Britain's gaffe-prone royal family
Thursday, January 13, 2005 Posted: 1418 GMT (2218 HKT)
LONDON, England (Reuters) -- Prince Harry, 20-year-old grandson of the queen, apologized on Thursday after a photo of him wearing Nazi symbols at a party provoked outrage.
Here are some other embarrassing moments involving Britain's royal family:
Royal family and Nazis
Edward VIII, Harry's great-great uncle, is accused of being a Nazi sympathizer. After giving up the throne to marry divorced American Wallace Simpson in 1937, the couple visited Germany and met Hitler, voicing admiration for his policies.
There are also claims Simpson passed on information to the Nazis because she was having an affair with Joachim von Ribbentrop, Germany's foreign minister.
The father of Princess Michael of Kent, who is married to the queen's cousin, was Austrian Baron Gunther Von Reibnitz who had connections to the Nazi party.
Queen's husband, Prince Philip
On a trip to China in the 1980s, he warned British students: "You'll get slitty eyes if you stay too long."
In 1999, while on a tour of a company near Edinburgh, Scotland, he saw a poorly wired fuse box. "It looks as though it was put in by an Indian," he remarked.
While touring Australia in 2002, the prince asked an Aborigine whether they still threw spears at each other.
In 2001, Philip told a 13-year-old boy whose ambition was to go into space that he was too fat to be an astronaut.
During a visit to Oban in Scotland in 1995 he asked a driving instructor: "How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the (driving) test?"
In 1993, Philip told a Briton he met in Hungary: "You can't have been here that long -- you haven't got a pot belly."
Heir to the throne, Prince Charles
Amid a tabloid frenzy in 2003, the prince denies innuendo of an alleged sexual incident with a servant -- without either the papers or the prince saying what it was he was denying.
A newspaper intercepted a phone call between Charles and and his lover Camilla Parker Bowles in 1993 in which the prince said he wanted to be reincarnated as her tampon.
Queen's daughter, Princess Anne
Became the first British royal to be convicted of a criminal offence in 350 years in 2002 when she pleaded guilty for failing to stop one of her dogs biting two children.
A grumpy Anne told a pensioner who waited outside church on Christmas Day in 2000 to give her a gift: "What a ridiculous thing to do."
Queen's youngest son, Prince Edward
Edward was ridiculed by the media for organizing a royal version of slapstick gameshow "It's a Knockout."
He angered his own family and broke media guidelines when his TV company filmed his own nephew Prince William while at university in 2001.
The same year his wife Sophie was caught out in a newspaper sting making disparaging remarks about the queen, the late queen mother and Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York
In 1992, photos of a topless Sarah Ferguson, ex-wife of the queen's second son Andrew, showed her kissing and apparently having her toes sucked by her "financial adviser," Texan John Bryan, in front of her two small daughters.
Princess Michael of Kent
Dubbed "Princess Pushy" by the British press, she allegedly told a group of black diners in a New York restaurant in 2004 to "go back to the colonies."
Harry gets involved in a scuffle with a photographer after leaving a nightclub in 2004.
In 2002 he admitted dabbling in marijuana and under-age drinking.