe with a 22 year-old Romanian ex-dancer who modeled for Austrian brothels. He was also photographed in Thailand kissing another unidentified woman. The couple have not, however, officially divorced.
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In addition to his philandering, Prince Ernst was convicted of attacking a German hotelier during a dispute in January 2000. He still maintained that he was innocent - although he did admit he "slapped" the man, he refuted claims that he was trying to injure him.
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England’s Rose, Princess Diana, had a very public personal life. The People’s Princess admitted in 1995 to having an affair with her polo-playing friend, Major James Hewitt.
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After her divorce from Charles, Diana was seen cavorting on yachts with fellow divorcee Dodi Al-Fayed. Rumors that Diana was pregnant after knowing Fayed for only a few weeks rocked the British media. The rumors persisted up until the tragic accident that took both their lives.
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While Charles and Diana were still married, he was entertaining a mistress on the side, now-wife Camilla Parker-Bowles.
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Charles' affair with Camilla went public in 1992 when transcripts of extremely explicit telephone conversations between the two were uncovered by British tabloids. The frank and, at times, unusual sex talk was not only out of character for a royal, but even more so for the publicly reserved Charles.
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Queen Elizabeth's sister Princess Margaret was everything the reserved Queen was not: Boisterous, fashion-conscious, and wild. Margaret and her circle of friends became known as "The Princess Margaret Set." The hard-partying crew included The Marquess of Blandford. She was also the first royal ever photographed in a bikini.
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Princess Madeleine of Sweden, 27, was engaged to Jonas Bergstrom and had been with him for over eight years. However, Bergstrom reportedly cheated on her with a 21-year-old college student during a ski trip. The royal wedding was called off.
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In 1936, Edward VIII created a national stir when he left his throne to marry a twice-divorced American socialite, Wallis Simpson. His story showed up in the 2010 Academy Award-winning Best Picture "The King's Speech."
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Queen Elizabeth II's husband, Prince Philip, is notorious for putting his royal foot in his mouth. The British press have a field day with his endless gaffes - such as the time he told the Paraguayan dictator General Stroessner, "It's a pleasure to be in a country that isn't ruled by its people."
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King since the age of 17, Henry VIII was married six times (he executed two ex-wives), forcibly separated the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church, and died debauched and obese. Talk about setting the bar...
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Long time bachelor Prince Albert II of Monaco - Stephanie and Caroline's brother - fathered two children out of wedlock, one with an Air France flight attendant. He was also accused of fathering a third by a German sex film star, but DNA tests proved his innocence.
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