Sunday, August 26, 2012

Murdoch's Revenge – The Prince Harry Excuse

LONDON -- By letting his top-selling U.K. tabloid run photos of a naked Prince Harry cavorting in a Las Vegas hotel room, some say media mogul Rupert Murdoch was warning Britain's establishment that he could still shake things up.

British officialdom has largely turned its back on Murdoch because of the phone-hacking scandal that has badly tainted his media empire over the past year. So even though Murdoch's The Sun newspaper framed its decision to publish the nude pictures as a defense of press freedom, some observers saw the move as a feisty message from the tycoon.

"Not only was The Sun showing Harry's bottom, Murdoch was mooning the Establishment," said journalist Jane Merrick, whose article in The Independent on Sunday alleged that Murdoch personally ordered the paper to run the photos in a phone call with Tom Mockridge, the chief of his British newspaper unit, News International.

Murdoch, once assiduously courted by lawmakers across the British political spectrum, has seen his clout wither after his company was exposed as having hacked into the phones of hundreds of people to score scoops.

Allegations of bribery, corruption, computer hacking, and obstruction of justice are being investigated, and the scandal has prompted a judge-led media ethics inquiry that could propose sweeping changes to how Britain's press is policed – potentially subjecting newspapers to government regulation.

If The Sun was cowed, it didn't show it Friday, when it published the pictures of Harry along with a lengthy public interest justification claiming that the "the photos have potential implications for the Prince's image representing Britain around the world."

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Vegas Escapade – Prince Harry's Reckoning

Now it's getting creepy: Prince Harry has gotten a porn offer.
Harry is set to meet with his exasperated father, Prince Charles, for a heart-to-heart this weekend about his naked romp in a Las Vegas hotel last week, according to British media reports.
Sin City, perturbed that its reputation as a confidential bacchanal spot has been damaged, took out a full-page ad in USA TODAY newspaper on Friday criticizing those who exploited Harry by selling pictures of him naked. "For shame!" the ad shouted. "We deplore you."
But it won't be much help to Harry as he prepares to meet his father.The Daily Mail, citing its royal sources, reports that Harry will not be taken to the woodshed for a "dressing down," but that the Dad wants to talk "father to son." Maybe ask the question, "What were you thinking?"
Meanwhile, TMZ, the U.S. gossip website that helped lay Harry bare before the world by publishing the cellphone snaps, is reporting today that a California porn purveyor offered Harry $10 million to appear in an adult film. Only that's not how TMZ put it.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Those pesky Photos Kids Post – The Norway Case

Mette-Marit’s son in security ‘scandal’

August 22, 2012  
Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s eldest son, Marius Borg Høiby, has been eagerly releasing private photos of family holidays and other information about the royal family’s whereabouts for months, reported newspaper VG on Wednesday. No one seemed to realize that the use of such popular social media could harm the family’s security.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit and her son, Marius Borg Høiby, on a family vacation in Asia last year. This is not one of the photos found on Høiby's Instagram account, but rather on the royal family's official web site. PHOTO:
“It’s not Marius’ mistake,” claimed one of Europe’s top terror experts Magnus Ranstorp to VG. “It’s the police, who have made an erroneous evaluation about security.”
The now-15-year-old son of Mette-Marit and an earlier partner has no royal title himself, since he was born before his then-single mother married Crown Prince Haakon. He’s in practice, though, a full member of the family and elder half-brother to Mette-Marit’s and Haakon’s children and royal heirs, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus. He’s also a natural part of family holidays and special events, and apparently has enjoyed sharing his experiences via social media.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Oh That Boy – Prince Harry's Naked Escapade

Just the other day I was watching a video of Prince Harry's Las Vegas visit. He seemed to be having quite a bit of fun in the midst of an adoring group of girls.

Hey...who wouldn't want to party with a Prince!

And then I thought...Lord Jesus...this will lead to something else...

Et voilá le scandale!

I pass zero judgment on the Young Prince. I have no issue whatsoever with nudity and our American fixation obsession perhaps) with prudishness.

