Monday, May 30, 2005

Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence


Prince Albert, also known as Prince Eddy, was the eldest son of the Edward Prince of Wales who became Edward VII.

Prince Albert was reportedly involved in the Cleveland Street Scandal of 1889.

This scandal involved a 'rentboy' brothel in London's Cleveland Street.

Public Record Office police papers and the letters of Lord Arthur Somerset apparently show that the Prince was involved with boys.

Prince Albert was reported to have died of pneumonia in 1892.

Alternative theories are that:

1. he died of syphilis.
2. he was given a morphine overdose.
3. he survived until the 1920s in an asylum on the Isle of Wight.

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The scandal began when the police went to 19 Cleveland Street in London's West End to arrest 35 year old Charles Hammond and his 18 year old accomplice Henry Newlove. Hammond had fled but Newlove was found at his mother's house.

Henry Newlove implicated
1. Lord Arthur Somerset, head of the Prince of Wales' stables
2. The Earl of Euston
3. an Army Colonel.

Telegraph boys confirmed that Lord Somerset was a regular client.

There were hints that Prince Albert (Prince Eddy), was involved in the Cleveland Street affair.

Ernest Parke, the editor the The North London Press, wondered why Newlove and his associate escaped with 'light' sentences.

The paper paper named the Earl of Euston and Lord Somerset, and said they had been allowed to leave the country to cover up the involvement of someone "more distinguished and more highly placed."

The Earl of Euston sued Parke. Parke refused to reveal his sources and was sentenced to twelve months in prison.

There was a prosecution of Henry Newlove's defence lawyer, Arthur Newton, because he had warned Hammond to flee the country. Newton was convicted.

The judge declared that Newton had helped Hammond escape to prevent him from testifying against his aristocratic clients.

In 1890, Henry Labouchere, a radical MP, claimed in parliament that the Prime Minister had arranged for Lord Arthur Somerset to escape. The MPs voted 204 to 66 not to have an investigation.

The press reports on the Cleveland Street Scandal led to pressure for a crackdown on certain types of sexual activity. In 1895 Oscar Wilde was put on trial.
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