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  • It's just an average day in Buckingham Palace.

  • Queen Elizabeth II is sitting down at the breakfast table with a plate of buttered crumpets

  • and a cup of Yorkshire tea.

  • Her beloved husband Prince Philip enters the room and asks Jeeves the butler for his breakfast.

  • “I'll have a Full English,” he says, “Easy on the black pudding and no beansand

  • brown sauce.

  • Jeeves old sport, none of that damned ketchup.”

  • The Queen suddenly starts shaking her head while reading the Daily Mail newspaper.

  • Philip asks her what's wrong, to which she replies, “The hordes of the city of Bradford

  • are rioting againover the price of extra-strength cider this time.”

  • Philip looks equally annoyed, and says, “We gave them three Aldi discount supermarketsTHREE!…what

  • more could one ask for!”

  • So frightfully depressing,” says the queen, and then sinks her teeth into one of

  • those crumpets, the butter dribbling down her chin.

  • What do I always tell you,” says Philip, “The hordes will be hordes, Lizzie.”

  • Yesquite,” says the queen, just as a servant wipes the butter from her chin with

  • a lace handkerchief.

  • What have you got planned for today,” the queen asks.

  • Oh, I thought I'd just take the Land Rover out for a spin,” replies the 98-year

  • old prince.

  • Do try your hardest, dearest, not to crash into one's subjects again.”

  • Righteo,” says the prince, while stuffing a specially-made Buckinghambangerinto

  • his ancient mouth.

  • Ok, so we admit we made that up.

  • The Infographics Show hasn't yet bugged Buckingham Palace and we are still waiting

  • for our invitation to visit the queen.

  • Maybe that's not quite how things go down during breakfast time, but who would know?

  • Sure, we've all watched some ofThe Crownon Netflix, but just how realistic is that

  • series?

  • The British Royal Family is steeped in mysteries and intrigue and the occasional scandal, but

  • as you'll see today, there are a lot of fascinating secrets the royal household would

  • rather you didn't know.

  • One thing is just how much cash those royals have?

  • If you check out the Forbes rich list you'll find that Queen Liz aint that rich at all.

  • She's only supposed to have just over $500 million in the bank.

  • That's not even enough to get on Jeff Bezos's birthday party guest list.

  • When the multi-billionaire King of Thailand was told by someone about the queen's fabulous

  • wealth, his response was simply, “Hold my beer.”

  • What you might not know is that the British Royals make most insanely wealthy people look

  • like paupers begging at the gates of Buckingham Palace.

  • No one knows just how much they have, but if you count royal household-owned properties

  • we are talking billions.

  • Add to that the Crown Jewels, said to be worth over four billion.

  • That would be less if India gets that massive Kohinoor diamond it says the British stole

  • from the country.

  • But that's still nothing compared to what something calledThe Crown Estateis

  • worth.

  • What's that, you might wonder, and so we'll tell you that it's hundreds of thousands

  • of acres of land, many mineral sites that can be legally excavated, an entire street

  • in one of the richest parts of London, racecourses, parkland, forests, farms, and a massive chunk

  • of the British shoreline.

  • We haven't even started and we won't go into everything that belongs to the British

  • Crown, but we'll tell you that the British Royals also have land and holdings in other

  • countries belonging to the British Commonwealth.

  • In fact, about 89 percent of Canada is actually Crown Land.

  • 28 percent of Australia is Crown Land.

  • Ok, so the queen can't just put an ad on Craigslist saying, “For Sale.

  • Canada.

  • Nice place, if not a bit cold in some parts in the winter.

  • Reason for quick sale: Never liked maple syrup and poutine.”

  • She cannot do that, but technically the Crown owns a lot of parts of many countries.

  • Then you've got entities such as the Duchy of Lancaster, and that is a private estate

  • with its fingers in a lot of money pies.

  • It even appeared in thoseParadise papersthat revealed all those off-shore accounts

  • that rich people like to have.

  • Ok, so the entire royal estate isn't worth the 17 trillion dollars that some folks say

  • it is, but the British Royal estate in its entirety is a lot more than you might think

  • it is.

