17 January 2008

Who is the "Minor Royal"?

I'm usually happily clueless about this sort of thing, and apparently I'm months behind the curve.

But let's gossip about our mother country's royals. Dominick Dunne, in the latest issue of Vanity Fair, writes from London. He has a lot on his mind: the divorce proceedings of Mr. McCartney, the revival of inquiries into Princess Diana's death, and so forth. Rather buried in all this is a blackmail case.

Apparently, a "minor royal" was the subject of a blackmail attempt in the summer of 2007. I gather that the adjective "minor" indicates not his age but that there is some safe distance between him and the nuclear family of the Sovereign.

At any rate, the laws of the UK prohibit the mentioning of his name, though this hasn't kept people from talking. The story has it that a video exists of the (male) minor royal engaging in a sex act with another man, an aide. It also shows the aide, not the royal, inhaling cocaine. In a nice touch, the coke was apparently provided to him in an envelope bearing the royal insignia. So there's the hint, at least, of the solicitation of sex for drugs.

Minor royal went to Scotland Yard about the blackmail, and undercover detectives set up a meeting with the possessors of said video tape in a hotel room. They posed as discreet intermediaries for the minor royal (not much of a pose, since that is in effect what they were). When money was mentioned, the detectives made their arrest.

Dunne also recounts that the name "came out on the Internet and in the Australian papers in a graphic, detailed report."

But Dunne doesn't provide it.

Okay, I'm curious. Not so curious as to do a lot of work on it, but mildly curious. So I went to the webpage for the first Australian newspaper to come to mind, the one aptly named The Australian, and I entered "cocaine blackmail royal" in its search engine.

That yields nine stories. I've just been sampling them, and it appears The Australian isn't naming names either. It names the two blackmailer defendants. But not the compalinant.

It plays a bit of a process-of-elimination game, though. "Neither Prince William nor his brother Prince Harry were involved." Whew.

Anyway, that's as much research as I'm going to expend on the matter. Vastly more than it warrants, surely.

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