However...I thought that what happened in Vegas, "stayed in Vegas..." Unless you are Prince Harry!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Royal Life Saver – Prince William

He’s already a real-life prince, but Britain’s Prince William is now also a knight in shining armor after saving a 16-year-old schoolgirl from drowning.
While on duty as a search and rescue pilot on the Royal Air Force, he was alerted by radio last Thursday to a sighting of the girl being dragged under by a rip current off the coast of Wales.
William had already landed his Sea King helicopter when the call came, yet he and his crew managed to reach the scene in an impressively speedy 38 seconds, just as the girl began to slip underwater. The team’s paramedic, Master Aircrew Harry Harrison, was then lowered down to assist the girl.

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Royal Gatherings – A Work in Progress

Suggested by our reader, Larry Russell, Ilana Miller and I put our thinking hats to work and came up with a new book idea: Royal Gatherings.

Currently, here at Eurohistory we are busy getting envelopes labeled and readied to mail ERHJ LXXXVII to subscribers. Our printer is located in Berkeley and they supply UC Berkeley with large quantities of class materials. As they are at the beginning of the school year, they are a bit overwhelmed. They apologized for delaying printing of our latest issue, but promised to have it ready by Wednesday. In the meantime, we are busy with ERHJ LXXXVIII (August 2012), as well as with The Other Grand Dukes – Sons and Grandsons of Russia's Grand Dukes and my newest contribution, Victorian Legacy – Queen Victoria, Her Descendants and the Princes of Hohenlohe-Langenburg. I expect these two books out right after the other, the Russian book coming out in September.

Meanwhile, both Ilana Miller and I have started working on Royal Gatherings. We have selected a healthy number of such royal events. These catalogue European royal gatherings from 1859-1917 and range from the wedding of King Francesco II of the Two Sicilies and Duchess Marie in Bavaria and the alliance formed by Prince Heinrich of Prussia and his first cousin Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine, to the wedding of Archduke Karl of Austria and Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma.

The wedding of Heinrich of Prussia and Irene of Hesse is incredibly unique in many ways. Firstly, it was the first wedding between descendants of Queen Victoria as both bride and groom were her grandchildren. Secondly, and perhaps more interestingly, it was among the first royal weddings ever photographed from inside the chapel, thus providing us with a historical document of unique importance.

We trust readers will enjoy this book, which we hope will start a series!

The wedding of Prince Heinrich of Prussia and
Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine.

Due of Edinburgh released from Hospital

News from the UK report that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was released from hospital after a stay lasting several days.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Duke of Edinburgh Hospitalized

The Duke, who was admitted to hospital yesterday, is likely to remain in hospital for "a few more days", according to official sources.
The Duke, who is 91, was driven 50 miles in an ambulance to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after feeling unwell during his annual summer break at Balmoral.

This morning, Buckingham Palace said he was undergoing investigation and treatment for the recurring bladder infection, which he also suffered during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June.

An official statement released this afternoon confirms: "The Duke of Edinburgh is responding well to treatment.

"It is unclear when he will be discharged, but he is likely to remain in hospital for a few more days."

Monday, August 13, 2012

Prince Carl Philip of Sweden Attacked

“It’s been an emotional and overwhelming experience. We feel fine considering the circumstances, but this is an incident that we want to handle privately," the prince and his girlfriend Sofia Hellqvist told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The 33-year-old prince was leaving the Baoli nightclub in Cannes, southern France, around 3am on Saturday morning when he was attacked by a man, prompting a scuffle as several people intervened.

A video of the fight (featured below) has also surfaced on the internet, where the prince is seen being hit while held in a headlock, with his girlfriend trying to diffuse the situation screaming “Darling, darling”.

The prince had spent the evening with Hellqvist, both of whom have now spoken to Swedish media “in the hope of avoiding speculation”.

“We had a pleasant night with our nearest and dearest. When we were leaving, Carl Philip was attacked by a stranger,” Sofia told Aftonbladet.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Olympics: Royalty Cheer Their Home Teams

An assortment of royals cheering their various home teams!

