November 10, 1882 – Prince Andrew of Greece
Queen Elizabeth II‘s husband, Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, had a mother who was born profoundly deaf and a father who was actively, aggressively bisexual. His father, Prince Andrew of Greece, was a disgraced military commander, charged with treason for failure to carry out orders in the Greco-Turkish War (1919-1921) and who was subsequently stripped of his royal titles. Blamed for the loss of Greek territory in that disastrous war, he was imprisoned and sentenced to death. His wife, Princess Alice of Battenberg, arranged for intervention by British King George V, who negotiated for Andrew’s release and rescue.
Andrew lived a lascivious lifestyle, carrying on one affair after another with both men and women, so it is not surprising that he largely ignored his wife and children. After they drifted apart, Alice sent nine-year-old Prince Philip to England to stay with his relatives, the Mountbattens, while she and her four daughters returned to Germany.
Prince Andrew lived the rest of his life in exile in Monaco, still carrying on a string of bisexual affairs. Prince Andrew, who had been near-sighted from his early days, was always seen wearing glasses, but in later years he, sported a monocle as a dashing accessory. Before things fell apart, Andrew, tall and handsome, made a fine couple with Alice of Battenberg, one of Europe’s prettiest princesses.
Andrew was the son of King George I, a German speaking Danish Prince and also King of Greece, and the Russian Grand Duchess Olga Konstantinova. King Edward VII and Tsar Alexander III were his brothers-in-law, and King George V of England, Tsar Nicholas II, King Christian X of Denmark and King Haakon VII of Norway were his nephews. Got that?
After his father was assassinated, Andrew’s brother Constantine became King of Greece. Unfortunately, Constantine was forced to abdicate because of his neutral stance during World War I, and Prince Andrew and his family lived in exile in Switzerland for three years, until his brother was reinstated in 1920. They were living in Corfu, a beautiful Greek island in the Ionian Sea, when their only son, Prince Philip, today the wooden and ancient consort of Queen Elizabeth II, was born in 1921.
By 1930, he was estranged from his wife, Princess Alice. His only son, Philip, served in the British navy during World War II, while all four of his daughters were married to Germans, three of whom were Nazis. Separated from his wife and son by the war, Andrew died in Monte Carlo in 1944. He had seen neither of them since 1939.
Andrew died before his son married the English Queen Elizabeth II in 1947. He died at the Hotel Metropole in Monaco in 1944 and is buried in the gardens of Tatoi, the Greek royal residence to the north of Athens. Just before his marriage to Elizabeth in 1947, Prince Philip became a British subject, taking his mother’s surname, Mountbatten, and renouncing his right to the Greek and Danish thrones. I hope I haven’t lost you.
The current British Prince Andrew (born 1960) was named after his bisexual Greek grandfather. It is widely known that Prince Andrew is the favorite son of Queen Elizabeth, in spite of all that scandalous business with his wife Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, known to us as “Fergie” and his nasty connection to Jefferey Epstein, the pedophile and pal of our charming president.
Prince Philip’s mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, was born profoundly deaf at Windsor Castle in the presence of her great grandmother Queen Victoria. She grew to become one of Europe’s loveliest princesses, adept at lip reading and speaking German and English.
At the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902, Alice met Prince Andrew of Greece, eventually marrying him in Germany, the very next year. She spent her early married life in the turbulent political climate is Greece in that time. After being ignored by her husband and shamed by his blatant affairs with men and women and his political disgrace, she suffered a nervous breakdown and entered the Greek Orthodox Church becoming a nun, and founding a religious order. She created quite a stir as a chain smoking, poker playing nun. Princess Alice lived her final years in Britain and died at Buckingham Palace, where she had been invited to live after the fall of her brother-in-law King Constantine II of Greece and the imposition of military coup there in 1967. When she died in 1969 she was placed in the royal crypt at Windsor Castle, but her wish to be buried in Jerusalem was finally realized in 1988, when her remains were transferred to a crypt below a convent in Gethsemane.
Princess Alice attended the royal wedding of Queen Elizabeth II to her son Prince Philip in 1947, but her four daughters were conspicuously excluded, because all of them had married high ranking Nazi officers. Oddly, Prince Philip never told Princess Diana that his mother had been born severely deaf, astonishing when you consider of the work Princess Diana did with the deaf community in Britain.
Prince Philip’s German ancestry also was a problem. When his sister Cécile died in a plane crash in 1937, her funeral was attended by Hermann Göring, one of the most powerful and most evil Nazis
There are photographs of 16-year-old Prince Philip at the funeral, where he is surrounded by relatives in SS and brown-shirt uniforms. Philip’s sister Sophia was photographed sitting opposite little Adolf Hitler at the wedding of Hermann and Emmy Göring. Sophia herself was married to Prince Christopher of Hesse-Cassel, an SS Colonel attached to the main architect of the Holocaust, Heinrich Himmler‘ personal staff. Their eldest son, Karl Adolf (Prince Philip’s nephew), was named in Hitler’s honor.
During World War I the Battenbergs “translated” their name from German to the English word “Mountbatten”. Remember that Prince Philip’s mother was a Battenberg, and “berg” in German means “mountain”. Prince Philip anglicized his name to “Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten”, to distance himself from his actual German family name of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg. Similarly, the House of Hanover (German) changed its name to the House of Windsor. Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the Queen Mother, was strongly opposed to the marriage of her daughter Elizabeth to Philip.
The British royal family has spent more than 70 years trying to downplay or disguise Prince Philip’s heritage and Nazi family connections. Queen Elizabeth II’s own grandmother, Queen Mary, had been born a German princess, and the British Royal family’s strong German roots caused uneasiness during both world wars. Hoping to sweep all this German stuff under the carpet for good, in 1960 Queen Elizabeth II decreed by special order that all of her children and grandchildren were to use the name Mountbatten-Windsor (which sounds a lot less German than Battenberg-Hanover). The recently married Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, has the official name: Henry Charles Albert David Mountbatten-Windsor.