You would think that royals are perfect and can’t be in the media for the wrong reasons. And even if for some reasons they were involved in scandals, you would probably think they would be protected by an oath of secrecy sworn by the parties involved.
Unfortunately, that's not the way it works. Over the years most of these scandals have gotten out of the palace's confinement and made it to the ears of their subjects and the world at large.
Here are some of the historic scandals from Queens:
This was the last Queen of France before the French Revolution who ruled between 1774 and 1792. Marie Antoinette was popularly hated throughout the country because of how extravagant she was, at the expense of the commoners.
This hatred must have led to her eventual beheading.
Irene Of Athens
It was said that Irene of Athens, empress of the Byzantine empire, gouged out the eyes of her son to fully take over the throne, which they were sharing at the time. Scary!
Marguerite Of Valois
Marguerite was Queen of France and Navarre between 1572 and 1599. Marguerite, was having difficulty giving her husband an heir, so was sent to live with her brother.
Rumors had it that she started seeing someone else and was soon pregnant, which eventually led to her exile.
Although she begged her way back into the palace, she ended up running away this time, as the marriage was unpleasant.
Catherine Howard was on the throne as Queen of England for just 18 months after becoming the fifth wife of King Henry VIII.
Despite being a teenager and the king 50 years of age, they seemed to have a perfect marriage, until she was accused of adultery with three men.
She was later beheaded in 1542.
Despite being married to the King of Denmark – King Kristian VII (1766), Caroline Matilda started an affair with her husband’s doctor, Enter Struensee.
And because her husband was suffering from mental illness, she found a way to convince him to hand over the throne to the doctor and herself in the meantime. So scandalous!
Mary, Queen Of Scots
Mary, the Queen of Scotland between 1542 and 1567 had such a rough run in the royal circles. First, she married her cousin, Henry Stewart, aka Lord Darnley, after the death of her first husband, then she was accused of killing Lord Darnley.
She made the accusation more intense when she quickly went on to marry the prime suspect of the death of Lord Darnley – Earl of Bothwell. She was eventually executed after fleeing to England.
Empress Catherine II Of Russia
Not a scandal per say as Empress Catherine II of Russia, who was often referred to as Catherine the Great was one of the greatest leaders the Russians ever had.
The scandalous part was when she tried to overthrow her husband who barely had any love for his people. Who wouldn't want to rule?
Isabella of France
If you call Isabella of France the She-wolf of France, you would be right! The queen ended up successfully overthrowing her husband King Edward II who was interested in men.
Of course, she didn’t do it alone, as she had a lover – Roger Mortimer who helped in the grand plan.
She ended up ruling from 1308 to 1327.
Imagine being the reason why a king breaks a country from the Roman Catholic Church. That someone was Anne Boleyn and the king in question is King Henry VII.
King Henry loved Anne so much that he divorced his wife to be with her which is against the dictates of Catholicism. This led to a separated creation called the Church of England. Well, this fairy tale didn’t last as she was later accused of infidelity and was executed.
Queen Sofia Of Spain
Recently, the Queen of Spain- Queen Sofia was in the news for the wrong reasons. Well, it's not for an intense scandal, but a video was released showing her, trying to prevent her two daughters from taking a picture with their grandmother.