Queen doña Sofía, the Prince and Princess of Asturias. 

Prince Sverre Magnus, Crown Prince Haakon, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Crown Princess Mette Marit of Norway. 

Queen doña Sofía, the Prince and Princess of Asturias.  

 The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry of Wales.

The Prince of Asturias, heir to the Spanish throne. 

Mary, wife of Crown Prince Frederik, with her children Prince Christian and Princess Isabella.

King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden. 

King Constantine II of the Hellenes, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Fürstin Benedikte zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. Behind them are Crown Prince Frederik with his wife Mary and their eldest children Christian and Isabella.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Austria: Grandson of Archduke Otto Marries German Princess

Bringing much-deserved happiness to the extended family of the late Archduke Otto of Austria, on 4 August Count Dominik von Neipperg (b. 1981) married Princess Marie-Anna zu Salm-Salm (b. 1986). The joyous occasion took place at the Church of St Laurentius in Wallhausen, Germany.

Dominik is the third son of Hereditary Count Karl Eugen von Neipperg and of his wife Archduchess Andrea of Austria, eldest of five daughters of the late Archduke Otto of Austria and of his late wife, Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen. Dominik has two older siblings (Philipp and Benedikt) as well as two younger sisters (Hemman and Katharina).

Princess Marie-Anna is the fourth of six children of Prince Michael zu Salm-Salm and of his wife, the former Countess Philippa zu Castell-Castell. 

Both bride and groom are distantly related as both are descendants of the Princely House of Hohenlohe-Langenburg through their maternal lines.

Dominik Neipperg’s grandmother, Archduchess Regina of Austria (1925-2010), was the youngest daughter of Prince Georg of Saxe-Meiningen (1892-1946), a prisoner of war in a Soviet camp, where he died of malnutrition and abuse. Prince Georg was the eldest son of Prince Friedrich (1861-1914), who was killed in action during the first month of the First World War. Friedrich’s mother was Princess Feodora zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1839-1872), herself the youngest daughter of Fürst Ernst and his wife Feodora (1807-1872), née Leiningen. She in turn was the half-sister of Queen Victoria, whose mother, Victoire of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, was firstly married to the Fürst zu Leiningen and secondly to the Duke of Kent.

Princess Marie-Anna’s mother, Philippa zu Castell-Castell, is the daughter of Fürst Albrecht and of his wife Princess Marie Louise zu Waldeck-Pyrmont. In turn Albrecht’s parents were Fürst Carl (1897-1945), who was killed in action by the advancing Soviets, and Princess Anna-Agnes zu Solms-Hohensolms-Lich (1899-1987), a first cousin of Lu Hessen. Fürst Carl’s parents were Friedrich Carl, 1st Fürst zu Castell-Castell, and Gertrud zu Stolberg-Wernigerode. His own father was Count Carl (1826-1886), whose own parents were Count Friedrich Ludwig zu Castell-Castell (1791-1875) and his wife Princess Friederike zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1793-1859), herself an older sister of Fürst Ernst, husband of Feodora zu Leiningen.

Dominik and Marie-Anna have known each other since childhood, as both their families belong to the German aristocracy and are involved in the same industries, wine-making being the most dominant one. Their friendship was strengthened further by their involvement in a charity, Courage in Kenya, which Domink and Marie-Anna's brother cofounded along with two other partners. This philanthropic organization provides care for HIV/AIDS sufferers.

The couple have announced that they will settle in Vienna!

Princess Philippa and Prince Michael zu Salm-Salm, The Bride and Groom, 
Archduchess Andrea of Austria and Hereditary Count Karl Eugen von Neipperg.

©Dieter Ackermann

Friday, August 3, 2012

Requiem for the late Markgraf of Meißen

A tv report with short views of the Requiem for Maria Emanuel, Margrave of Meißen. It includes interviews with the new Head of House, Alexander, Margrave of Meißen, as well as with the morganatic Rüdiger Prinz von Sachsen.

The World's Heir Apparents