Sunday, October 28, 2007

Who could it be?

A member of the British royal family is embroiled in a £50,000 sex and drugs blackmail plot.

The alleged blackmailers claimed the royal, who can't be named for legal reasons, was filmed being given oral sex act by an aide.

The duo allegedly demanded £50,000 not to publicise the video. They also claimed to have evidence the royal supplied an aide with cocaine. They suggested they had video of an aide snorting the drug.

It is the first time in 100 years a member of the royal family has been the victim of a blackmail plot.

After the approach from the men in August, the royal tipped off Scotland Yard.

The police set up a sting and two men were arrested at a London hotel on September 11.

They were arrested as they played what they claimed was the sex video.

The two men, aged 30 and 40, appeared before City of Westminster magistrates last month charged with blackmail.

They were remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on December 12. A judge issued a gagging order preventing the royal or any witnesses being named.

It's claimed the extortion attempt began on August 2. A man claimed by phone that a member of the royal's staff had an envelope containing cocaine with the royal's personal insignia.

The video also is claimed to contain unsubstantiated allegations about senior royals, including the Queen.

The last time a royal was blackmailed was in 1891 when the future Edward VII discussed with his solicitor paying off two prostitutes he had visited in return for letters he had written to them. Details emerged only in 2002 when the letters were sold for £8,220 at Bonhams, the auctioneers.

Does that mean we will have to wait 111 years to find out who was involved in this latest scandal?

PS Never mind that the "boat of Moya is leaking" in Bigastro; the boat of the Royal Family must be near sunk!


Anonymous said...

"A judge issued a gagging order"

Which, given the allegations, is a rather unfortunate turn of phrase.

Keith & Pam Williamson said...

Several newspapers used that phrase. I wonder if they were just being naughty.

If it was the aide that supplied the video to the blackmailers, they'd feel choked in more ways than one.