Prince George, Duke of Kent – the late uncle of Queen Elizabeth II – will have his sexuality explored in an upcoming TV series.
Private Lives of the Windsors is a three-part documentary which delves into the history of some lesser-known royals including Prince George, the fifth child of King George V, the Queen’s grandfather, and the younger brother of George VI, her father.
A trailer promises to explore how George “dove headfirst into the subversive and potentially scandalous scene” of London’s LGBT+ nightlife.
“Prince George savoured every excitement that presented itself — men, women, he didn’t discriminate,” the show’s narrator Christy Meyer says.
“He didn’t recognise any boundaries to his sexual exploration.”
Prince George was rumoured to do drag.
Throughout his life Prince George was rumoured to have had affairs with both men and women. Notably, he was said to have had a 19-year relationship with the playwright Noël Coward, who became a close friend of George’s sister in law, Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.
According to The Rake, George and Coward were once “seen parading the streets of London in drag”.
“He was sailing very, very close to the wind, because you have to remember that at that time, homosexuality was illegal,” royal biographer Christopher Warwick says in the Windsors trailer. “You could go to prison for it.”
“It was so different from the formal life he had been brought up in,” adds author D.J. Taylor.
“Suddenly here, just outside the palace gates was this burgeoning free and easy socially mixed alternative world that he could take and leave as he [chose].”
Prince George married a woman.
At 32 years old, Prince George married his second cousin, Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark.
The couple had three children – Prince Edward, the current Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra and Prince Michael – before George’s untimely death in 1942.
The Duke was killed four months short of his 40th birthday, when the RAF aircraft he was in crashed into a hillside near Dunbeath, Caithness in the Scottish Highlands.