  • Like we said, the Queen just can't sell off Crown Land, but her name is on the lease.

  • She technically owns it.

  • But even if you forget about selling the land, the Crown is worth a lot more than the queen's

  • paltry 500 million.

  • A conservative estimate is the royals are worth 88 billion dollars, but we bet if they

  • decided to cash out they'd have a bit more than that.

  • Besides being filthy rich, the royal family has been involved in its fair share of scandals

  • over the years.

  • One of the biggest scandals of late involved the woman that was sometimes calledThe

  • People's Princess.”

  • She was of course Princess Diana and before her life ended abruptly in a tunnel in Paris,

  • she had made the major mistake of marrying Prince Charles.

  • That's the queen's son and the heir to the throne if you know nothing about the royals.

  • We imagine that most of our beloved viewers are too young to have heard ofSquidgygate.”

  • That was a spied on conversation that Dianna had on the telephone with a lover who affectionately

  • called Dianna, “Squidgy”.

  • In that conversation Dianna said her life was like a British soap opera, and if you've

  • ever seen one of those you'll know they are often depressing.

  • Dianna used an expletive beginning with “F” when she talked about the family she had married

  • into, and she told her lover that her life was utter torture.

  • That wasn't a good look for the Royal Family at all.

  • Dianna described her life like she was a lamb living with a bunch of wolves.

  • But then things got worse because the rapacious and not always ethical British tabloid media

  • found out about Prince Charles' affair with a woman named Camilla Parker Bowles.

  • There was also a phone conversation that was spied on and that scandal became known as

  • Camillagate.”

  • The life of the British Royal family was indeed really starting to sound like a soap opera.

  • The King to be was dating someone else while married and Dianna had told the world how

  • wicked the royals were.

  • Dianna once famously talked about her relationship with her cheating husband, saying, “There

  • were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”

  • Meanwhile Charles' brother Prince Andrew was in a doomed relationship with a woman

  • most Brits called a “money-grubber.”

  • Her name was Sarah Ferguson and she was also likely a cheat.

  • When on holiday with an American financial advisor the British tabloid media as usual

  • weren't far behind.

  • One afternoon those paparazzi got the shot they were looking for.

  • It was that American holding onto Ferguson's leg and sucking one of her toes.

  • The incident became known as theToe-Job.” Ferguson and Philip later got divorced and

  • while Philip used his power to go into some shady business deals and party some more,

  • Ferguson made quite a bit of cash by throwing her husband to the wolves.

  • She was given $633,000 by perhaps Britain's most miscreant tabloid, The News of the World.

  • The deal was that she gave the newspaper full access to her former husband.

  • She was found out and later said she had made a “serious lapse in judgment.”

  • So, Andrew, like Charles, would get divorced.

  • He didn't seem all that concerned about fulfilling his royal duties and preferred

  • to party and allegedly eat pizza in quaint London suburbs.

  • Andrew was often criticized for this lifestyle, but he didn't seem to sweat it.

  • As for Prince Andrew's daughter, Princess Beatrice, she once had a relationship with

  • a guy named Paolo Liuzzo.

  • This ex-boyfriend has quite the rap sheet, with crimes including cocaine possession and

  • also a manslaughter conviction for beating a man to death in a fight in the USA.

  • Can you imagine the first time Beatrice took her lover to meet her father, Prince Andrew.

  • The conversation might have gone like this: “Ok, Paolo, you do realize you are dating

  • the granddaughter of the Queen.

  • So just be honest and tell us if there is anything we should know about your life.”

  • The reply: “Hmm, well, I once did beat a man to death with by bare handsLook, I

  • know I'm no angel, but aren't you good friends with a gift-giving Libyan gun-smuggler

  • and a tyrannical dictator who the media have calledhugely corruptandhas one

  • of the world's worst records on human rights.”

  • Fair point,” Andrew replies.

  • Just make sure she's home by midnight.

  • There are a lot of dangerous men out there.”

