16. The Baccarat scandal was a source of huge embarrassment for the Queen, not least since her son was central to it
The case quickly became known as the Royal Baccarat Scandal in the press, highlighting the Prince’s part in the sordid affair. His mother, the Queen, was embarrassed. What’s more, the British public even started turning against the Prince of Wales. Indeed, while crowds cheered for his mother, on some occasions, they started booing her son. This gambling scandal, coming so soon after the Prince was named in a divorce petition, only made matters worse. Unsurprisingly, the case drew a lot of attention, both from the press and from the public in general. So, when the Prince was called to the High Court in London to testify, huge crowds queued to try and get a seat in the public gallery.