If Meghan thought her fam­ily was bad, look what she’s mar­ry­ing

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - One Day To Go Wedding Of The Decade - FIONA WINGETT AS­SO­CIATE ED­I­TOR

IF you thought Meghan Markle’s in­creas­ingly frac­tured fam­ily was dys­func­tional, just take a look at the House of Wind­sor.

The mar­riage of Prince Harry’s own mother and fa­ther was the very epit­ome of dys­func­tional — its break­down be­ing played out for the world to see — and Prince Charles then went on to marry the woman whom Princess Diana had de­scribed as the “third” per­son in the Wales’ mar­riage — Camilla Parker-Bowles.

And Harry has not ex­actly been shy of con­tro­versy, with his dal­liances with drink and drugs, naked romps with a bevy of beau­ti­ful women in Las Ve­gas and the in­fa­mous pic­tures of him dressed as a Nazi at a party in his teens.

His late teens and much of his 20s were filled with ru­mours of drug-tak­ing, wild par­ty­ing and fight­ing in the street. Even be­ing in the army failed to quell his “Party Prince” ways, with wild nights at the Prince of Wales’ coun­try home, High­grove, and the pubs nearby. Al­ways ac­com­pa­nied by his clos­est friends — dubbed Team H — they even set up a night­club in the base­ment of Charles’s man­sion.

And then in 2012, af­ter he had served with the army in Afghanistan, he went for a trip to Sin City it­self, Las Ve­gas, where he romped naked with women, got pub­licly par­a­lytic and par­tied all night.

But it’s not just Harry and his par­ents, with tales of de­bauch­ery, drunk­en­ness and ill-con­ceived pranks fol­low­ing the roy­als wher­ever they go.

Princess Beatrice and her sis­ter Eugenie, daugh­ters of Prince An­drew and Sarah Fer­gu­son, were lit­tle girls when their par­ents split up.

Even be­fore the mar­riage was over, in­fa­mous pic­tures of US fi­nan­cial ad­viser John Bryan suck­ing a top­less Fergie’s toes by a swim­ming pool were pub­lished in a Bri­tish tabloid. When they be­came pub­lic knowl­edge, she was on hol­i­day at Bal­moral with the Queen and much of the ex­tended royal fam­ily.

“She had to come down to break­fast to face the pa­pers and the Queen and the rest of the fam­ily,” a royal in­sider said. “It was one of the worst mo­ments of her life. She was gone within an hour.”

The two princesses have of­ten been pho­tographed bleary-eyed leav­ing Lon­don night­clubs. And both have been crit­i­cised for their jet­set life­style — Princess Beatrice once notched up 15 lux­ury overseas hol­i­days in a year and was a guest on bil­lion­aire Rus­sian oli­garch Ro­man

Abramovic’s su­pery­acht off the Span­ish party is­land of Ibiza. She also re­port­edly sliced the face of su­per­star Ed Sheeran with a sword when pre­tend­ing to knight his fel­low singer James Blunt as a prank at a party.

Much has been writ­ten about their fa­ther Prince “Air­miles” An­drew’s pom­pos­ity, and whole books have been writ­ten about Fergie’s in­dis­cre­tions — in­clud­ing when she tried to sell ac­cess to him for nearly $900,000, telling the un­der­cover re­porter she didn’t “have a pot to p... in”.

But An­drew’s low­est point came when Buck­ing­ham Palace was forced to is­sue an un­prece­dented state­ment em­phat­i­cally deny­ing he had slept with a 17 year-old girl at the cen­tre of an al­leged sex-slave scan­dal in the US. He was ac­cused in court doc­u­ments of sex­u­ally abus­ing the girl, al­legedly sup­plied to him by con­victed sex of­fender Jef­frey Ep­stein.

And then, of course, there is the Queen’s hus­band, 96-year-old Prince Philip, who has been dogged with ru­mours of af­fairs and has trav­elled the world mak­ing an art form of the gaffe. He once said to Bri­tish stu­dents in China, dur­ing a state visit in 1986: “If you stay here much longer, you’ll all be slitty-eyed.” And then, in 2002, he said to a fe­male po­lice of­fi­cer in Scot­land: “You look like a sui­cide bomber.”

The Markle fam­ily have spent much of the last few weeks trash talk­ing Meghan, a sit­u­a­tion that must have felt strangely fa­mil­iar to Harry given the thrice-mar­ried Earl Spencer has re­peat­edly taken swipes at the royal fam­ily. And while Princess Michael of Kent, whom the Queen once de­scribed as seem­ing “a bit too grand for us”, sur­vived rev­e­la­tions her fa­ther was a Nazi, and who wore a racist brooch to a lunch with Meghan Markel, has been quiet of late, her son Lord Fred­er­ick Wind­sor has pre­vi­ously been ex­posed as a co­caine user.

Princess Eugenie en­joys a drink at the races. Pic­ture: Getty

The fa­mously gaffe-prone Prince Philip. Prince Charles gets stuck into the rum. Pic­ture; AFP Harry gets up close and per­sonal with a pal. A grin­ning Prince An­drew has had his fair share of run-ins. Harry shows plenty of naked am­bi­tion dur­ing his de­bauched Las Ve­gas trip. Pic­ture: Splash

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