  • The two guys later skied together in Switzerland, so it seems they got on OK.

  • Then you have the queen's only daughter, Princess Anna.

  • She also married and got divorced and then ended up in a relationship with a member of

  • her royal staff.

  • The Queen seemed to be holding things together, but her sister Margaret was let's say, partial

  • to the odd Gin and Tonic and had a string of extra-marital affairs.

  • Margaret partied the nights away and dated celebrities, and there was a rumor that she

  • even had an affair with the actor Warren Beatty.

  • You might say she was a busy princess because she spent most of her life picking up cigarettes

  • and glasses of strong alcohol.

  • Her Dionysian, decadent lifestyle would ultimately be her downfall, since in later life she became

  • very ill.

  • So far you might call these scandals mere melodrama, but the royal family has been involved

  • in matters of a much more serious nature.

  • We might look to the queen's uncle, King Edward VIII, to expose some of the bigger secrets.

  • What's well-known about this man is he abdicated the throne after just one year because he

  • wanted to marry an American woman named Wallis Simpson.

  • This lady had been divorced twice and because the British government and the Church of England

  • took a dim view of the king marrying a divorcee, Edward had to step down as King if he wanted

  • to get married.

  • That's one scandal, but it's nothing compared to what happened next.

  • Edward and his wife became the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and these two it would later be

  • discovered were Nazi sympathizers.

  • Edward even visited Adolf Hitler and gave him the full Nazi salute.

  • After that, the British royal family wanted him as far away as possible so they sent him

  • to the Bahamas to be governor.

  • What's worse was what happened when the war was finally over.

  • Just after it ended American troops were in Germany and some of them discovered around

  • 400 tons of Nazi documents.

  • Not a bad haul, but what was shocking is 60 pages of those papers were correspondence

  • between Edward and the Nazis.

  • They weren't just writing to say hello, either.

  • It was discovered in those papers that the Nazis had written to Edward informing him

  • of their plan to take over England and put Edward back on the throne.

  • What's really shocking was that this Nazi-collaborating Duke wrote to the Germans and told them they

  • should relentlessly bomb Britain.

  • That way they'd take control faster because the Brits would lose their resolve, said Edward.

  • Can you imagine a country's former King and then a Duke asking a military to basically

  • kill a great number of people...his own subjects.

  • Now that's shameful.

  • When the Americans sent the British the files both the new king and Prime Minister Winston

  • Churchill said they should never be seen by the British public and it actually took some

  • years before all those files were released.

  • In the TV show The Crown the story goes that Edward was banished from the royal family,

  • but that's not true at all.

  • As for Prince Philip, the bad driver we mentioned at the beginning, two of his sisters married

  • two high ranking Nazis, so when the people of Britain were being bombed during the war,

  • Philip was well aware that his family were on the enemy's side.

  • When Philip married the queen in 1947, his sisters didn't get an invite to the wedding.

  • With that Nazi connection you would think that no one in that family would go anywhere

  • near a Nazi again, but pot-smoking Prince Harry was not one to shy away from a swastika.

  • In 2005, he was photographed wearing a Nazi costume at a party, which didn't go down

  • too well with his grandmother.

  • Harry wasn't much of a royal's royal and preferred to hang out at parties with the

  • likes of Kanye West and P. Diddy, but his fondness of cannabis once led to a stint in

  • rehab.

  • The royal family were further annoyed when pictures emerged of Harry at a party in Las

  • Vegas.

  • The prince was photographed naked after playing a game of strip billiards, and some players

  • of the opposite sex had also lost their clothes.

  • So, there you go, these are just some of the things the Royal Family really wish wouldn't

  • have happened and no one knew about.

  • What happens in the family stays in the family, but secrets have a way of finding their way

  • out of the royal circle.

  • We're pretty sure that when new members come into the family the queen has a sit-down

  • with them.

  • During afternoon tea and scones she tells the newbie, “The first rule about this family

  • is.

  • You don't talk about this family.”

  • You're probably now in the mood to hear more secrets, so we think you should watch

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