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The Prince, the Princess and the Perfect Murder by Andrew Rose
  

The Prince, the Princess and the Perfect Murder

Biography / Autobiography   History   

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In Paris during WWI, Prince Edward (The Duke of Windsor) became enamoured of Marguerite Alibert, a doubtful woman about town - in 1923 long after her affair with the Prince had ended she was on trial for shooting her third husband. The British establishment and the Royal Family were now faced with the Prince becoming embroiled in the trial, not only his relationship with Alibert to become public knowledge but also the fact it was carried on during the war years. Andrew Rose has cunningly pieced together what remains of the evidence to tell the story of how the Prince’s affair was almost erased from history.

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The Prince, the Princess and the Perfect Murder by Andrew Rose

The royal family's darkest secret and the establishment cover-up. Half a century before Dodi and Diana, another Prince of Wales would be involved in a deadly love triangle with a fabulously wealthy Egyptian prince. Prince Edward was the future King of England, a destiny he would famously forsake over his love for Wallis Simpson. But two decades prior he was involved in another love affair that threatened to jeopardize the royal family. The story took place in maisons de rendezvous, luxurious chateaux in the French countryside providing hospitality for the British upper classes, the richest food, the finest wines and the most beautiful women, the violent and dangerous Paris demi-monde - where many of the women came from - and the Savoy hotel in London, where a murder was committed. This major royal scandal, superbly covered up by the Royal family, the government and the judiciary has remained secret ever since. This is the story of a passionate and deadly love affair set against the dramatic backdrop of the Great War. Edward was enthralled by the 'crazy physical attraction' of Marguerite Alibert, queen of the Paris demi-monde. When he broke off their hidden relationship, Edward thought that he was free of Marguerite. He was wrong. After the war, as a violent thunderstorm raged outside the luxurious Savoy Hotel in London Marguerite fired three shots from a semi-automatic pistol. Her husband, and Egyptian multimillionaire and playboy, was shot dead at point blank range. Marguerite stood trial for murder at the Old Bailey. As Prince Charming and poster boy of the British Empire, Edward now risked exposure as a degenerate wastrel, partying behind the lines while thousands were blown away on the Western Front. Andrew Rose, using his long experience as a barrister and judge, has uncovered a royal scandal carefully airbrushed from history. Edward never quite escaped from Marguerite who had taught the arts of love to a once and future King. The Prince, the Princess and the Perfect Murder is the product of several years' research, accessing unpublished documents held in the Royal Archives and private collections in England and France.

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Andrew Rose cracks the case in dramatic detail, turning up compelling new evidence. - The Times

About the Author

Andrew Rose is a barrister, an author and historian who has written biographies based on controversial criminal trials of the last century, exploring a rich backdrop of contemporary social, legal, and political issues. Wide-ranging experience as barrister and judge has helped Andrew delve deeply into the dramatic lives of all sorts and conditions of folk, saints and sinners alike. With a judicious eye, Andrew takes a sideways look at the exercise of authority, at the ways of humankind, at people enduring extreme challenges of life and death, sometimes highlighted in blackly humorous - even absurdist - situations.

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Book Info

Publication date

13th March 2014

Author

Andrew Rose

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Publisher

Coronet Books an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
History

Crime & mystery

ISBN

9781444776478

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