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Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre: Andrew has shown himself to be, at the very least, 
‘a prat’. Picture: Reuters

Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre: Andrew has shown himself to be, at the very least, ‘a prat’. Picture: Reuters

Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre: Andrew has shown himself to be, at the very least, ‘a prat’. Picture: Reuters

There have been sexual scandals in the British monarchy before Prince Andrew, heaven knows.

Consider Prince Eddy, Duke of Clarence, eldest son - and heir presumptive - of Edward VII, who died in 1892, aged 28. His reputation for "dissipation" was such that the poor guy has even been suspected of being Jack the Ripper, although there is no evidence that he was a killer of prostitutes.

But there are some suggestions that he visited the notorious gay brothel in London's Cleveland Street where rent boys were on offer (the Cleveland Street scandal was probably a prelude to Oscar Wilde's prosecution).


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