Thursday, January 13, 2005

Heil Harry

Harry's choice of costume does not such a surprise when you consider the career or his great uncle - the husband of one of Prince Philip's sisters:

Philip's sister had married a cousin, Prince Christoph of Hesse. Prince Christoph had joined the Nazi Party in 1933 and by 1935 was a standartenf├╝hrer (colonel) of the SS on the personal staff of Heinrich Himmler and chief of the forschungsamt (directorate of scientific research) - in reality a special intelligence operation using new electronic intelligence gathering methods.

Their son was named Karl Adolf after Hitler.

Peter Berresford Ellis's article from the Irish Democrat has much more scurrilous gossip about the royal family.

The alarm bells about Harry began to ring three years ago following after reports that he had been drinking and taking drugs at a pub near Highgrove. Far more serious for supporters of the monarchy, though, was the allegation that he had been thrown out after insulting the staff.

One can understand any young person experimenting with cannabis or alcohol, but for a prince to be rude to the lower orders is unforgivable.

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